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A catastrophic brain injury changes your life

While you may have done everything you could to prevent a car crash, the truth is that it's sometimes impossible to prevent the worst from happening to you. Traumatic collisions can lead to any number of serious injuries, some of which you may now be dealing with yourself.

One of the worst traumatic injuries to suffer from is a brain injury. Brain injuries are highly unpredictable and tend to vary significantly between patients. Catastrophic brain injuries are defined as being injuries that result in permanent damage to the functions of the brain. For some people, complete recovery is impossible. For others, a severe injury like this can lead to death. The likelihood of surviving with no long-term damage to the brain is rare. The brain is a complex system of cells, and for that reason, it's hard to say how a brain injury will affect a person until they are stabilized and on the road to recovery.

How to prevent an accident when driving in the snow

It doesn't matter where you live in the state of Pennsylvania, when winter weather rolls into the area it will impact your life in a variety of ways. For example, if you find yourself on the road when the snow begins to fall, you must immediately adjust your driving style to improve your safety.

Here are five steps you can take to prevent an accident when driving in the snow:

  • Stay at home until conditions improve: If it's an option, stay at home until local crews clear the road and the snow stops falling. For example, if you need to go shopping, you can probably put it off for the time being.
  • Slow down: Even if you make no other changes to your driving style, you should slow down in slippery conditions. The faster you drive in the snow, the more likely you are to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Avoid steep hills: Plan your route in an attempt to avoid steep hills that will be difficult to climb. If possible, drive around these hills to reach your destination. And if you have to tackle a steep hill, keep a slow and steady pace. If you stop, starting back up may be impossible.
  • Leave a greater following distance: Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of yours is a risk you never want to take. It takes longer to stop in snowy conditions, so more space is a must.
  • Watch for unsafe drivers: You may be driving safely, but that doesn't mean that others are doing the same. There will be people out there who are driving too fast, ignoring stop and yield signs, and driving in an aggressive manner.

Soft-tissue injuries can partially paralyze car accident victims

When a person experiences a car accident, they may suffer many different kinds of injuries. Some injuries are obvious from the moment they occur, because the victim feels pain or may visibly see the injury. Other injuries are not obvious, and the victim may not realize they suffered an injury at all without a full body examination from a medical professional.

Delayed-onset injuries may not cause pain or produce other symptoms until hours or days after the accident. For this reason, it is always important for car accident victims to see their doctor or another qualified medical professional as soon as possible. The sooner that a doctor or medical professional identifies a delayed-onset injury, the better they can treat the injury and help the victim avoid necessary pain and costly recovery.

How parents can help teenagers learn to drive safely

Teenage drivers, due to lack of experience and distraction, cause a lot of car accidents. To help them avoid this, it's up to parents to set a good example and show them how to drive safely. Road tests and official training can only go so far. Parents have far more access to their teens and they can work on these skills every single day, giving their children an edge when it comes to driving safety.

Here are a few things parents should do:

  • Spend a lot of time riding with the teen while you're in the passenger seat. Even simple trips, like a run to the grocery store, can be a learning experience.
  • Use small trips to help teens gain confidence and experience. Don't make them drive on a 100-mile road trip right away, but have them drive consistently within a five-mile radius around the house.
  • Do not get angry at the teen when they make mistakes. Remember that they don't have experience. Your goal is to ride with them, observe the mistakes and calmly help correct them so that the teen doesn't make that same mistake when alone behind the wheel.
  • Make rules and set up consequences. The teen needs to know the ramifications of doing things like driving while distracted or breaking the speed limit.
  • Do not break driving laws yourself. Kids watch their parents. If you text and drive, so will your teen, even if you tell them not to.
  • Put safety ahead of legality when you drive. If the light turns yellow, for instance, you may think you can speed up and make it through without running the red. But that teaches your teen passenger to take risks. Instead, slow down and stop, showing them that safety matters more.
  • Don't act like any driving laws are "minor" or that there are mistakes it's all right to make. For instance, many people break the speed limit all the time and act like it's not a big deal. Doing that with a young, impressionable teen driver shows them that it's all right to break the law. You don't want them to think that, or they could extend it to more dangerous activities.
  • Talk to teens about safety. Just having the talk shows them that you value it and think it's important. Teens do want to please their parents. Show them how they can do it and stay safe.

Road doze: Do not drive when tired

You put in a solid 10 hours at work. It's not for the overtime pay, though you don't mind it. You just have so much to do. You got up early to work out and then stayed late at the office, so now you're driving home in the dark.

As you go, you feel your eyes getting heavy. You try turning on the radio, but the music just makes it worse. You keep looking at the GPS, watching the countdown until you get to your house. It seems so far.

Avoiding commercial truck accidents

In the modern world, it is virtually impossible to do much driving without sharing the road with large commercial vehicles. While large trucks do provide an important link in our systems of commerce, when regular drivers and large trucks are both involved in accidents, the results can be catastrophic.

In the wake of an accident, the victims must build a strong legal strategy to recover fair compensation for injuries and property damage. From the moment the accident occurs, building a claim and pursuing it to a fair resolution can take months or even years, and physical recovery may prove very difficult. Victims of large commercial truck accidents should protect their rights and priorities immediately with the law, but the best protection is often avoiding the accident altogether.

Pennsylvania drivers at risk of many distractions

If you could avoid a serious accident that injures you, your family members or others on the road, wouldn't you do everything in your power to prevent its occurrence? As it turns out, when distracted driving is the cause of an accident, in most cases, drivers have that ability.

To really drive this point home, consider that by some estimates, a quarter of all traffic deaths are related to driver distractions. While cellphone usage is a frequent culprit, by far the biggest source of distraction for motorists is their own thoughts.

Defensive driving tips to help avoid car accidents

Driving is a serious risk. Many people never do anything else that leads to the same high level of fatalities and serious injuries suffered on Pennsylvania's roads every year. No matter how safe your vehicle is, getting behind the wheel could be the most dangerous activity of your life.

You do not have to blindly accept this risk. There are steps you can take to keep yourself safe and prevent accidents. A few examples include:

A mild brain injury can cause major destruction

Whether a blow to the head occurs during a car accident, on the job, or somewhere else, it may produce a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many people may assume that such an injury is not that serious, perhaps because the word "mild" is a part of its title, but they could not be more wrong.

Mild TBIs are often just as destructive as more serious brain injuries in the long run, because victims may not recognize that they suffered an injury at all until the symptoms have already caused a great deal of damage to their personal and professional lives.

Prevent spin-out crashes with these driving tips

It happens something like this: You're driving down the highway at 60 mph, well within the speed limit. Suddenly, a car tries to change lanes into the path of your vehicle. You jerk your steering wheel to get out of the way, and your car starts to spin a little too far to the left.

In most circumstances, drivers will automatically jerk their steering wheel to the right to counteract the spin-out, but it's easy to overcorrect. After an overcorrection, your car starts to spin out of control in the other direction and a serious, potentially-fatal accident ensues.

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