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What types of accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries?

The human body is an amazing thing. Its many systems work together to allow individuals to move, breathe, think, act and perform unlimited tasks in a seamless and consistent manner. The brain is responsible for coordinating many of those vital life tasks, so when Virginia residents suffer injuries to their brains their lives can be impacted in many ways.

There many ways that a person may suffer a traumatic brain injury. Common causes can include, but are not limited to, motor vehicle accidents, falls that result in head trauma and violence inflicted upon victims by other individuals. Although there are instances where a person's own fault may lead to their brain injury, these potentially devastating injuries can often occur when others act negligently and cause those near them harm.

What to do if you are injured by a dangerous product

Products liability cases arise in Fairfax when consumers suffer harm as a result of using products put into the stream of commerce by sellers. Sellers can be expanded to cover a wide range of possible defendants in a products liability case, including but not limited to the company that designed the dangerous goods, the entity that made the parts that went into the dangerous goods, the entity that assembled the defective good, and the store that sold the dangerous products to consumers.

When a Fairfax resident is hurt by a dangerous consumer good they may not know what steps to take to protect their rights. After seeking medical help for their injuries they may consider speaking with a personal injury attorney about their losses and their chances of pursuing litigation to recover their incident-related damages.

Several die in Virginia car accidents over Memorial Day weekend

Long holiday weekends are often a time when Virginia residents take to the roads to visit their friends and family members. Just recently, residents of the commonwealth celebrated Memorial Day and the service that countless men and women have given to the nation through their work with the military. Unfortunately, though, not all who traveled by car arrived home safely, and the Virginia State Police report that more than a half-dozen people died on Virginia roads during the long weekend.

Seven individuals lost their lives in six vehicle crashes throughout the commonwealth over the four-day weekend. One crash involved a head-one collision, in which two people died. Four of the deadly accidents involved motorcycles. All in all, there were 652 motor vehicle accidents over the course of the four-day weekend. Although the number of fatalities over this stretch of time is one less than during the same weekend in 2016, Virginia State Police officers still believe that more can be done to prevent senseless auto accident deaths.

We represent victims of truck accidents

Last week this Fairfax personal injury legal blog introduced an interesting topic related to causation and liability in truck accidents. Although in many cases an accident between a large truck and a smaller vehicle is the fault of the driver of the big rig, in some cases other drivers may force truck drivers to make evasive maneuvers that result in accidents but that avoid greater harm.

As such, it can be difficult to get to the bottom of the cause of a truck accident case. Many factors come into play when courts assess who should be at fault, what actions the involved parties should have taken, and if anyone should be awarded damages for the losses they experienced in the accident. A truck accident victim on their own may not know how to start the investigative process nor may they have the resources to fight for the compensation they rightfully deserve.

Are all truck accidents the fault of truck drivers?

An 18-wheel truck that is loaded to capacity with goods may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Compared to a smaller personal vehicle which may only weigh 3,000 pounds a truck is a massive thing that is both difficult to get up to speed and difficult to stop once it is rolling along. Fairfax residents who have seen big rigs and other large vehicles in action understand the power that they exude when they are rumbling down the road.

Due to their large sizes and general difficulty to maneuver large truck trucks can be involved in vehicle accidents when their drivers lose control and allow their trucks to change lanes, cross medians and jackknife. Interestingly, though, in these dangerous situations liability for resulting accidents may not always fall on the drivers of the trucks but rather on others who were on the roads when the incidents occurred.

The financial burden of living with a brain injury

Brain injuries can vary in terms of severity and prognosis. While some people in Virginia who suffer from a brain injury may be able to return to their normal lives shortly after suffering their harm, others may spend the rest of their lives trying to relearn the basic skills that they mastered in their childhoods. As such, it is important for readers of this Fairfax personal injury law blog to understand that the costs of recovering from and living with a brain injury can greatly fluctuate.

There are a number of costs that must be factored into an assessment of the financial burden of a brain injury. First, medical care for the immediate trauma of a brain injury can rise into the tens of thousands of dollars; these costs are associated with acute care. For some, acute care may be all that is needed to find relief after a brain injury.

Speed a factor in deadly Virginia car crash

A historic community in Virginia was recently rocked by a violent three-vehicle crash that killed two people and sent many more to local hospitals. The crash occurred when one vehicle, which law enforcement officials report was speeding, apparently collided with a second vehicle at an intersection and pushed the then-two vehicle crash into a third vehicle. The driver of the speeding car was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and died. The driver of the first vehicle hit was wearing a seatbelt, but also died as a result of the collision.

Passengers in the speeding vehicle, the first hit vehicle, and the driver of the third vehicle all suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. Law enforcement officials also noted that they had attempted to stop the speeding vehicle earlier in the night but that the driver had not obeyed their commands.

Premises liability lawsuits can compensate injury victims

Although online shopping and advancing telecommunications have made it easier to live a home-based life, it is the rare person who can exist without ever stepping foot outside of their residence. Fairfax residents work, shop and play in locations near and far to their houses, and when they leave the places that they call home they must trust that the entities that own and operate the stores, restaurants, offices, schools and other businesses and buildings they frequent are maintaining them in safe condition. Most of the time individuals can do what they need to do outside of their homes without encountering dangers. However, in unfortunate instances victims of premises liability accidents suffer serious harm due to hazardous conditions on another's property.

A premises liability accident can happen in the blink of an eye, such as when a victim slips and falls on a shop floor or trips and stumbles on the uneven walkways in a mall's parking lot. Property owners have duties to warn individuals of dangers they may encounter as well as duties to remedy hazards under certain conditions. However, if a victim has no way of knowing of a property danger before they encounter it their resulting injuries may form the basis of legal actions against the responsible property owners.

Are drunk driving crashes in Virginia common?

Although data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that drunk driving crashes occur less frequently in Virginia than they do on average throughout the rest of the country drunk driving is still a major contributor to fatal accidents around the Commonwealth. This post will discuss some CDC statistics that demonstrate how frequently drunk drivers cause collisions between motor vehicles and how often those accidents result in deaths.

Between the years of 2003 and 2012 more than 2,600 people were killed by drunk drivers in Virginia. Victims came from all age demographics, with the bulk of victims falling under the age of 35 years old. Though men were more likely to die in drunk driving crashes than women, individuals of both genders may succumb to the negligent tendencies of drunk drivers and the injuries they sustain in accidents with them.

Know the symptoms of a brain injury after a car accident

A lot can happen in the instant that a car accident occurs. A driver may slam on their brakes. Their vehicle may make impact with another car, either through their own volition or the movement of the other vehicle. The driver's seatbelt and other safety devices may engage. They may feel the sudden fear and pain that accompany car accident injuries.

An unfortunate number of residents of Northern Virginia experience vehicle accidents each year and while some are able to walk away from their incidents without suffering harm, others endure serious injuries. One type of injury that can be missed immediately after a car accident is a brain injury. Since the symptoms of brain injuries can sometimes be difficult to identify, this post will generally discuss some of the ways an injury to the brain may manifest after a vehicle accident.

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