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Presently, the trucking industry is lobbying for regulations that would allow trucks to increase their weight to 97,000 pounds. Currently trucks are restricted to 80,000 pounds. This would increase truck size by about 20%. Opponents argue that more rollover accidents are likely because large trucks are more difficult to maneuver, more difficult to steer and they take longer to stop. A truck weighing 80,000 pounds is 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatality than a truck weighing 50,000 to 65,000 pounds. Large trucks are susceptible to rollover accidents due to:

                A driver fails to adjust their speed to accommodate the high center of gravity

                A driver turns too sharply

                Distractions and fatigue can lead to corrections that result in rollover accident

                Difficulty maneuvering around curves

                Reckless driving

                Overloaded trucks

                Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

                Poor road conditions

                Poor visibility

Should 18 Year-Olds Be Allowed to Drive Big Rigs Across State Lines?

                Another bill making its way through the Senate would allow 18 year-olds to operate semi- trucks and tractor trailers. The reason the trucking industry is pushing for this law is due to the fact that there is a shortage of truckers across the United States. Shipping rates have also increased between 3 and 5 percent this year. Analysts for the trucking industry hope that by lowering the eligibility age for truck drivers, trucking companies will accept more applicants. The proposed bill would allow 18 year-olds to drive all commercial vehicles including passenger buses across state lines. Research has shown that drivers between the ages of 18 to 20 are 4 to 6 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents. Opponents insist that allowing teens to drive trucks that weigh 80,000 pounds and also allowing them to work up to 82 hours per week is a disaster waiting to happen. Combining inexperience, large trucks and high risk drivers may not be the brightest idea. The bill would restrict teens from riving over-sized loads or hauling hazardous materials. 48 states currently allow young commercial truck drivers to drive trucks within state borders.

                Safety advocates are also pushing to reduce the number of hours truck drivers can spend on the road. Since 2003, truckers have been allowed to spend 77 hours behind the wheel every week and 11 consecutive hours behind the wheel.

Injuries from Truck Accidents:

                Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Injuries from truck accidents can include:

                Broken bones

                Herniated discs

                Neck Injuries

                Back injuries

                Head injuries

                Traumatic brain injuries

                Lacerations

                Coma

                Death

Truck Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton:

                Truck accidents can be very devastating and increasing truck size, increasing truck drivers hours of service and letting teenagers drive big rigs can all lead to an increase in truck accidents and truck accident fatalities. If you have been involved in a Sarasota or Bradenton truck accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis and there is no fee unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

Many different scenarios can lead to a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident. Wet surfaces, cracked sidewalks, torn carpeting, inadequate lighting are just a few of the more common reasons for slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents usually involve the legal theory of “premises liability.” Under the theory of premises liability, the owner of a property can be held legally liable for another person’s injury if the owner knew of the dangerous condition and did nothing to correct it. Premises liability contains the following elements:

                Duty: The owner of a property must take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is in a safe condition.

                Breach of Duty: The owner of the property violated the duty of keeping the property in a safe condition.

                Causation: The injury was caused by the owner’s breach of duty.

                Damages: The injured slip and fall accident victim suffered a physical injury and seeks reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, etc.

                If the property owner was not aware of the dangerous condition of the property, the owner may not be held liable.

                If the injured person was careless and failed to heed any warnings, comparative negligence can place some of the blame on the injured person.

Types of Injuries from A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                A Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident can lead to a wide range of injuries. The injuries can range from mild to life threatening. The following injuries can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident:

                Broken Bones

                Muscle Strain

                Sprains

                Back Injuries

                Knee Injuries

                Hip Injuries

                Neck Injuries

                Slipped or Ruptured Discs

                Traumatic Brain Injuries

What to do After A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                Make sure you document everything.

                Remember what circumstances you fell under.

                Were there any defects that were visible at the time of your fall?

                Were there objects in the way or nearby that could have contributed to your fall?

                Was there a dangerous condition?

                Were there any warning signs to alert people to a potentially dangerous situation?

