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Chronic Pain Following A Car Wreck

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows an accident may seem like common sense.  However, did you know that car crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain?  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to many different types of accidents and injuries. The focus of their studies include areas like car accidents, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. Their study involved interviewing patients across multiple years. They interviewed over 200 patients three times over a period of four years. Their results may be surprising!  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, over 30% of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain following their trauma.  However, there was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  

Low Speed Doesn't Mean No A Lack of Injuries

Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident.  You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be.  According to a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed.  However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk.  The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks.  These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.

How Cars and Motorcyclists Can Share The Road

Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road.  However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road.  Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:

Car Accidents Rise In The Summer

You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets.  An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September.  Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer.  It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer. 

Safest Spots In A Car

Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident?  A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results.  According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat.  Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors.  Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury.  Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers.  Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too.  Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision.  Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.

Rain and Auto Accidents

Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country.  Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%.  The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before.  For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry. 

What Is A Bad Faith Claim?

Have you ever heard the term "bad faith claim" and weren't quite sure what it meant?  In short, this concept describes situations where insurance companies don't fulfill their policy obligation to you to its full ability.  This can mean that they aren't timely in processing your claim, aren't fully investigating the claim, or aren't paying you properly for your claim.  Each state is slightly different in how it identifies, processes, and frames bad faith claims.  

State Guardrails and Your Car Accident

In recent news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that PennDOT, our state's transportation department, can be held liable for vehicular injuries caused by dangerous guardrails on our state's highways.  Usually, the state cannot be sued for damages due to negligence under an act called the Sovereign Immunity Act; however, it was ruled that exemptions can be made for state guardrails that were installed negligently and whose design creates a dangerous situation.  This new ruling came after a case in which a person was in a car accident during winter.  The snowy and icy conditions caused the driver to spin out and hit a guardrail.  The guardrail ended up spearing the car and also caused injuries to the driver.  Although this exemption cannot be assumed in all car accident cases on our highways, it is an important ruling to keep in mind. 

Delayed Impact of Car Accidents

A lot goes through your mind when you are in a car crash.  Sometimes, the emotional and physical impact of your crash doesn't really "set in" until a few days after the accident occurs.  There are many injuries related to car crashes that may not be immediately apparent right after the accident happens.  For example, many common injuries that can show up in the days or weeks following an accident include whiplash, headaches, back and neck pain, fogginess and disorientation, and emotional effects.  

Passenger Claims and Car Accidents

When you are driving and another car hits you, you may know that you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries.  However, sometimes people do not realize that you have rights as a car passenger, too.  If you are a passenger and are involved in a car accident in which you are injured, you can also potentially seek compensation for your injuries.  Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or both drivers may have paid a role in the corresponding injuries.  Either way, the passenger may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.

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