The Briggs Law Firm Ocala Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney | PI | The Briggs Law Firm 2021-12-13T17:39:06Z https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/feed/atom/ WordPress On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Statistics on large truck accidents and distracted driving]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47525 2021-12-13T17:39:06Z 2021-12-13T17:39:06Z Large truck accidents and distractions The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that according to the results of a three-year study, distractions outside of truck cabs played a role in roughly 11,000 truck collisions across the U.S. Examples of external distractions include billboards, people and buildings. However, many distractions inside of trucks pose a risk as well. For example, some truck drivers lose focus on the road because of cell phone use, eating, adjusting the radio or using a GPS.

Distracted drivers and the impact of large truck crashes

When a large truck driver takes their eyes off of the road, or they lose mental focus, the risk of an accident increases. Even if a driver only becomes distracted for a matter of seconds, a devastating accident could occur. These accidents often leave victims unable to work and can cause painful injuries that generate costly medical expenses. The victims of large truck accidents caused by distracted drivers deserve justice.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Reviewing statistics on bike accidents]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47522 2021-11-24T17:47:24Z 2021-11-24T17:47:24Z Data on bike accident injuries and fatalities The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over the course of 2015, bike accidents resulted in nearly 465,000 injuries. During the same year, more than 1,000 bicyclists lost their lives. Moreover, the CDC states that in terms of lost productivity and medical expenses over the course of a victim's life, bike accident injuries led to $10 billion in losses during 2010.

Risk factors associated with bike accidents

The CDC states that a majority of bike accidents take place outside of intersections, in urban locations. Male bicyclists are more likely to sustain an injury or die in accidents when compared to female bicyclists, and those between the ages of 50 and 59 lose their lives in bike accidents more than any other age group. Bicyclists between 5 and 19 are especially likely to become injured in accidents when compared to other age groups. Bike accident victims face various hardships, whether they lose the ability to walk, struggle to pay medical bills or suffer emotional challenges. If you are dealing with the aftermath of an accident, examine all of your options as you work toward recovery.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[What Malpractice Issues Disproportionately Impact Seniors?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47519 2021-11-19T13:36:09Z 2021-11-19T13:36:09Z What are some of the dangers seniors face with medical care? Because wellness for senior adults can be something of a balancing act, medical providers must take enhanced precautions to account for all these issues:
  • Multiple health conditions and potential drug interactions. Many seniors require several powerful medications. Providers must watch first for drug interactions.
  • Diminished provider expectations. Often physicians grow complacent about care for older adults, becoming cavalier about their needs and quality of life.
  • Clear communication. Between hearing loss and unfamiliarity with hospital jargon, seniors often do not understand what they hear.
  • Lessened restitution. Another factor contributing to the casual attitude of providers is the recognition that seniors often do not provide for others and therefore will receive lower compensation for malpractice.

What precautions can help prevent medical malpractice against seniors?

One of the most important considerations, when you select medical providers, is to insist that the physician treating you as a senior has expertise in dealing with older adults and their issues. It is ironic that seniors, their families and their caregivers must pay especially close attention to medical personal simply because those providers often do an inadequate job of paying attention to older adults.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[What should you know about cervical spinal cord injuries?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47516 2021-11-16T13:39:33Z 2021-11-16T13:39:33Z cervical spine is within the neck and consists of the C-1 through C-7 vertebrae. Because of the proximity to the head and brain, these injuries are usually more severe than other types of spinal cord damage. Understanding cervical spine injuries is crucial if you or a loved one is currently facing recovery. Here are a few important points to keep in mind.

How are these injuries diagnosed?

Imaging procedures can detect physical damage within multiple areas of the spine. Doctors also use physical examinations to determine the patient's level of strength and sensation within the limbs. Doctors may also utilize other types of diagnostic testing, depending on the nature of the injuries.

What effects do they cause?