Always Seek Medical Attention Immediately After A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                You may not feel pain immediately following a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, but injuries don’t always show up right away. For health and legal reasons, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident. Make sure to give the doctor as much information as you can remember in order to get an accurate diagnosis and also to help with evidence in your case.

Sarasota and Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident Attorney:

                If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We will help obtain the best possible compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, loss of income in the future and pain and suffering. Call us to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

Red light running accidents are responsible for about 900 fatalities and 165,000 injuries every year. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) from 2013 show:

            There were 697 fatalities in 2013 caused by red light running accidents.

            127,000 people were injured in red light running accidents in 2013.

            Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign is the most common reason for motor vehicle accidents.

How to Prevent Red Light Running Accidents:

            Always stop for red lights and stop signs.

            When turning right on red, always check for pedestrians and vehicles before making the turn.

            Do not try to speed through a yellow light. Slow down and stop.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are 10 things that people may not know about red-light running:

  1. Running red lights or other traffic control signals is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  2. People are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running accident than any other type of accident.
  3. In the last ten years, red-light running accidents killed nearly 9,000 people.
  4. The cost to society of all motor vehicle accidents exceeds $230 billion annually.
  5. An estimated 165,000 cyclists, pedestrians and motorists are injured by red-light runners every year.
  6. Someone runs a red light at an intersection every 20 minutes.
  7. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the people who violated the signal. They are innocent passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injuries every day at intersections with signals in the United States.
  9. About 93% of drivers agree that running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 report having done so in the past 30 days.
  10. The costs and tragedies associated with red-light running are preventable

Do Red Light Cameras Prevent Red-Light Running Accidents and Save Lives?

            A May 2010 report from the Institute of Transportation Engineers concluded that red light cameras help reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents. A November 2010 report from the National Research Council showed that speed control programs could possibly save up to 2,000 lives a year in the United States. Another recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway safety (IIHS) concluded that red light cameras saved 159 lives from 2004-2008 in America’s largest cities. Many surveys find support for red light cameras, but there are also many people who insist that the cameras violate privacy and are just being implemented as a way to generate revenue.

Red-Light Running Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton Florida:

            If you have been injured due to the negligence of a Sarasota or Bradenton red light runner, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Please call today to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

On Wednesday August 5, 2015 a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries after a collision with a vehicle being driven by an eighty-three year old woman sent him flying into the air. The motorcyclist sustained a broken femur and serious road rash. The eighty three year old woman was cited for turning left into oncoming traffic. Witnesses were very concerned after seeing the motorcyclist ejected into the air. Several people stopped to offer assistance before the ambulance arrived. Florida motorcycle accidents can cause devastating or fatal injuries. Florida has a very high number of motorcycle accidents. In 2010, there were 7,703 motorcycle accidents in Florida and 6,884 resulted in injuries. In the same year, there were 394 motorcycle accident fatalities. Sometimes, the accident is the fault of the motorcycle rider, but more often, the accident occurs due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents occur for the following reasons:

                Failure to provide a safe following distance of 3-4 seconds

                Failure to see the motorcycle in the driver’s blind spot

                Trying to share a lane with a motorcyclist

                Passing too closely

Florida Motorcycle accident injuries:

                Head Injuries From a Florida Motorcycle Accident:

                Due to the lack of a statewide helmet law, head injuries are very common injuries from motorcycle accidents. When a rider is involved in an accident and is wearing a helmet, the risk of a traumatic brain injury decreases by 68%. Head injuries can include concussions which can range from mild to severe. Any head injury requires immediate medical attention.

                Neck injuries are also very common after motorcycle accidents. A severe neck injury can lead to paralysis or even death.

                “Road Rash”:     

                When a rider is thrown off their motorcycles onto the concrete pavement, “road rash” can occur. Road rash can be mild and superficial or more serious when debris becomes imbedded in the skin. In severe cases, nerve damage can result. Protective gear such as gloves, kneepads and leather jackets offer protection from road rash.

