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Delayed treatment for a head injury could prolong recovery

Unfortunately, there are many activities that could result in an accident that could harm an individual's head. Whether a person in Pennsylvania is an athlete that suffers a concussion, a driver that suffers head trauma in an accident, a construction worker that falls on a job site or an individual that slips and falls on the property of another's, a head injury could seriously impact his or her life. If an accident victim suffers a brain injury, this might not initially to be very severe. However, failing to timely treat brain trauma could leave the victim in a worse condition.

How common are alcohol related accidents in Pennsylvania?

A drunk driver could take a lot from an individual and an entire family. A victim of a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania could suffer traumatic injuries, making it difficult to return to their normal life. In some cases, victims do not survive the collision, leaving their family members to not only suffer the loss of a loved one but also the damages and expenses related to the incident. Whether it results in serious injuries, severe damages or fatalities, a drunk driver could generate serious damage in a collision in Pennsylvania.

What harms are caused by a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's?

Being told that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness or disease with no known cure is not only devastating news, but is also likely information that will greatly change the life of the patient. Even if there is no known cure, a patient in Pennsylvania may be very open and optimistic about his or her options regarding the possible treatment plans offered to them. But what if these treatment plans hold serious risks? And what if the doctor did not properly diagnose the patient?

Helping you hold a drunk driver liable after an accident

Despite the statewide drunk driving campaigns in Pennsylvania as well as drunk driving laws, this does not prevent the occurrence of drunk driving in the state. And while much effort has been put forth to increase safety on the roadways and reduce negligent and reckless driving, drivers unfortunately still get behind the wheel of vehicles after they have had too much to drink. Such a situation not only puts the driver's life in danger, but it also endangers the lives of other traveling on the road. When a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian is struck and injured by a drunk driver, this could tremendously impact the life of a victim.

Pennsylvania motorcyclist killed by pickup truck

Riding on or sharing the road with a motorcyclist is not uncommon for residents in Pennsylvania. Riding these small vehicles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, save on gas and efficiently get from one place to another. However, when a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, the results are likely to be traumatic or fatal. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shell other automobiles have, it is likely that riders will be thrown from the bike, causing them to suffer serious injuries.

Federal trucking regulations addressing driver fatigue

As a previous post highlighted, a fatigued truck driver can be a very dangerous presence on roadways in Pennsylvania. These drivers not only drive long hours and long distances, but they also operate extremely large vehicles that do not maneuver and stop the same way smaller vehicles do. Therefore, when a driver is fatigued, falls asleep behind the wheel or is inattentive, this could result in a serious or even fatal truck accident.

Increasing motorcycle awareness to reduce motorcycle accidents

With summer in full swing, residents in Pennsylvania likely encounter motorcyclists traveling alone or in large groups on roadways throughout the state. While these small vehicles provide an exhilarating way to travel and enjoy the outdoors, what makes a motorcycle different from other vehicles is also what makes it more prone to serious and even fatal collisions.

Could tests for sleep disorders reduce truck driver fatigue?

Whether you are traveling during the day or during the night, most motorists in Pennsylvania will likely share the road with large commercial trucks at some point. These massive vehicles, although important for intrastate and interstate commerce, pose several risks on minor and major roadways, which is primarily due to their size. Another concern arises from the long hours truck drivers work and the long distances drivers travel. Although federal trucking regulations regarding hours of service and breaks seek to address these concerns, there still remains the risk of driver fatigue and drowsy driving for those who suffer from sleep disorders.

What are the signs and symptoms of a brain injury?

As a previous post highlighted, an injury to the head could result in a brain injury. This injury-related trauma could occur in an automobile collision, a workplace accident or due to a slip-and-fall incident on the property of another. In some cases, the trauma to a victim's brain is felt immediately following the incident. However, in other cases, a victim may not notice any signs of an injury or display any symptoms for several hours, days or weeks following the incident. Therefore, it is important for residents of Pennsylvania to understand what to look for after suffering a head trauma in an accident.

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