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The importance of an aggressive legal strategy after an injury

Suffering a serious injury, whether it is to the head, spinal cord injury or a compound or spiral fracture, typically means you will have a long period of convalescence and a lot of medical expenses in your future.

Focusing on the positive during your medical journey is important, as the right attitude can encourage your health care providers to give you the best standard of care. Remaining positive can also keep you focused on your recuperation, during physical therapy and even while you rest. However, you will need more than a positive attitude when it's time to seek compensation for your injuries.

Highway deaths involving big rigs are on the rise

Whether you are traveling on Interstate 35 or another of the major thoroughfares in and around Austin, at any given moment, you are likely to be driving near one or more semitrucks. Should an accident occur, if a big rig is involved, injuries to occupants of passenger vehicles can be catastrophic or even fatal.

In fact, while highway deaths are overall on the decline, the same cannot be said for fatalities in crashes involving semitrucks. Along with highway deaths in urban areas like Austin, last year saw an uptick in fatalities with large trucks.

Traumatic brain injury: Things you need to know

A traumatic brain injury has the potential to alter your life. For this reason, it's imperative to understand the finer details of the injury, including the type of treatment that gives you the best chance of making a full recovery.

The first thing you need to know about a traumatic brain injury is that it requires immediate medical attention. If you have any reason to believe you've suffered this type of injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, don't delay in calling 911.

Seniors, statistically, are less safe on the roads

Drivers deal with any number of potential hazards on the road every day. From potholes to animals attempting to cross the street, just about anything can impact the safety of your daily commute.

In order to keep themselves safe, people often engage in risk management by avoiding situations that could be dangerous. People also learn to look for drivers who could pose more risk than others.

Inadequate lighting and security can result in premises liability

For many people, the term "premises liability" conjures mental images of dramatic slip-and-fall accidents. While that is one significant source of liability for business owners, it is not the only issue. Businesses open to the public and landlords of all kinds also incur premises liability for any injury related to inadequate maintenance of a property.

Negligence on the part of a landlord or a business can lead to serious ramifications for visitors and tenants. One such risk, experienced all too often by people in Austin, is the potential for violence and crime in areas without adequate lighting or security systems. If you suffered serious injuries or property loss as the result of a crime that occurred on someone else's property, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation from the property owner, landlord or business owner.

Broken bones from a car accident are not a minor injury

Crashes between two or more motor vehicles present a serious risk of injury. For the people involved in these collisions, medical consequences can include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death. When the crash involves multiple vehicles or a large commercial truck, the potential for severe and even fatal injuries often increases.

It makes sense, then, that people who walk away from a crash with only a broken bone may feel like they are lucky. After all, broken bones knit over time, and most people with such an injury can return to work after a few weeks or perhaps a few months of recovery time. For those who work in offices or customer service, an immediate return to work may be possible. However, broken bones can have profound and lasting consequences for people involved in car crashes.

You can do things to prevent a bicycle-car accident

If you enjoy riding your bicycle, just the same as many in and around Austin, it's imperative that your safety always comes first. While you may be sure of the things you can do to protect yourself, don't forget that drivers don't always take as much caution.

There are things you can do as a bicyclist to prevent an accident with a motor vehicle, including the following:

  • Make eye contact: Don't assume that drivers will know what you're thinking. Don't assume they will take extreme caution as a means of keeping you safe. When you make eye contact and use hand signals, you'll feel better about sharing the road.
  • Watch for doors: It's so easy to focus all your attention on moving vehicles that you overlook those that are parked. If a door swings open into your path, you may not have enough time to react. This can result in a fast paced head-on crash.
  • Right turns put you at risk: When a driver makes a right turn, they may not see you traveling on your bike. Depending on your proximity to one another, this can result in a serious accident. As you approach intersections, always look over your left shoulder for a vehicle that may be turning right.
  • Take advantage of bicycle lanes: If you have access to a bicycle lane you should spend most your time riding here. There may be times when you have no choice but to consider other options, such as riding in traffic with motor vehicles, but the bike lane is where you really want to be.

Anesthesia mistakes can prove fatal for the patient

The idea of going under the knife for a surgery can make most people relatively nervous. However, the part of the surgery that people fixate on is rarely the most dangerous component. People worry about getting cut open, when there is very little risk to that process in a controlled setting.

The doctor in charge of your surgery will have plenty of experience with carefully performing the operation and minimizing the damage to your tissues. There are also many safeguards in place, from monitoring by nurses to safety checklists that further reduce the risk of a serious mistake in a surgery.

Driving too close to commercial trucks can put you at risk

Driving safely means managing multiple risk factors every time you hit the road. Of course, you already know that you need to monitor your vehicle for safety issues, such as the potential for your engine to overheat. You also need to pay close attention to other people on the road.

Watching out for drivers who are swerving or otherwise driving erratically is an important safety precaution. Similarly, you should make sure that you always give commercial trucks a wide berth. Driving too close to them could increase your risk of a crash, and as a smaller vehicle, you will likely suffer worse damages than the commercial truck.

How paralysis from a car crash changes your life in Texas

Car crashes happen every day in the state of Texas. Some of them are minor, with nothing more than property damage and maybe some bruising to the people involved. Others are more significant, causing massive injury and even death.

One of the more severe injuries people can suffer after a major collision is the spinal cord injury leading to paralysis. Some people can also develop partial paralysis or other mobility issues as a result of traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of whether you injured your head or your back, a paralyzing injury that affects your mobility can completely change your life.

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