Leg Injuries:

                Legs, knees and feet are vulnerable to injuries from motorcycle accidents. Fractures commonly occur as well as severe bruising.

Arm Injuries:

                Often, bikers land on their arms or instinctively hold their arms out brace themselves from the impact. Permanent nerve injuries can result from severe arm injuries.

Injuries to Muscles:

                Motorcycle accidents can lead to permanent injuries. Protective gear can help. Damage to ear drums is also possible. It’s a good idea to wear ear plugs.

Sarasota Motorcycle Accident Attorneys:

            If you have been injured in a Sarasota motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555 to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

Hand and wrist injuries often occur during motor vehicle accidents. Many people instinctively throw their hands up to brace themselves for an impact. Common hand or wrist injuries include:

                Fractured wrists

                Broken fingers

                Broken hand bones

                Crushed bones

                Bruising

                Puncture wounds

                Joint dislocations

                Torn ligaments

                Amputations

                People use their hands for just about every activity. If an accident victim sustains a severe hand injury, they may find it difficult or impossible to do routine tasks. Hand or wrist injuries can be extremely expensive and sometimes require extensive surgeries.

Different Types of Wrist Injuries:

          Scaphoid fractures: Scaphoid fractures are very common after motor vehicle accidents as the scaphoid is the smallest bone in the wrist. These fractures can be difficult to locate due to their tiny size. A scaphoid fracture will usually heal within six months.

Torn Ligaments: A partially torn ligament is considered a Grade 2 injury. A Grade 3 injury is more serious and the ligaments are completely torn. Most Grade 3 ligament injuries are extremely painful and require surgery.

Wrist Sprains: A wrist sprain is commonly caused after the impact of a car accident. Sprains occur when ligaments are stretched from forceful bending. Casts or splints may be used to immobilize the wrist. Ice and rest are usually recommended.

Types of Hand Injuries:

Hand Fractures:   Broken hands can be caused by car accidents. A “boxer’s fracture” is a common hand fracture where there is a break through the bones of the hand. Treatment for fractures includes immobilization, physical therapy and/or surgery.

Ligament Injuries to the Hand: Ligaments are tissues that stabilize joints. Sprains or tears to ligaments are common after motor vehicle accidents. When an accident victim’s hand gets jammed into the steering wheel or dashboard, ligaments can be torn.

Joint Dislocation: The middle knuckle of the finger, also known as the proximal IP joint (PIP joint) is the most likely joint to be dislocated. Treatment for a dislocated joint can include “re-setting” which requires manipulation to get the joint back to its original position.

Injuries to Tendons: Tendon tears can result from lacerations or crush type injuries. Tendon

tears often require surgery followed by physical therapy.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

                If a person has a firm grip on the steering wheel when the impact occurs, the nerves in the hand or wrist can be damaged. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may show up days or weeks after the accident. One of the main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness in the hands that is worse at night. Other symptoms include:

                Burning or tingling

                Pain in hand or fingers

                Swelling

                Lack of grip strength

                Treatment for carpal tunnel consists of:

                A wrist brace

                Steroid injections

                Acupuncture

                Stretching exercises

                Surgery

Sarasota and Bradenton Auto Accident Attorney:

                If you have sustained wrist or hand injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton auto accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis so there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.

A victim of a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident is susceptible to a traumatic brain injury. If their head strikes the windshield or steering wheel, the force of the impact can cause the brain to collide with the hard bone of the skull. When a moving head comes to a complete stop, the brain continues to move and can strike the skull. A brain hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain which may not be visible at the time of the accident. There doesn’t necessarily have to be an open wound to the skull for a traumatic brain injury to occur.

Top Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries:

            The top three causes of traumatic brain injuries are: car accidents, firearms and falls. Young adults and the elderly are most susceptible to traumatic brain injuries.

The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

            Traumatic brain injuries are divided into two categories, mild and severe. A TBI is considered mild if loss of consciousness is less than 30 minutes. CT and MRI scans of mild TBI victims can appear normal but the injured victim may have difficulty with memory, cognition or attention. A severe TBI can include loss of consciousness for longer than 30 minutes and memory loss. The victim may even be comatose. The injuries and recovery vary depending on the victim and the extent of the injury.

