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Brain injuries are common after motor vehicle crashes

Whenever you drive or ride on a motor vehicle, you're taking a minor risk that you could be in an accident. After all, traffic accidents happen every day in Ohio. Sometimes, people walk away from crashes unscathed. Others may experiencing bruising, cuts, broken bones, spinal injuries or even worse.

Brain injuries are also a relatively common injury associated with car crashes. If you lost consciousness, even for a few seconds, you should seek medical care immediately after the accident. Doctors can look at your injuries and determine if you need further testing or observation.

Injured in a car accident? Be sure to get witness statements

A car accident can happen when you least expect it. For example, imagine driving along on your daily commute to the office. You take the same route every day, stop at the same café for a latte, and you even park in the same spot in the employee parking lot. Usually, your commute is uneventful other than the occasional squirrel running into the road, that is, until that one day when it is not. You were involved in a car accident in an intersection. The other driver ran a stop sign and T-boned you on the passenger side.

You know what to do after a car accident. You assess your injuries, and if possible, you check on the other driver. You go through all the steps in your head: Call the police, get the other driver's insurance information, and call your insurance company. You feel like you missed something, but it is hard to put your finger on it with the post-accident adrenaline rush.

How an attorney helps with insurance issues after a car crash

You've been faithfully paying your motor vehicle insurance premium for years, maybe even decades. When you experience a serious accident and injuries as a result, you expect that your insurance provider will cover the injuries. It's important to remember, however, that insurance companies want to limit the financial impact of an accident by reducing their liability. This financial incentive can result in denied claims, months of delay and hassle or even ridiculously low settlement offers.

An Ohio attorney with experience in personal injury cases can help you work with the insurance company. Your attorney can review settlement offers to determine if they are too low, given the nature and extent of your injuries. Your attorney can negotiate for a better settlement or explore other options for compensation, such as a civil suit against the other driver.

Avoid jeopardizing your rights after a car accident

Sooner or later, most Americans will be involved in a car accident of some kind. Whether a serious multicar crash or a low-speed fender-bender, a collision can have a widespread impact on your life. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance, of course. Yet your finances may also be on the line. Injuries are costly, and you could end up missing work.

From the first moments after a crash, it's important to avoid jeopardizing your rights. Protect yourself by following these seven tips.

6 quick facts about spinal cord injuries

As you are driving home from work, another vehicle slams into your car. Once you realize what happened, you take a quick stock of everything. You quickly realize that something is very wrong. You can't feel your legs.

What does this mean? You might have suffered a spinal cord injury during the crash. A spinal cord injury is almost always considered a catastrophic injury. If that is the case, you need to know these six points.

What to do if you get hit by a car

As young children, we learn to be cautious around traffic. Safety rules are drilled into us: Always look both ways before crossing the street. Don't cross at an intersection without first making eye contact with the driver. Assume that drivers don't see you, even in crosswalks.

As adults, we lose some of those habits. We're busy, rushed and distracted. We might be checking our phones or listening to music. We forget about the risks that every pedestrian - adult, child or adolescent - must take seriously.

Of course, even when you're following all the rules as a pedestrian, accidents still happen - and with unfortunate regularity. Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed by cars each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The roads are teeming with inattentive, drunk and careless drivers.

So what should you do if you get struck by a car?

Urban bicycle commuters should follow these safety tips

Do you commute to work on your bicycle? Do you find yourself doing so on busy city streets both in the morning and evening hours?

Regardless of your route to the office, nothing changes the fact that this is a great way to save money, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

There is only one problem with commuting in this fashion: You could be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Commercial truck accidents can drastically alter your life

You've always been a good driver, or at least not a dangerous one. You watch for traffic, merge carefully, and even if you occasionally speed, you do so in safe driving conditions. Sometimes, however, no matter how hard you try to stay safe on the road, someone else causes an accident.

Commercial trucks are particularly dangerous because they have large blind spots in addition to being so much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles. It only takes a few seconds of negligence for a commercial truck driver to change your life.

The vehicle damage resulting from these accidents is often extensive. More importantly, you and any other passengers in the vehicle are at an elevated risk for serious injuries and death.

Proving fault in your car accident case

You were following your morning routine. You woke up, got ready for work, had breakfast and made your daily stop for coffee. Just as you were making a right turn into the parking lot of the café, you were suddenly t-boned by the car that had been behind you.

It was obviously the other driver's fault. He was following too close and, for some reason, decided to pass you on the right even though you had the correct turn signal engaged. Now you have a broken arm and a very damaged sedan.

Avoid these 4 mistakes if you're ever in a motorcycle accident

As a seasoned rider, you know that every time you get on your motorcycle, there are risks. The vast majority of those risks come from other drivers - specifically, drivers who don't see you. When most drivers pull up to an intersection or make a left turn, they aren't looking for motorcycles. They're watching for other cars (if they're paying attention at all). Likewise, on multilane roads, many don't bother to check their blind spots or keep track of bikers around them.

Despite these dangers, you shouldn't have to give up biking. For many riders, motorcycles aren't just a hobby; they're a passion.

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