News And Thoughts From The Law Office of Curtis Floyd

Is summer the most dangerous time of year for driving?

Without snow, rain and other extreme weather to challenge drivers, summer should be one of the easiest times to be on the road.

However, that simply isn’t the case. Some of the most dangerous driving months are when the temperatures are highest. August and July are some of the deadliest months for traffic fatalities, but what makes summer so dangerous?

Skipping medical treatment after a car accident can be dangerous

Being in a car accident can create a phenomenon characterized as an “invisible” injury. This is when your body has experienced a sudden or violent jolt that you do not see or immediately feel to be a serious injury. Often, injuries sustained in a car accident are delayed and can often lead to prolonged pain or a long recovery time if you do not immediately get checked by a doctor.

More times than not, people who are in a car accident may dismiss an injury because even though they may feel a little sore, they can move around and even communicate. This is usually the result of an adrenaline rush when your body releases a chemical that can put you in such an increased state of defensiveness that it can mask pain.

Dangerous roads in California

There are many factors that go into the cause of a car accident, but dangerous roadways can be high on the list.

According to the California Highway Patrol, in 2015, California saw over 250,000 individuals injured in car accidents. Which roads are more dangerous than others? How can you stay safe while driving on these roads?

Turning 50? Your risk of motorcycle injury just tripled

Summer months bring motorcycle riders across the United States. Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery adds cyclists of any age to California roads. Yet those most at risk for serious injury proves to be older adults.

While multiple factors determine the level of severe injury in a motorcycle crash, understanding the risk of riding during retirement may help you lessen your chances of personal injury or death.

Simple injuries can trigger severe infectious diseases

If someone suffers an injury, they might expect that the damage is done and they will steadily recover. Unfortunately, some problems still get worse. The injury could expose them to a disease.

Depending on the injury itself, you may need to go to the emergency room immediately. Consult a doctor and properly clean any wounds to protect against infection. Untreated wounds and sicknesses can cause more damage than the original injury itself.

Life after a traumatic brain injury

For many with a traumatic brain injury, life changes forever. The accident is just a blip of time along your lifetime, but it forces you onto a completely new path. Your broken and bruised body heals as it should, but the brain can be a different story altogether.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a blow or a jolt to the head. An object that penetrates the brain can also result in TBI. But what happens to the brain?

Rules to stay safe on the highway during forest fires

By now we’ve all seen the dramatic pictures of how the forest fires have affected the communities of California. Aside from the harrowing news of people escaping the encroaching infernos is an overlooked threat: highway traffic.

Traffic, even under the best of circumstances, can be dangerous. When you have the added distraction of towering blazes  just off the highway, it only gets more difficult. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 80 percent of accidents are caused when drivers are distracted.

Prepare your child for a long hospital stay

Your life changes when you have a child. You learn to love and nurture like never before. You might argue that the worst part of being a parent is when your child is sick. You never want to see your child sick or in pain. It can be heartbreaking. It is especially hard knowing that there is nothing you can do about it besides get them medical care.

If your child becomes ill or injured due to negligence, it can be even more gut-wrenching—especially if the party at fault is a medical professional you trusted.

Will new distracted driving laws make roads safer?

A new law targeting distracted driving in California went into effect in January. Aimed at curbing cell phone, the goal of the law is to keep drivers focused on the road and reduce the number of accidents.

The question is, how big a difference will the law make?

Increase in road deaths related to poor choices behind the wheel

Automakers have been improving safety technology for decades. Our vehicles now have systems that help prevent crashes and design modifications that make crashes more survivable. Because of these advancements, there has been a consistent downward trend in the number of fatal car accidents on U.S. roads annually.

Unfortunately, driver behavior threatens to reverse this trend, and already appears to be doing so. According to news reports, there were about 40,200 car accident deaths in the United States last year. This is a six percent increase from 2015 and a 14 percent increase from 2014.


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