How to Prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury:

            When in motor vehicles, always wear a seatbelt. Use booster seats for children. Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, bicycle or scooter. Never drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. To prevent a TBI from a fall, use rails on stairs and make sure obstacles are out of walkways.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Florida:

In Florida, over 210,000 people live with a disability related to a brain injury. The largest percentage of brain injuries results from traffic accidents. In Florida, victims of brain injury accidents have a right to file a brain injury lawsuit in order to recover for the costs of treatment. These costs can reach upwards of seven figures for seriously injured patients. Victims of TBI may also be able to recover compensation for a permanent disability, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Sarasota and Bradenton:

            If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, please speak with a Florida brain injury attorney before settling your case. Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., has experience with the legal complexities raised by a traumatic brain injury. We can help you get the best possible compensation for your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Contact Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555 to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

 

 

 

Florida is second only to California in the number of bicycle accident fatalities, but California has twice the population of Florida. The average age of a bicycle accident victim has increased from 39 to 44. Children 14 and younger account for 7% of bicycle accident fatalities and 11% of bicycle accident injuries. In 2013, there were 133 bicycle accident fatalities in Florida. In 2012, there were 122. Even though some improvements have been made, such as implementation of bike lanes in certain areas, Florida’s bicycle accident fatality rate remains much too high. Floridians are more than twice as likely to be fatally injured in bicycle accidents than bicyclists in any other state.

Bicyclist Insurance Coverage:

                If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian who sustains injuries from a collision with a motor vehicle, your own auto insurance personal injury protection (PIP) policy can help pay your medical bills. Florida law provides the same rights and protections that apply to motor vehicles. Bicyclists are also expected to follow the same rules of the road as drivers.

Important Bicycle Safety Tips:

                Avoid riding at dawn or dusk. These are the times of day when bicyclists are least visible.

                A properly fitted helmet can help prevent traumatic brain injuries.

                Riding in groups makes drivers more aware of your presence.

                Always yield to larger vehicles.

                Use headlights, reflectors and bright colored clothes to make yourself visible to motorists.

Injuries from a Florida Bicycle Accident:

                According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 500,000 bicycle accident victims are admitted to hospital emergency rooms every year. Children 15 and younger make up more than half of all bicycle accident related emergency room visits. A bicyclist involved in an accident with a motor vehicle can face serious even catastrophic injuries. Types of injuries from a Florida bicycle accident can include:

                Traumatic brain injuries

                Spinal Cord Injuries

                Broken bones

                Neck Injuries

                Ruptured discs

                Lacerations

Florida Bicycle Laws:

                Florida law contains a “three foot rule” regarding bicycles. A motor vehicle must leave at least three feet between their vehicle and the bicycle. Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic and follow all the same rules regarding traffic signs and signals. Following are some of the rules regarding bicycles in Florida, governed by Florida Statutes § 316.2065:

                No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.

                At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.

                When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.
                A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a red light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear.

                A bicyclist operating on a one- way street with two or more traffic lanes may ride as close to the left hand edge of the roadway as practicable.

                A bicyclist must not wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device other than a hearing aid when riding.

                A bicycle rider who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap, and that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute.

Sarasota and Bradenton Bicycle Accident Attorneys:

                If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton Florida bicycle accident due to another person’s negligence, please call the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We will work to obtain the best possible compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future loss of income and pain and suffering. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Call us to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

Effective August 24, 2015 the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on tractor-trailers and buses. This new safety standard will likely reduce and/or prevent many serious accidents involving large trucks and buses. According to the NHTSA, one-third of all fatal truck accidents can be prevented with the installation of these new safety systems.

How Does ESC Work?

                Electronic stability control systems can detect loss of traction using computerized technology. The system is designed to automatically apply the brakes and help steer the vehicle in the right direction. The system will be required in trucks and buses that have a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds. ESC uses automatic computer controlled braking. The new rules could potentially prevent between 1400 to 1800 truck accidents per year, prevent many injuries and save lives.

