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Preventing TBIs This Summer

Summer is a great time to be outside and enjoy fun with family and friends.  Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks, too.  Sometimes, outdoor activities can leave you more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:

Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Healing Process

Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later.  Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory.  Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision. Post-TBI, many patients find that the road to recovery is long, hard, and takes a variety of different professionals to manage the healing process.  It can be a complicated, frustrating, and emotional time.  

If you have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor your body's response and recovery after the accident.  If you suspect a TBI, immediately seek help from a qualified physician who can diagnose you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100.

Memorial Day Weekend Driving

Enjoy your holiday weekend, but remember to be safe on the road, too. Memorial Day weekend is an especially dangerous weekend for driving on Pennsylvania roads.  Data from prior years shows a marked increase in car-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the state during this holiday weekend from Friday afternoon-Monday evening.   For example, in 2015, the state police were called in to investigate over 700 accidents.  Out of these accidents, there were 13 deaths and almost 250 injuries.  The majority of these accidents were alcohol-related. On top of investigating accidents, the state police made over 450 DUI arrests and cited over 1,000 people for not wearing their seatbelts. Over 300 adults were cited for not having children in proper safety seats, too. 

Summer Driving Hazards

Summer driving is just around the corner! As you drive to go on vacation, visit family and friends, and enjoy outdoor gatherings, are you being safe while driving, too? According to national statistics, the months of July and August are two of the months that are most highly correlated with car accidents and car-related deaths.  Additionally, teenage drivers are especially at risk for accidents during these months, too.

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. 

Bicycle Safety Month

PennDOT periodically partners with other organizations to hold events aimed at community outreach and safety.  Recently, they held an event in partnership with several other organizations in Lycoming County to raise awareness about bicycle safety.  This event, which was a bike rodeo, focused on bike safety and helmet use in an effort to address Bicycle Safety Month.  Children who attended this event learned about PA's bicycle laws and general safety tips.  Some children received a free helmet, and there was a bicycle course set up at the event for participants to ride through.   PennDOT data from 2017 reflects a high number of bicycle accidents across the state, including over 1,000 crashes.  These crashes resulted in nearly 100 significant medical injuries and over 20 deaths.  Hopefully, these outreach programs will reduce these statistics in the coming years. 

Bicycling This Spring

Spring is here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and will be out walking, running, and riding their bicycles.  However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on roads that are frequently shared with cars.  Specifically relating to bicycle riding, general statistics state that about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year due to bicycle accidents. The most common bicycle injury, and most common cause of death, is as a result of a brain injury.  
In order to keep yourself safer on the road, consider the following tips and tricks:
  • Always, always, ALWAYS wear a helmet. 
  • Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including the tire pressure, brakes, and reflectors. 
  • Wear reflective and bright clothing any time you're riding.  
  • Respect cars on the road and leave room! Be aware of their blind spots, including car doors potentially opening towards you.
As a car driver in our area, it is also your responsibility to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Symptoms After Accidents Aren't Always Immediate

Have you ever had an exceptionally active day and felt fine in the moment,  but experienced significant pain days and weeks later?  The same can be true for automobile accidents, too.  Even when these collisions may appear minor at first, they can have lasting physical and emotional effects that can impact both your work and personal life.  

Greyhound Buses Sued After Serious Wreck on PA Highway

Although we may think more commonly about car and truck accidents, bus accidents are not uncommon, either.  Recently, Greyhound was sued for injuries its passengers sustained while riding one of their buses from New York City to Cleveland.  According to news reports, the bus crashed after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  One of the 43 passengers died and many sustained severe injuries.  One passenger recently received a payment of $27M from the bus company due to the severity of his injuries, which included an amputation of one of his legs and over 30 surgeries related to other injuries.  

RV Driver Goes Wrong Way Down Highway, Kills Two

Highway accidents, especially those involving larger vehicles, can have serious and deadly consequences.  Recently, two teenagers in Florida were killed after an RV crossed lanes and hit their car head-on.  News reports state that their parents sought legal action and were awarded $10M as a result of the action. Unfortunately, this tragedy is all too common on our nation's roads and highways.

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