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How Common Are Head Injuries After a Car Accident?

Published on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:10 am in Car Accident.
How Common Are Head Injuries After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can cause many different head injuries. They’re often unexpected and can force your head to jerk suddenly, or make your head hit something in the car. These head injuries can be mild or severe, and need medical treatment for recovery.

When you get a head injury, your recovery time might require you to visit medical professionals multiple times, miss work, and then pay for your medical expenses. But you don’t have to handle this financial stress on your own. A Lexington car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries. The Law Office of Todd W. Burris has represented victims injured in car accidents and their families and tirelessly fought for their rights.

What’s the Deadliest Interstate in Kentucky?

Published on Nov 29, 2017 at 10:38 am in Car Accident.
What’s the Deadliest Interstate in Kentucky?

Some Kentucky interstates have a large amount of fatal collisions each year. While many aspects that contribute to these collisions are preventable, like speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving, the numbers are still high.

Kentucky driving laws state that drivers under 18 aren’t allowed to use cell phones, but drivers over 18 can use their phones except for texting, which is illegal. However, when drivers depend on their phones for GPS or talk to someone, their attention isn’t completely on the road. This could lead to the high number of accidents on the interstate.

The Inherent Dangers of Rear-End Collisions

Published on Nov 9, 2017 at 10:50 am in Car Accident.
The Inherent Dangers of Rear-End Collisions

When you’re driving, you should focus all your attention on driving safely. Your hands are on the steering wheel, your eyes are on the road, and you’re mindful of the speed limit and the other cars. You’d probably expect the other drivers to use safe driving behaviors, too, but not everyone does this.

Sometimes, people are negligent drivers and accidents happen. But these kinds of accidents do a lot of harm. While there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions per year in the U.S., approximately 500,000 people are injured.

Why Is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?

Published on Oct 27, 2017 at 10:18 am in Car Accident.
Why Is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?

 

Most of our communication happens on a cell phone and it’s how people get a hold of you. It’s typical for people to always have their phones on them. When they bring their phones into the car, they might be tempted to immediately respond to any text they get. When this happens, they risk the safety of themselves and others on the road.

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard about the dangers of texting and driving. But for all the commercials and attention this behavior gets, texting and driving still happens. Texting and driving isn’t a skill and it’s not something you can get good at. This choice causes fatal car accidents that could have been preventable if the driver hadn’t looked at their phone.

Top 10 Causes of Car Wrecks in Kentucky

Published on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:47 am in Car Accident.
Top 10 Causes of Car Wrecks in Kentucky

Picture yourself driving on a highway. The wind is blowing through your hair and your favorite song is playing. Suddenly, the car in the lane next to you doesn’t look in their blind spot and tries to switch lanes. You beep your horn and slow down to try and avoid the collision. Luckily, the other car heard you and got back into their lane, and you continue driving safely. Unfortunately, not every scenario turns out like this one.

As of 2017, the Kentucky State Police reported 556 highway fatalities. Car accidents are all too common and can cause heavy emotional and physical trauma. You might feel confused or lost in the aftermath of a car crash, wondering how and why this happened. What you’re feeling is completely normal and understandable.

Most Americans Fear Car Accidents More Than Gun Violence

Published on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:19 am in Car Accident.
Most Americans Fear Car Accidents More Than Gun Violence

According to a driver safety poll conducted in February 2017 by the National Safety Council, more Americans share concerns about the inherent dangers of driving than the dangers of gun violence. The survey polled 2,001 volunteers who were at least 21 years old and had an unrestricted driver’s license.

One of the questions asked was, “How concerned are you about each of the following as potential causes of injury or death for your family?” 36% of those surveyed cited driving as a major concern whereas only 34% cited gun violence as a major concern. 47% cited driving as a minor concern while 38% cited gun violence as a minor concern.

Other options included severe weather/natural disaster (27% cited this as a major concern), infectious diseases (26% cited this as a major concern), prescription pain medication (18% cited this as a major concern), and commercial airline travel (16% cited this as a major concern).

PTSD is a Risk for Victims of Car Accident Injuries

Published on Sep 22, 2017 at 9:27 am in Car Accident.
PTSD is a Risk for Victims of Car Accident Injuries

When an individual is involved in a major car accident, it’s only natural for medical response teams and E.R. staff to worry about a victim’s injuries and the physical implications of the accident before anything else. A serious car wreck can cause serious damage to the human body and not every injury will be immediately apparent.

After a victim is on the mend and recovering from any physical injuries, however, there’s another type of health to consider—a victim’s mental health. When we’re not mentally healthy, it may become difficult to function on a day-to-day basis or achieve future goals. Our mental outlook and disposition can have a dramatic effect on our overall state of health and wellbeing.

According to research done by the American Psychological Association, being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident is a common cause of traumatic stress—one that isn’t often discussed. In our nation, it’s common to downplay mental or emotional trauma, but as individuals, we can all imagine how and why a serious car wreck could cause us to worry, grieve, or become anxious when we’re behind the wheel or think about the accident. Mental stress is more common than many believe.

The 4 Most Important Types of Car Accident Evidence

Published on Aug 17, 2017 at 8:58 am in Car Accident.
The 4 Most Important Types of Car Accident Evidence

Car accidents occur every day, without warning, and can involve even the most careful and cautious drivers on the road.  After an accident, you will probably be shaken up.  But it is important to begin collecting evidence right away.  Your memory of the crash and the events leading up to the crash are freshest in your mind in the immediate moments after it occurs.  Settlement of your claim may not take place until months later, and important details about the crash risk getting lost.  Here are four types of car accident evidence that are important to collect to help you build a strong case.

Photographs.  Take pictures of everything.  Visual evidence is invaluable when describing the event to someone who was not at the scene.  Vehicle damage, vehicle positions, the road itself, license plates, and injuries, such as cuts and bruising, are all valuable images to have when building evidence for your case.  Take pictures from several angles using a good quality camera.  Cell phone cameras today are more than capable of capturing clear images, and are usually on hand to capture the photographic evidence you need.

Top Myths About Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Kentucky

Published on Jul 3, 2017 at 9:03 am in Car Accident.
Top Myths About Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Kentucky

Lawyers get a bad rap at times. We’ve all seen the late-night TV commercials touting overeager lawyers who seem obsessed about getting cold, hard cash and nothing else. The good news is that most lawyers aren’t actually like that. Most personal injury attorneys choose to become attorneys for one reason—they understand the complexities of the U.S. legal system and wish to help others obtain justice.

Want more good news? The idea that all attorneys are out to strike it rich is simply a myth. There’s no such thing as a “guaranteed win” personal injury case. Lawyers work hard to succeed with their cases and often place a great deal of reputation on the line when representing a client in a complex case. Law firms aren’t panning for gold. We’re looking to help those in need.

Common Car Crash Risk Factors in 2017

Published on Jun 21, 2017 at 8:49 am in Car Accident.
Common Car Crash Risk Factors in 2017

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car crashes on United States roadways.  Driving is one of the more dangerous activities we engage in on a daily basis.  Recent research has shown that more than 94% of all accidents are caused by people and the irresponsible choices drivers make behind the wheel.  Understanding the common causes of car crashes can help drivers know what activities they need to avoid to stay safe.

Speeding.  Speeding is one of the most common risk factors for car crashes in 2017.  It is estimated that 30% of all driving accidents involve a driver who was speeding.  The fast pace we keep, traffic, and deadlines encourage drivers to speed every day.  But accidents involving excessive speed are also more likely to be deadly.  No deadline is worth the ultimate sacrifice.

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