Other New Truck Safety Technology:

                Volvo trucks are equipped with the following safety systems:

                Collision Warning with Emergency Brake: The collision warning and braking system helps prevent accidents that are due to a driver’s inattention.

                Driver Alert Support: Advises over-tired truck drivers that it’s time to take a break.

                Lane Changing Support: This system can detect vehicles in the passenger side blind spot.

                Lane Keeping Support: This system can detect when a truck drifts out of its lane and alerts the driver.

Truck Accident Statistics:

                There are approximately 15.5 million trucks on American roads.

                75% of commercial truck accidents are caused by car drivers.

                Truck accident fatalities result in costs of $20 billion every year.

                About 22% of truck accidents cause some type of injury.

                About 130,000 people are injured every year from truck accidents.

                30% of truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue.

Contributing Factors in Fatigue Related Trucking Accidents:

                Fatigue is a factor in many trucking related accidents. Truckers routinely drive for 12 to 14 hours at a time, which can leave them incredibly fatigued. Other factors leading to truck driver fatigue include:

                Trying to meet tight deadlines and driving more miles than legally allowed

                Being ordered by the trucking company to work more hours than is reasonable

                A desire to make more money

How to Avoid Accident Involving Large Trucks:

                Accidents involving large commercial trucks are not always the fault of the truck driver. Following are ways to avoid a collision with a large commercial truck:

                Never pass a truck while it’s making a turn.

                Always let the truck have the right of way.

                When passing a large truck, be sure you are well ahead of the truck before merging into the right lane.

                Always remember that trucks have very large blind spots. If you can’t see the driver’s mirrors, the truck driver probably can’t see you.

                Maintain a following distance of at least four seconds when behind a large truck, just in case the truck has to make an emergency stop.

                A Sarasota or Bradenton trucking accident case can be more complicated than a typical car accident case. There are state and federal laws that are unique to trucking accidents. If you have been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck and you have sustained injuries, you may be able to seek compensation from the trucking company’s insurance carrier.

Sarasota and Bradenton Trucking Accident Attorney:

                If you have been injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton trucking accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, please contact Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. If the truck driver acted negligently, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future loss of income and pain and suffering. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

A recent study by the Governor’s Highway safety Association (GHSA) has found that Florida is no longer the worst state for pedestrian accidents. The rate of pedestrian accidents may be decreasing due to better lighting at intersections and on roadways, new bike lanes, sidewalk crosswalks and foot bridges. This is really good news for Florida! The pedestrian accident rate is the lowest it has been in nearly 20 years. The situation is nowhere near perfect and Florida is still an extremely dangerous state for pedestrians. The most dangerous states for pedestrians determined by the number of fatalities per 100,000 people are:

  1. Delaware
  2. New Mexico
  3. South Carolina
  4. Louisiana
  5. Florida

Pedestrian Accident Injuries:

                  Victims of a Florida pedestrian accident can sustain serious, catastrophic or fatal injuries when struck by a motor vehicle. The following injuries are very common after a pedestrian accident:

  Head injuries

  Traumatic brain injuries

  Broken bones

  Spinal cord injuries

  Facial injuries

  Neck injuries

  Back injuries

  Paralysis

  Coma

Death

Ways to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents:

                In Florida, an average of 10 pedestrians and 2 bicyclists are fatally injured every week. Florida roads were built to accommodate high volumes of fast moving traffic. Pedestrians have to be extremely cautious. In order to avoid accidents, pedestrians should take the following steps:

                Cross at a corner and use traffic signals when available

                Make eye contact with drivers

                Always look left, right and then left again before crossing a street

                Carry a flashlight when walking at night

                Avoid parking lots

               Wear bright, reflective clothing at night

                Avoid drugs and alcohol as they can hinder your ability to walk safely

                Don’t talk or text on your cell phone while crossing the street

                Always supervise small children when they are crossing the street

What to do After a Pedestrian Accident:

                If you have sustained injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton pedestrian accident, do not make any statements to any drivers or insurers without first consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. You will also want to:

                Call the police immediately.

