Motorcycle Injuries

Jul 22

Motorcycles, although fun and convenient to ride, can be incredibly dangerous. Even with proper training and protection, it is impossible to predict the actions of others or foresee conditions on the road. Accidents are all too common on roadways, especially involving motorcycles. Although any type of vehicle accident can be catastrophic, motorcycle accidents leave the victim more likely to suffer substantial injuries, due to the lack of protection on motorcycles, according to the website of personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher.

One of the best ways to protect against traumatic brain injuries on a motorcycle is simply by wearing a helmet. Even if the crash is the fault of another person, a helmet can still save the motorcycle rider’s life, as wearing a helmet can significantly decrease the chance of sustaining a brain injury in an accident.

The foam in the helmet crushes and cushions the blow during a crash, potentially saving the rider from a brain injury, and the slick outside facilitates skidding, providing further protection of the head and brain. Helmets are highly effective at preventing death and brain injuries, however only 19 states require all riders to wear them.

Although they cannot prevent negligence on the part of other drivers on the road, helmets are the best way to protect against fatal crashes. Compared to those driving cars and trucks, motorcyclists have many disadvantages on the road. They battle reduced visibility, road conditions like potholes, and far fewer protective barriers, according to the website of the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., which make it all the more important for motorcyclists to wear helmets for protection.

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Truck Driver Jackknifing Accidents

Jul 17

Although jackknifing accidents can seem to be larger than life, often the subject of horrific accident videos captured and shared on the Internet, the consequences and damages caused in jackknifing accidents are all too real. Jackknifing accidents are a major cause of multiple-vehicle accidents on roadways.

According to the website of Iowa accident attorneys, truck drivers do assume greater responsibility while on the road because should an accident occur, the damages can be far more serious than just a passenger vehicle accident. In the case of jackknife accidents, the cause can be either driver negligence or due to a manufacturing problem of a part of the truck.

Driver negligence can involve errors in judgment such as speeding, over acceleration, over braking, and driver errors like slow reaction times or panic. These are often combined with specific conditions that can serve as a catalyst for jackknifing accidents. These kinds of accidents are frequently associated with light load size and poor driving conditions such as slippery roads and rain. Unfortunately, these errors made by truck drivers have the potential to cause severe damage and injury to others on the road, as pointed out on the website of Pohl Berk LLP.

Jackknifing can also be caused by problems out of the truck driver’s control. Accidents can also be caused by malfunctions in mechanics of the semi-truck. Issues with brakes are a major mechanical cause.

When these conditions are combined, they can easily produce a jackknife accident. The brakes on the truck can lock when rapidly approaching areas of slippery road, and when the truck crosses the area, although the truck itself attempts to brake or stop, the trailer’s momentum still propels it forward, and causes it to swing out to the side. After these types of accidents occur, it is always the responsibility of the plaintiff to prove driver negligence, should they think the driver of the jackknifed truck is to blame for the damages done.

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