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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Dislocation or fracture of the shoulder

Virginia residents who have been in car accidents may have suffered shoulder injuries as a result. A fracture or dislocation of the shoulder is a relatively frequent result of a high-speed car accident or collision. To understand what is involved with common shoulder injuries, it helps to understand the joints and bones that make up the shoulder.

The shoulder is made up of three joints and three bones. The bones that make up the shoulder are the arm bone, or the humerus, the collarbone, or clavicle, and the shoulder blade, or scapula. The joints that make up the shoulder are the sternoclavicular joint, acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint.

2 women die in head-on crash near Virginia state line

A 60-year-old woman and her 84-year-old mother were pronounced dead at the scene when their PT cruiser was hit head on by a minivan, according to Suffolk, Virginia, police. The accident happened on Whaleyville Boulevard near the Virginia and North Carolina border. Officials had to close the road for nearly five hours while attending to the accident.

A retired minister whose home was next to the accident scene called 911 when he saw what had happened. He then came outside to give what aid he could. He covered the victims with sheets and prayed with the injured male driver of the minivan. That driver had serious injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Other people pulled over to offer help as well.

The risks of driving with worn tires

Virginia drivers may be surprised to learn that tires can lose a substantial amount of grip well before they are worn out. According to a prominent consumer website, tests revealed that tread can lose a noticeable amount of traction when the wear is at its halfway point.

For reference, tires are classified as bald when one or more grooves is 2/32 of an inch in depth. New tires are approximately 10/32 of an inch. Bald or worn tires pose a serious risk for a car accident, particularly on wet roads.

Motorcycle accident facts

Motorcyclists in Virginia have a much greater chance of being injured or killed in traffic accidents than car drivers. According to the Insurance Information Institute, statistics gathered in 2012 showed that motorcyclists were likely to be fatally injured 26 times more often than passenger car occupants for each vehicle mile traveled. They were also five times more prone to suffer from injuries in an accident than the occupants of cars using the same metric.

The open design of a motorcycle has a lot to do with why motorcyclists are injured and killed in crashes more often than the occupants of closed passenger cars. Another reason motorcycles are more risky than cars is the fact that operating them requires greater physical and mental agility. While motorcycles are more vulnerable to road hazards, they are also less visible than larger vehicles.

Truck accident facts

Large truck accidents in Virginia can often be fatal for the occupants of other vehicles that are involved. According to 2012 data that was analyzed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73 percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents were people in other cars. Ten percent of the fatalities were pedestrians or bicyclists, and the remainder of the fatalities were occupants of the trucks.

The NHTSA data showed that there were 3,921 large truck accident fatalities in 2012. During the same time period, approximately 104,000 people were injured in an accident involving a large truck. The numbers represented a 4 percent increase in truck accident fatalities and an 18 percent increase in truck accident injuries from 2011.

The dangers of post-traumatic stress after a car accident

Individuals in Virginia who have been in a car accident can sometimes suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder along with any physical injuries. While it is normal to think about an accident afterward and to have some anxiety, if thoughts become intrusive and emotions about the accident begin to interfere with an individual's life, the victim may wish to seek additional help.

There are some normal responses to the stress of surviving a car accident. These include anger, nervousness, disbelief and shock. These feelings tend to dissipate over time. When the feelings do not dissipate or become stronger, the individual might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

V2V technology may help reduce motorcycle accidents

Virginia motorcyclists may benefit from advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle technology approved by the Department of Transportation for use with light vehicles such as cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. V2V technology involves the transfer of basic safety data, including speed and distance, from nearby vehicles that can be used to alert drivers of potential driving hazards, thus preventing possible accidents. It should be noted that the technology does not take control of vehicles or capture personal information.

If the technology is applied to motorcycles, it could serve as a way to alert car and truck drivers that a motorcycle is nearby. This is significant since a leading cause of motorcycle accidents is the fact that drivers failed to see the motorcycle in time to avoid a collision. Should V2V technology eventually be combined with on-board sensors, the result could be greater protection for motorcycle drivers and any passengers who may be on the motorcycle, possibly significantly reducing motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.

Effectively treating the symptoms of whiplash

Virginia residents may be unaware of the complications surrounding a whiplash injury. Often, symptoms of whiplash may not show up for several hours after an accident and can include headache, nausea, difficulty swallowing, tightness or stiffness in the neck, back pain, difficulty concentrating and memory problems.

The most common source of whiplash is a motor vehicle accident; the injury happens whenever a sudden jolt back and forth impacts the neck area, but it can affect the back as well. In some cases, the recovery time for this type of injury can be two or three weeks; in more severe cases, symptoms can last for months or even years.

Drunk driving accidents in Virginia

Impaired drivers are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries every year in major motor vehicle accidents. Despite educational campaigns and stiff potential penalties, people still drive while they are intoxicated. Drunk driving is a very serious public health concern, both in Virginia and across the country.

Studies have repeatedly revealed the dangers of drunk driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk drivers were responsible for the deaths of 10,322 people in traffic collisions in 2012. Statistics from crashes reveal that a person dies every 51 minutes in a drunk driving accident with almost 30 people dying every day.

An overview of skull fractures

Virginia residents may not be aware about the most common types, symptoms and causes of skull fractures. Typical symptoms of a serious skull fracture include pain at the site of the trauma, swelling of the injured area, bruising around the injured area, redness or a warm sensation at the site and bleeding from the wound or near it. In some cases, bleeding can also occur in the ear, nose and eye areas. Some typical symptoms that may indicate a skull fracture are nausea, fainting, confusion, a stiff neck, imbalance, blurry vision, vomiting, headache and pupils that are non-reactive to light.

The four basic types of skull fractures include open, closed, basal and depressed. Further classification can be linear, in which the fracture occurs in a straight line, comminuted, in which it is broken into three or more sections and greenstick, in which the fracture is incomplete.