It typically depends on where the damage takes place. Damage to the C-1 to C-4 nerves can cause paralysis in the extremities, problems breathing, an inability to speak, the need for assistive devices, such as wheelchairs. These injuries are often the most severe. Damage to the C-5 through C-8 nerves is less severe, but it can also cause effects like issues with bowel and bladder control, wrist extension, and grip strength.

What is the outlook for people with cervical spine injuries?

Whether a patient achieves a full or partial recovery depends on the severity of the injuries. Medical staff will provide physical and occupational therapy to help patients restore strength and function. If a patient requires an assistive device, the patient may receive training on how to use it correctly. Medication is also used to reduce pain and swelling. Some people require assistance for the rest of their lives, while others are able to live independently.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Emotional changes after a traumatic brain injury]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47512 2021-10-28T18:16:33Z 2021-10-28T18:16:33Z emotional changes you may experience following your accident.

Irritability

Irritability is a common emotional change following a TBI, affecting approximately 70% of all patients. You may find that you are more likely to slam doors, yell, throw objects or use profane language than you were before the accident. A mental health professional with experience treating patients with TBI may be able to teach you anger management skills. It can also help to decrease exposure to situations that you know to be triggers.

Depression

Feelings of frustration, sadness and loss are common after a TBI, especially after a few months when you know more about the long-term effects. If these feelings interfere with your recovery or become overwhelming, you may be suffering from depression. Depression is an illness rather than a state of mind that can change through force of will. It has both physical and psychological components, and damage to your brain from your injury may be a contributing factor. Fortunately, it is treatable.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a sense of nervousness or fear that is disproportionate to the situation. It can be a symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder from the accident or result from stressful circumstances, especially those involving cognitive tasks that are difficult for you following the accident. Counseling, medications and structured activities can all help relieve anxiety. A TBI from a car accident can also cause emotional lability, meaning that you cycle through different emotions very quickly.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Should school sports teams have athletic trainers on staff?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47509 2021-10-13T16:19:12Z 2021-10-13T16:19:12Z employing athletic trainers to keep student-athletes safer.

Avoid injuries

One of the arguments for bringing in trainers is that they can help to avoid injuries. These professionals have athletic training that allows them to understand the body and proper training measures. They can ensure proper form and check athletes for limitations that could lead to injuries. They also can look over an athlete who has pain or had a rough time during a game or match to assess if the student needs further medical attention.

Address medical issues

Trainers have a health background, so they understand how to spot issues with an athlete that an untrained person may not notice. They can serve as a first contact if an athlete suffers an injury and ensure nobody aggravates the situation by following proper medical protocol. Coaches only have basic first aid training, so having someone with more advanced knowledge is a huge benefit. It serves as a safety net for students and could even save a life. Student Health and safety should be the first priority, but many opposed to adding athletic trainers to school sports worry more about costs. However, the loss of a student-athlete due to a health issue or an injury, can put things in perspective. Unfortunately, that is often what it takes to win this type of argument.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[What are some signs of a skull fracture?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47506 2021-10-01T15:11:14Z 2021-10-01T15:11:14Z Visible and obvious signs Healthline explains some symptoms that may show up soon after a skull fracture. A wound that caused the fracture will likely bleed. A skull fracture may produce pain and swelling at the wound site or intense headaches and migraines in general. You might also experience frequent bouts of vomiting. Paralysis is another possibility. Some skull fractures produce brain damage which may impact your nervous system and muscles. The degree of paralysis can vary. Some people just experience paralysis in a few limbs. Others may have loss of feeling in both arms and legs. Even full-body paralysis is possible.

Cognitive problems

A skull fracture has the potential to impact your cognitive abilities. You may feel confused about your surroundings. Concentration may become difficult. Skull damage may also distort your emotional state. You could feel irritated at moments when you would usually never feel negative emotions. A skull injury can also make it hard to stay awake. You may feel drowsy constantly. It is possible you could faint. This could be especially dangerous if you are operating a vehicle or faint in a dangerous location.

