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Even a mild brain injury can have a major impact on your life

A brain injury should be treated as a serious injury, no matter how minor it might seem. Even concussions, which are considered mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can have considerable impacts right away and far into the future. It is imperative that anyone who suffers from one of these injuries has at least a basic understanding of how it might impact him or her.

One of the areas that can easily be impacted by a brain injury is your memory. In some cases, this only a temporary issue that abates as the injury heals. Others aren't so fortunate and the struggles with memory persist long into the future. Finding coping mechanisms to help with this is necessary. Some of these ways you might be able to improve your memory or at least reduce the frustration that comes with memory problems is to write everything down that you need to remember and leave yourself voice reminders.

The loss of a loved one in an accident is devastating

A person who passes away in an accident will usually leave behind a family of loved ones who are going to have to learn to navigate life without someone they relied upon. This is a devastating development that can make life very difficult, especially if the victim was a financial contributor to or primary earner for the household.

We understand that you never thought you would be in this position, but now you are unexpectedly having to deal with a very difficult time. There are many things that you can do to help your family cope with the situation. Taking things one day at a time is one way that you might be able to avoid becoming overwhelmed by everything that is going on.

Hours of Service regulations are important for safety purposes

Drivers who are tired shouldn't be on the road at all. When the driver who is fatigued is a trucker, there is a good chance that negative events will occur. These professionals are expected to keep control of trucks that pull large trailers filled with cargo. Being too fatigued can lead them to make decisions that can put other lives at risk. This is something that shouldn't occur because innocent people can be injured or killed.

In response to the need for truckers to be alert and able to drive for the duration of every shift, there are federal regulations on the books that dictate how long they can drive. These regulations are known as the Hours of Service regulations. Here are some important points to know about them:

  • There is a limit of driving time per shift. There is also a limit to how many hours a trucker can drive if he or she is doing other work during the shift. There is also a rolling limit to how many hours the trucker can drive every seven or eight days. The only way that truckers can have the clock reset on any of these is to have time off that meets a minimum number of hours.
  • Truckers who carry cargo can drive for up to 11 hours per shift. If they are doing other work, they can't drive past the 14th hour on duty. A 10-hour off period is required to reset the clock.
  • Drivers who are transporting people can drive up to 10 hours per shift. If they do other work, they can't drive beyond the 15th hour on duty. An 8-hour rest period is required to reset the clock.
  • The seven- and eight-day limit is the same for both types of truckers. A trucker can't drive more than 60 hours in seven days or 70 hours in eight days. A 34-hour rest period is required to reset the rolling time limit.

Semitrucks need respect and space on highways

With the winter season here, it is imperative that all drivers try to remain as safe as possible on the roads. The highways are a particular area where accidents can be devastating.

Semitrucks that are on the highways pose a big risk to other drivers. Everyone who travels on these busy roads need to understand a few points about these larger vehicles.

Reckless and negligent actions can lead to serious accidents

There is almost nothing that can compare to the shock of learning that you've suffered an injury that could affect the rest of your life. When you learn that you have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this is exactly what might happen. These injuries are devastating. Even in the case of a less serious TBI, you might find that various aspects of your life change.

We realize that you didn't think that your life would take this turn. You might begin to feel angry that you are having to go through this. You might feel compelled to do something about the situation. If the accident was due to negligent actions or reckless behavior, you might be able to hold the person who acted in those manners liable for what happened to you. This is done through a personal injury lawsuit.

Researchers reveal a link between brain injury and gut damage

Medical professionals and researchers have known for some time that TBI (traumatic brain injury) affects the gastrointestinal tract. However, it is only recently that these professionals have discovered that the link between brain injury and gut damage goes both ways.

A recent study involving mice with an "experimental TBI" revealed that the injured animals experienced long-term changes in the colon over a month-long period following the injury. Interestingly, the study also found that the gastrointestinal dysfunction experienced by these mice increased "posttraumatic brain inflammation and associated tissue loss."

Take action to seek justice for your loved one's untimely death

Losing a loved one is emotionally draining during any part of the year, but it seems like the impact is greater when the holidays are near. For the men and women who have lost someone they love during this part of the year, it might be very painful to think about having to navigate these special days so close to the death.

We understand that you might feel hurt and angry that your loved one died. You might not be able to handle the stress that has come into your life because of the unexpected death. We are here to help you determine what types of legal actions you can take to seek justice for your loved one's death.

Grief can make the holiday season unbearable

Losing a loved one during the holiday season is difficult. When the death is unexpected, the grief that you experience might be enhanced. You will need to try to find ways to work through the grief so that you can move along with the holiday traditions.

One thing that people usually do that can make the holidays more difficult is trying to forget their loved one. This isn't going to help you at all because it forces you try to keep your emotions hidden. This can cause them to bubble up and come out when you don't want them to.

Stay safe while driving around to get holiday errands done

As you are moving around to get your holiday shopping done, you might realize that some drivers are being aggressive and aren't paying much attention to what is going on in traffic. This is something that can lead to car crashes that cause injuries or deaths. Trying to stay safe should be a priority of the season, but many people are too focused on rushing to run their errands.

When a driver does drive in an unsafe manner, he or she should be held liable for the damages that he or she causes. One way that innocent victims of these crashes might do this is by seeking compensation. We can help you learn about the ins and outs of filing your claim.

Post-traumatic stress disorder might occur after a bad car crash

You might associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with military service during a time of war or similar events. Did you know that PTSD can also occur after a car crash? If you've never considered that possibility, you should understand that this is a very big concern for some victims.

Several points impact the likelihood that someone will suffer from PTSD after a car crash. The severity of the crash, the type of injuries and the time it takes the person to heal after the crash are all on the list. A serious crash or one that involved a fatality is more likely to lead to PTSD than a crash that resulted in only property damage.

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