LAS VEGAS, Nevada. According to Wired, the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave U.S. infrastructure a “D” grade. When you think of crumbling infrastructure, you might imagine roads with potholes or bridges in need of repair. But, the reality is that poor roads, potholes, and other road hazards caused by infrastructure problems can lead to car accidents and other injuries. Unfortunately, many of America’s roads are in need of repair. A recent report indicated that one in five miles of America’s highways may need fixing. However, when it comes to fixing roads, they simply might not be a priority. Governments must decide how to spend strapped budgets. The cost of repairing America’s highways are estimated to be in the trillions. More urgent municipal projects may take priority over roads. While we might not think of road repair as a critical issue, bad roads can lead to tire blowouts, which can lead to accidents or other serious injuries.
UTAH. In very few places are there explicit laws on how individuals should park their car. New York City, for example has some parking areas where drivers are explicitly required to back into a parking space. Where city parking can be busy and where streets can be crowded, backing into a space has clear benefits. However, in most parking lots in America, drivers can choose whether to park head on or to back up. But, which is safer?
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. So, you’ve been in a car accident. You hit your head, but didn’t pass out, don’t feel dizzy, and don’t think you’ve suffered any memory loss. So, you’re fine, right? Maybe not. According to NPR, researchers for the journal Radiology report that even one concussion can have lasting changes on the brain. When the brain scans of healthy patients were compared to the brain scans of those who had suffered a concussion, the brains of those who had suffered a concussion showed damage in areas of the brain linked to mood and depression. In fact, some scans showed signs of atrophy or brain shrinkage. While researchers indicate that most patients who suffer mild traumatic brain injury go on to experience a full recovery, as many as 10 to 20 percent of patients might go on to develop problems with mood, depression, and anxiety. Others might experience headaches, balance problems, or difficulty concentrating. Sometimes these symptoms aren’t immediate perceptible.
UTAH. According to Fox 13, members of Utah’s state legislature recently visited Utah State University’s research center for autonomous vehicles. The legislators took a look at vehicles that were both electric and autonomous, cars that researchers hope will revolutionize the way we drive in Utah. They rode in the vehicles, a signal that lawmakers may be soon ready to embrace the new and controversial technology.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. If you’ve been in a car accident, your doctor may initially prescribe pain medications to treat your pain. However, with reports about many people becoming addicted to opioid painkillers, more patients are seeking alternative treatments for their pain. While insurance companies may be ready to prescribe pain killers because they are low cost, individuals sometimes find themselves struggling to wean themselves off these drugs when the time comes. If you’ve been in a car accident, is an alternative treatment an option for you?
UTAH. According to Quartz, the number of people who were dying on U.S. roads had been on a steady decline. Then, people started using and buying smartphones. Traffic fatalities have increased by 14% over the last couple of years and many experts are blaming the smartphone for this increase. Yet, despite the fact that smartphones are a known distraction, federal data on exactly how many people are killed or injured due to smartphone use behind the wheel is hard to come by. According to Bloomberg, many deaths behind the wheel are not listed as deaths due to distracted driving or due to the use of a smartphone. In fact, Bloomberg notes that there might simply not be adequate data on the number of people killed each year due to distracted driving.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. The recent shooting in Las Vegas has left at least 58 people dead and another 489 injured. The tragedy has again raised questions about what should be done to prevent gun violence in America. Yet, in the wake of the shooting, online trolls and cyberbullies targeted innocent people, connecting them with the shooting or incorrectly identifying them as victims online. Some of these individuals have faced threats as a result. While the Truman Law Firm, P.C. handles car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, it is important to remember the sometimes-silent victims who suffer at the hands of malicious entities who sole purpose is to cause harm. If you’ve suffered as a result of online harassment, you may have important rights under the law.
UTAH. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you may be facing a long recovery time, high medical bills, lost wages from time missed at work, and pain and suffering. The expenses that families and victims may face after a serious accident in Utah may be immense. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Utah residents lose an estimated $268 million in crash-related deaths each year. These figures account for medical expenses and estimated work losses. However, these numbers don’t account for the people who survive their injuries and may require long-term rehabilitation, nursing, or experience long-term disability.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and freeing, but when you ride, you are also more exposed to the elements and to the mistakes of other drivers. While motorcyclists tend to be among the safest drivers out there, taking the extra time to check your equipment can offer you that added level of safety you need before you hit the road. According to Motorcyclist, a pre-ride safety check can take as little as 5 minutes and it could save your life. Here are ten essential pre-ride checks you can perform:
Utah. If you’re planning on driving to see the total solar eclipse set to take place on Monday, August 21st, prepare yourself for a magnificent and rare celestial phenomenon—and also for a traffic jam of celestial proportions. According to Time Magazine, federal and state officials are working against the clock to raise traffic awareness and to ready the communities and roads that will experience what is known as “totality” or the moment the moon crosses in front of the sun, plunging the world into nighttime—in the middle of the day.