                Obtain names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses.

                Stay at the scene of the accident until help arrives.

Sarasota and Bradenton Pedestrian Accident Attorneys:

                If you have been injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton pedestrian accident, please contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555. We will help you to obtain the best possible compensation and we work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us for a free consultation.

 

Multi-vehicle accidents can be caused from a number of different reasons. Some of the more common reasons include:

            Head-on collisions

            Rear-end collisions

            Side Impact (T-Bone) collisions

Head-on Collisions:

            When two vehicles driving in opposite directions collide front end to front end, a head-on collision has occurred. Head-on collisions can be devastating and can sometimes result in fatalities. Head-on collisions occur from a driver being on the wrong side of the road, a drunk or distracted driver or possible mechanical failure. Injuries from a head-on collision can include traumatic brain injury, broken bones or paralysis. Even though head-on collisions account for about 2% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States, they account for about 10% of all accident related fatalities.

Rear-end Collisions:

            Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents. Many personal injury attorneys and doctors refer to rear-end collisions as “whiplash injuries” because whiplash commonly occurs after a Sarasota or Bradenton rear-end collision. A whiplash is a soft tissue injury that affects the neck and spine. Rear-end collisions can range from mild to fatal. Even a low speed rear-end accident can result in relatively serious injuries. During a rear-end collision, all the energy from the rear vehicle is transferred to the front vehicle resulting in a shock or jolt to the driver and passengers in the front vehicle. Not only whiplash, but other serious spinal injuries can result.

What Leads to a Rear-End Collision?

            Many rear-end collisions are the result of driver distraction. A driver can be caught off guard if his/her eyes leave the road for just a few seconds, Usually, the rear vehicle is found to be at-fault in a rear-end collision. There are of course exceptions to the rule. For example, maybe the front vehicle came to a sudden and unexpected stop or the rear vehicle suffered a mechanical failure.

Tips for Avoiding a Rear-End Accident:

            Rear-end accidents are very common on Sarasota and Bradenton’s busy streets. Following are some suggestions to avoid being hit from behind:

            Always use turn signals when changing lanes

            Check mirrors frequently

            Keep up with traffic

            Slow down gradually to get rid of tailgaters

            If your vehicle stalls, turn on your emergency flashers immediately soother drivers can see your vehicle

            Types of Injuries from a Sarasota or Bradenton Rear-End Accidents:

            Rear-end collisions don’t usually result in fatalities, but serious personal injuries can still be sustained, even from low speed accidents. About 20% of rear-end accidents result in whiplash. Victims of rear-end accidents can also experience:

            Shoulder pain

            Headaches

            Neck pain

            Herniated discs

            Sensory deprivation

Side Impact (T-Bone) Collisions:

            During a T-bone collision, the front or rear-end of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle creating a “T” shape. These accidents are also called side impact accidents. There are approximately 8,500 -10,000 fatalities every year due to T-bone accidents. He impact from a T-bone accident can cause a vehicle to tip or even roll over. T-bone accidents are most often caused by negligence. Many occur at intersections when a driver runs through a red light and crashes into the side of another vehicle. Occasionally, a T-bone accident is caused because of a poorly designed intersection, a malfunctioning traffic light or a defective automobile part.

T-Bone Accidents have a unique Danger:

            When your vehicle is involved in a side impact crash on the driver’s side, there is only a door and a window between you and the vehicle. A side impact (t-bone) collision is extremely dangerous due to the fact that a side impact crash exposes the person to the impact and the force is absorbed by the injured accident victim’s body. Injuries that can be sustained in a T-bone accident include:

            Head injuries

            Neck injuries

            Lacerations

            Back injuries

            Arm/Shoulder injuries

            Broken Ribs

            Hip Injuries

            Leg Injuries

Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton:

            If you have been injured by a negligent driver in a head-on, rear-end or T-Bone accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.