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Will you notice your car accident injuries right away?

If you get into a car accident and you find yourself standing on the side of the road, marveling at the fact that you didn't get hurt, it may be time to question whether you did or not. If you feel fine, does that mean you really are?

It doesn't. There are many conditions that only show up later. Whiplash. Head injuries. Brain injuries. Internal injuries. The list goes on. Hours, days, weeks or even months later, you may realize that you actually did suffer injuries in the crash. Feeling fine after the accident was just an illusion.

Getting justice after being hit by a drunk driver

No words can describe the pain and suffering that victims of drunk driving accidents go through. In addition to the physical injuries that they need to heal from, victims also have to deal with many painful emotions, from frustration, sadness, grief, and anger toward the person who did this.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, it is important that you are able to process what has happened. Taking legal action to get justice could not only help you financially, but it could also enable you to gain closure after such a traumatic chapter of your life. The following are some things you should consider before taking legal action.

Beware of accidents in road construction zones

Those who regularly drive to or around Baton Rouge often remark that the road construction projects never seem to cease. It's true that there does seem to be a lot of road construction going on in Red Stick at any given season of the year.

The good thing is that with the completion of each project, the roads are ostensibly made safer and easier to navigate. The negative takeaway is that during the height of the road work, both highway workers and drivers experience enhanced risk on the roads and interstates.

Don't hold the wheel at 10 and 2

You were probably told that you need to put your hands on the steering wheel at "ten and two." This was common advice for decades, and it just means imagining the wheel as a clock and holding it where the 10:00 and 2:00 positions would be. It's advice that was given to millions of students, year after year.

It's also outdated.

Student driver hit by drunk driver

A driver who the police believe was drunk crashed into a student driver and an instructor in Louisiana. While both appear to be stable and are expected to live through their injuries, those injuries are severe and put both the 17-year-old student and the instructor in the hospital.

According to local reports, the teen and the instructor were driving together at about 5:30 p.m. They had "stopped to yield before merging" when the man in the other car hit them at about 60 miles per hour. It was a violent head-on crash that caused the drunk driver's car to flip and smash into a third car, though it appears there was only property damage in that case.

Know the reasons why school bus accidents occur

Buses can be a convenient way of getting your kids to school, but they can also be very dangerous. School bus accidents are relatively rare compared to other traffic incidents, but they do happen, especially under certain conditions.

Sometimes drivers become distracted when they are behind the wheel. The distractions that preoccupy the bus operator often take place inside the vehicle rather than outside of it. Children may become noisy and unruly. It's not uncommon for them to start fighting with each other. School bus drivers can also easily become distracted by their phones, drinking and even smoking.

5 types of evidence for crash reconstruction

The process of crash reconstruction is very important after an accident. Drivers often do not remember what happened or give conflicting accounts. Accidents seem to happen so quickly. People who were directly involved and should give accurate accounts may fail to do so. The crash reconstruction team can work backward to determine what happened and who was at fault.

In general, the crash reconstruction team is going to look at five different types of evidence. They are as follows:

  1. Physical evidence
  2. Video evidence
  3. Electronic evidence
  4. Audio evidence
  5. Testimonial evidence

Motorcyclists should watch for distracted drivers behind them

As a motorcyclist, you spend most of your time watching the traffic ahead of you, beside you and coming your way. The biggest threat from distracted driving seems to be a driver who begins drifting into your lane from the oncoming lanes or someone who merges without seeing that you're already occupying that lane.

However, it's important to also keep an eye on the cars behind you, especially when you are stopped at a light or a stop sign. If these drivers get distracted, they may fail to stop in time and cause a violent rear-end accident.

Spinal cord injuries can produce lifelong issues for victims

Motor vehicle accidents, including those involving motorcycles, is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. These incidents account for nearly half of the new cases annually. Falls, acts of violence, sports, alcohol and diseases are all on the list behind the motor vehicle injuries. Regardless of the cause of these crashes, the victims often face serious life impacts.

There are several risk factors that make a person more likely to suffer a spinal cord injury. While these don't necessarily have to do with a motor vehicle crash, they might apply to other accident cases.

  • Age: People who are 16 to 30 are more likely to suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury, and people over 65 are most likely to suffer a spinal cord injury from a fall. The average age of individuals at the time they suffer the spinal cord injury is 43 years old.
  • Risky behaviors: For people under 65 years old, motor vehicles are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Driving safely can help to prevent some of these tragedies.
  • Gender: Males account for the vast majority of traumatic spinal cord injuries in this country. Only around 20% of these injuries happen to females.

Weekends lead to higher crash rates

You need to be wary of the accident risks that you face every single time you get behind the wheel. Regardless of the day of the week or the time of day, you could get hit by a careless, negligent driver. For many age groups, car accidents are a top reason for accidental injury and death.

That said, the weekends are decidedly more dangerous than weekdays. Reports consistently see an increase in accidents over the weekend, and drivers need to be aware of this risk. If you can drive during the week and avoid doing so on the weekends, you can make yourself far less likely to get injured in a crash.

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