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Car accidents: 6 injured in crash involving speeding driver

Those who operate a motor vehicle at high rates of speed may find it more difficult to handle a variety of driving scenarios. Such behavior inherently increases the risk that dangerous car accidents may occur, and incidents involving a speeding driver can have devastating outcomes. A recent collision involving three vehicles in Massachusetts has reportedly left up to six people hospitalized with injuries.

Authorities have advised that the accident took place on a recent Saturday morning. According to reports, the driver of a car was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed while another vehicle was attempting to make a left turn into westbound lanes. The car reportedly collided with the second vehicle soon thereafter and the impact of the crash forced debris to strike a third vehicle.

Did you wake up in pain after a car accident?

Car accident victims often leave the scene grateful that they don't feel injured, only to wake up the next day in tremendous pain. In many instances, this pain is so intense that the victim cannot perform their job, and they may struggle to do crucial tasks like dressing, bathing and feeding themselves. If you recently had this experience, you may have suffered soft-tissue damage, commonly called whiplash.

Delayed pain injuries like whiplash do not cause much pain in victims at first, which is why it is always wise to get a full medical examination from a qualified doctor as soon as possible after an accident. A doctor can look closely for any injuries that you might not feel, diagnosing and treating them before they get worse. If your doctor finds injuries, they can give you medical documentation that is useful if you need to build a personal injury claim.

Car accidents: Crash injures 2, kills 1 in Massachusetts

A collision can take place at virtually any moment and dealing with the fallout of a crash can be a scary and intimidating process. While in some cases, car accidents may do little more than leave those involved shaken up or unnerved, each incident runs the unfortunate chance of leaving those involved with severe or even permanent injuries. A 40-year-old man has died and two others remain hospitalized with injuries following a recent collision that occurred in Massachusetts.

Law enforcement agents say they responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Thursday afternoon. While many of the details surrounding how it occurred remain unclear, they have advised that it involved two vehicles which had collided head-on. Police say the incident caused several individuals to suffer injuries and left both vehicles with significant damage.

Dangerous truck accidents have many different causes

Large commercial trucks play an important role in national commerce. There are not many ways to move large amounts of goods from distant points into communities all throughout the nation. Worcester residents may see semis, tankers and cargo trucks each day making deliveries to their favorite stores and markets.

However, despite their importance and businesses' need for their use, large trucks are dangerous when they are mishandled. This post will address some of the ways that large trucks and their drivers cause accidents with other vehicles, but readers should be aware that the information contained herein is not fully comprehensive.

Surgical mistakes are common, but preventable

Surgical procedures do not come without risks, and before a patient is subjected to a potentially invasive procedure, they must be informed of just what could happen, if complications arise during surgery. When a Massachusetts resident agrees to surgery, they should know what will be done, what medical problems the surgery will fix and what dangers they may face with or without the procedure. They do not agree to accept the risks of medical teams that are negligent or fail to meet their duties of care.

Negligence in the surgical context can led to surgical errors and mistakes. This post will discuss several common forms of surgical errors, but readers should know that their surgery-based medical claims are likely covered by medical malpractice law.

Distracted driving comes in many forms, all are dangerous

It doesn't matter where you are driving, it's critical to keep 100% of your focus on the road and what's happening around you. This holds true on the highway, in the city and even when you're driving on low-trafficked roads that are out of the way.

While there are many examples and types of distracted driving, these five are among the most common:

  • Daydreaming: Rather than focus on the road, you're thinking about something else in your life. From a conversation you had at the office to the big game that evening, anything that creeps into your mind can distract you from the task at hand.
  • Cellphone use: Don't talk, text, browse the internet or do anything else on your phone while your vehicle is in motion. If you need to use your phone, even if only for a couple seconds, it's best to move to safety before doing so.
  • Passengers: When driving with other people in your vehicle, it's critical that you don't let them distract you. It's easy to get lost in conversation with a front seat passenger, or to turn around to chat with a child in the backseat. It's okay to drive with people in your vehicle, and, obviously, we rely on cars to shuttle around the kids and for other carpooling reasons, but make sure passengers don't become a distraction.
  • Drinking or eating: Your car is not the place to drink or eat, even if it's your only option on a given day. Any time you do this, you take one or more hand off the wheel, which increases the risk of an accident. And depending on what you're eating or drinking, it may require two hands.
  • Reaching: There are times when you'll want to reach for something when driving. This can be anything from a drink in your cupholder to a map in your glove box. If you need to reach, stop your vehicle first. If you don't, you're taking a hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road.

How wrongful death claims can help families

Legal protections are available for victims of car accidents and for surviving family members of fatal car accident victims. The legal resource and remedy available to help surviving family members with their financial and emotional damages following a fatal car accident is referred to as a wrongful death claim for damages.

A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the estate of the car accident victim who was killed and damages are to help surviving family members with the challenges they may unexpectedly face following the wrongful death of their loved one. Damages surviving family members may suffer can include medical and funeral expenses, the loss of future earnings or inheritance, the loss of support and services and the loss of consortium and companionship because of the loss of the loved one and the circumstances of the love one's death.

3 categories of impacts from a brain injury

Life with a brain injury becomes a challenging journey. Many dramatic impacts could be in store that you were not aware of at the time of the diagnosis. You will likely find new ways that it affects you as time progresses. Paying close attention to all symptoms and keeping track of them to share with your medical team can make it easier for you to receive a diagnosis.

There are three categories of problems that might occur when you have this type of injury. These include:

  • Emotional and behavioral
  • Physical
  • Cognitive

Help for the different types of harm car accident victims face

There are a variety of different types of personal injury damages available to help victims of a variety of different types of injuries and harm they may suffer in different types of traumatic accidents, including car accidents.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the various types of harm they have suffered with the goal of making them as whole as possible again following their accident.

Vacation planning points for a spinal cord injury victim

Life after a spinal cord injury is rather challenging. Things that you didn't think much about before the injury are suddenly more complicated. When you decide that you are going to go on a trip, you have to make sure that you have everything in order so that you can enjoy the time away from home.

You still have to think about the usual things when planning a vacation. These include things like planning the route and figuring out your accommodations. When you do make reservations for the hotel, condo or another place to stay, be sure to let them know that you need to have wheelchair access to all areas that you will need to venture.

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