Seek help when necessary

Forms of head trauma like a skull fracture are health problems you should deal with as soon as possible. If you recognize a recent auto accident has given you symptoms of a potentially dangerous condition, you know to seek out medical assistance to preserve your life and health.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Road rage and serious car accidents: What you should know]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47503 2021-09-21T15:50:04Z 2021-09-21T15:50:04Z car accident fatalities involved at least one form of aggressive driving. Aggressive driving behaviors can lead to serious and deadly automobile accidents.

How to spot the signs of road rage

It is important to be able to identify the signs of aggressive driving so you can minimize your risk of being involved in a car accident and potentially save others as well. The Insurance Information Institute lists the following indications of road rage:
  • Speeding or racing other vehicles
  • Cutting off or blocking other vehicles from changing lanes
  • Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle
  • Failing to follow traffic signals, traffic signs or yield to other motorists right of way
  • Changing lanes erratically
  • Honking the horn excessively or yelling out obscenities
Angry drivers may pass on the shoulder of the road or even get out of their vehicles with the intent to harm other motorists.

What you should do

When someone is displaying aggressive driving behaviors, your first reaction may be to engage and fight back. However, officers urge you to avoid making eye contact and alert law enforcement so they can handle the issue safely. If your temper is flaring while behind the wheel, try calming down by turning on the radio or taking deep breaths. Keep in mind that getting to your destination safely is the number one goal. You do not want to cause an accident that could injure yourself or others.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[Why do backover accidents happen so frequently?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47488 2021-09-10T16:21:04Z 2021-09-10T16:21:04Z more than 50%. Sadly, in 2019, approximately 6,200 pedestrians died from injuries they suffered when cars collided with them. Backover accidents, where motorists drive in reverse over the top of pedestrians, make up a large percentage of all pedestrian-related accidents. Because of the considerable weight difference between cars and people, these accidents are often catastrophic.

Distractions behind the wheel

Distracted driving is a common and deadly problem in Florida and across the country. While most drivers realize the importance of paying attention when driving on the highway, focusing on reversing a vehicle is equally important. Regrettably, drivers may use the time after entering their cars to fiddle with the radio, respond to a text message or engage in other distracting behaviors instead of paying attention to backing out of their parking spaces.

Overreliance on backup cameras

Since 2018, federal law has required all new cars sold in the U.S. to have backup cameras. While backup cameras undoubtedly keep pedestrians safe, they may also encourage drivers to reverse irresponsibly. That is, if drivers do not check for camera blindspots, they may not be able to see pedestrians behind their vehicles. If a motorist backs his or her vehicle over you, you may suffer broken bones, internal injuries, spinal cord damage or other catastrophic injuries. Ultimately, pursuing financial compensation for your injuries may be necessary to receive the treatment you need to recover completely.]]>
On Behalf of The Briggs Law Firm <![CDATA[What is a commercial truck?]]> https://www.thebriggslawfirm.com/?p=47485 2021-08-31T18:01:29Z 2021-08-31T18:01:29Z commercial trucks, according to FindLaw.

Use

The first distinguishing feature of a commercial truck is it is a vehicle for use by a business. These trucks carry products or supplies from one point to another. The majority of products you see in stores arrived there by truck.

License

Anyone driving a commercial truck must have a special license. A commercial driver’s license has stricter requirements than a general driver’s license. It also comes with more responsibilities and harsher penalties if a person violates traffic laws.

Size

The main distinguishing characteristic of a commercial truck is the size. These trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. Considering your typical car weighs in at 3,000 pounds, this is a huge difference. These vehicles are much taller and wider than a standard vehicle. The size of a commercial vehicle makes it more difficult to drive and requires additional skills. It takes longer to stop a big rig. It is more difficult to handle in adverse weather conditions, and the driver has limited sightlines. It is very easy to end up in a truck’s blind spot because they are various and large, which leads to many accidents. A commercial vehicle poses a danger to other vehicles. When driving near or around them, passenger vehicles drivers should give them space if possible to help avoid accidents.]]>