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Are motorcycle deaths becoming more common?

There's never a good time for someone to get hurt, and a motorcycle accident can happen suddenly and without mercy. When a person is thrown from the motorcycle after an impact, he or she might suffer from road burn, head injuries, broken bones or other serious complications. It's important for drivers of all types to take this seriously, as driving with distractions or behaving negligently increases their risk of being in an accident.

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to families; many are fatal, and others cause long-lasting injuries that require care for months or years. According to 2015 statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, there were 4,975 people killed in motorcycle crashes. That's an increase of 8.3 percent since 2014, a sign that motorcycle safety and awareness should still be a concern for all drivers.

You can prove you wrongful death case and seek compensation

Proving that an injury led to a person's wrongful death can take some time and will require the collection of evidence and documentation. These cases have a lower standard of proof than a criminal lawsuit would, but making sure to have all the evidence needed to support your case is important. Keep information on medical records, photos and other documents prepared for your attorney, and make copies.

During a wrongful death case, you are asking the court to award you compensation for the death of a human. This death has to have been caused by another person who either intended to cause harm or who was negligent at the time of the accident. It also must be shown that surviving family members have suffered a monetary injury as a result of the death, whether that is due to paying medical bills or due to losing an income for the family.

Black Friday poses risks to shoppers

With Black Friday approaching, you, as a shopper, want to know that wherever you go, you won't be put at risk because of rushing crowds or stampedes of people. In most cases, stores are taking the time to put up barricades or to work out numbering systems to prevent customers from creating hazards. They understand that the holiday is a busy time, and they should be prepared to deal with it.

If you are hurt during the Black Friday rush, you can still potentially seek compensation from the store thanks to premises liability law. The store needs to take all necessary steps to prevent injuries on the premises, and if it fails to do so, it should be held liable for any injuries that occur.

What kinds of head injuries are caused by car crashes?

One source of traumatic brain injuries is car and truck accidents. Motor vehicle accidents, along with falls, are the two most common reasons for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that around 14.3 percent of the brain injuries suffered each year are a result of motor vehicle accidents alone. When you break that number down, it means that around 286,000 people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year just because of traffic accidents.

Those involved in these accidents could suffer from open or closed injuries. With open wounds, an object penetrates the skull and impacts the brain. In a closed wound, the skull remains closed. While it would take a serious collision to force an object through the skull, even low-speed collisions can result in brain injuries. Even mild brain injuries such as concussions, can lead to long-term problems for the people who suffer them.

Your injuries need proper care after a motorcycle accident

If you're in a motorcycle crash, there are certain body parts that you're more likely to injure than others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008 to determine where the victims suffered the most injuries.

The CDC discovered that in non-fatal accidents, it was the legs and feet that suffered significant injuries. Around 30 percent of all non-fatal injuries were to those body parts. The head and neck were the next most likely areas to be injured, with 22 percent of cases involving injuries to those body parts. After that, the upper body, arms and hands and lower body were likely to be injured.

Families sue bus company for the death of 2 men

A bus crash can be devastating, and it can be even more severe if the driver collides with a large vehicle, like a semi truck. When heavy vehicles collide at higher speeds, individuals can be thrown or items on the bus could turn into projectiles, injuring or killing those inside. Families of victims have a right to seek answers and a lawsuit for compensation.

It's been reported that the families of two people who were killed in a Palm Springs bus accident have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit claiming that the driver was not traveling at a safe speed and failed to slow down or brake to avoid the crash. The incident resulted in 31 injuries and 13 deaths including these two men. The lawsuit indicates that the families believe the bus was not properly maintained, either, a claim that could play into the negligence accusations.

What does a school need to do to protect children?

It can be difficult to keep your children safe at home, even if you know the dangers that are on your property. When you send your child to school, it is equally difficult to make sure your child stays safe. Truthfully, it is not your responsibility to keep your child safe at school. It should be the school district, the teachers and other professionals who keep your child safe while he or she is on the premises.

Your number one priority is likely getting your child to school, getting him or her an education and making sure he or she comes home safely. There are several things that could happen at school that put your child at risk, though. One thing that your child may suffer from is bullying.

How impacts affect the brain

While one of the most common brain injuries is a concussion, there are also other kinds that you could suffer if you're in a car accident or another kind of accident.

A concussion is the main form of injury you can expect to suffer if you hit your head. When this happens, the brain suffers trauma from an impact or sudden movement. It is possible for the brain to stretch, for the blood vessels to rupture or tear and for the cranial nerves to be damaged. While many people think that concussions are all closed injuries, the truth is that an open head wound can produce a concussion as well.

What are some facts about motorcycle crashes?

In 2014, there were 4,586 people who were killed in motorcycle crashes. While that's down 2.3 percent from the year before, that still leaves thousands of people affected by the death of their loved ones. If you are one of those people, you know that you can seek compensation for the losses you've suffered, but you may still be wondering why motorcyclists are at such a high risk of injury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 39 percent of the people killed in these motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets. The number of people wearing helmets was actually up by 2 percent, which is expected to have saved lives.

Can you recover from an incomplete spinal injury?

In the early days of an incomplete spinal cord injury, patients will make much progress if they're treated appropriately. With an incomplete injury, the entire spinal cord is not cut off, so there's still a chance for healing and for the patient to regain some movement or sensation. It's vital that patients receive care to help reduce swelling and to help set bones as necessary as soon as possible after an accident; failing to take steps to reduce the risk of further damage can lead to a malpractice claim.

Incomplete injuries range in severity from those barely noticeable to injuries so severe that they're similar to a complete injury, where patients have little to no sensation at all. Normally, the average person falls somewhere between extremely mild or severe.

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