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Career Drivers Can Have Problems with Fatigue

Career Drivers Can Have Problems with Fatigue

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. Many people drive for a living, whether it is driving trucks, taxis or buses. Unfortunately, this can be a stressful career, particularly when people are forced to drive for hours on end. There are numerous health complications which can arise when people drive for extended periods of time. They include:

  • Blood Clots: While chest trauma and cardiac contusions are common ways that might trigger a blood clot, people can develop these dangerous health complications just by driving for long hours. When people sit still for an extended period of time, their blood can start to pool in their lower extremities, leading to blood clots that form in the deep veins of the legs. If the blood clots move from the veins to the rest of the body, they can cause a heart attack, a stroke, or even a pulmonary embolism. These are serious complications which could lead to wrongful death.

Airbags and the Prevention of Injuries

Airbags and the Prevention of Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. Over the years, new technology has been developed to improve passenger safety, such as cross-traffic alert, lane departure assist, and even rear view cameras. One of the focuses has also been on the technology of airbags. When someone is involved in a traumatic auto accident, the impact usually trips the sensors located on all sides of the vehicle. When the sensors are tripped, the vehicle’s airbags deploy and inflate quickly to cushion the driver or passenger’s impact on various parts of the vehicle. By softening the collision between the inside of the car and it’s  occupants, traumatic injuries, such as bone fractures, might be avoided. Of course, this is all predicated on whether the driver and passenger were properly wearing their seat belt.

As more research shows the effectiveness of airbags in preventing catastrophic personal injuries, many vehicles today feature brand new models of airbags that have been significantly improved over prior generations. Newer vehicles began to add airbags to the rear and sides of cars as well. Many cars now have side curtain airbags and even airbags at the knees of passengers to prevent traumatic knee injuries. Of course, airbags have not gone without their problems. Sometimes, airbags have to be recalled due to issues with their inflation. When a product is recalled, it means that manufacturers have identified some fundamental problem in its production that causes it to malfunction.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth in Stockton

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth in Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. One of the most common questions an attorney is asked is, “how much is my case worth?” This varies depending on the circumstances. There are three factors that must be considered in any case. These are the extent of damages, the degree of fault involved and the amount of negligence each party in an accident is assigned. Let’s take a look at these factors, and probe the way in which compensation is calculated.

Negligence

How Self-Driving Car Systems Could Reduce Traffic Jams

How Self-Driving Car Systems Could Reduce Traffic Jams

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. Whether you’re commuting during rush hour traffic or heading out for the beginning of a vacation, drivers frequently find themselves stuck in a “phantom” traffic jam that offers no obvious explanation. The results of a recent study conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) revealed that having just one autonomous vehicle on the road can influence the traffic flow of at least 20 human-controlled cars nearby. The implications of the study results are that autonomous vehicles have the capacity to significantly reduce roadway congestion.

The Mystery of Phantom Jams Explained

Distracted Driving and Vehicle Automation

Distracted Driving and Vehicle Automation

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. New research has found a correlation between distracted driving and vehicle automation. The study revealed that when vehicle automation usage, particularly cruise control, cell phone use increases as well. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology released results concluding that when cruise control is on, drivers were more likely to use their mobile devices for apps, e-mails or text more than 10 percent of the time.

Distracted Driving

Car Crashes and Children - Eye Damage

Car Crashes and Children – Eye Damage

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. Going for a car ride with young children can be a challenge. Numerous distractions might pop up along with the worry of being involved in a car accident.

Because of their size, children need to be protected, and extra measures must be taken when they ride in motor vehicles. Children should always sit in the safest location in a car whenever possible. For vehicles with a back seat, this means sitting in the middle. This is going to be as far as possible from any impact in a car accident and can help prevent serious injuries, such as bone fractures.

How to Avoid Trucking Accidents in Stockton

How to Avoid Trucking Accidents in Stockton

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. Large commercial trucks are a significant portion of California’s economy as freight is hauled back and forth throughout the state. According to the California Department of Transportation, 78 percent of the communities in California depend on large trucks to transport goods. With such a high demand to meet this, unfortunately, increases the chances of a car accident with a big rig, which may result in life-changing consequences to those involved. Continue reading below to learn how to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones when driving in close proximity to big trucks.

Truck Accident Statistics

Car Crashes and Crush Injuries

Car Crashes and Crush Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer. The classifications of injuries that people can sustain in a car crash are wide and varied. Sometimes, people can get pinned in their vehicle and sustain a crush injury. It is important to manage these injuries appropriately because they can have dire consequences.

A crush injury is a severe traumatic injury that occurs when an object of heavy mass compresses part of the body that can lead to the degradation and breakdown of muscle tissues. For example, someone could have a crush injury of the leg, often accompanied by bone fractures such as femur fractures, that leads to the death of some of the muscle surrounding the femur. When this muscle tissue dies, it releases the contents of its cells. As its cells burst, the sodium, potassium, and chloride inside the cells get released into the bloodstream. The muscle fibers rupture as well, releasing myoglobin into the bloodstream. As these contents travel throughout the blood, they start to cause problems. The excess potassium can have impacts on the heart. The myoglobin can begin to clot in the blood vessels. It is also toxic to the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. The pH of the blood can start to drop, leading to an acidotic state. Severe crush injuries can halt the flow of blood, trapping toxins in the blood and, possibly, leading to wrongful death.

Bicyclist Injured in Stockton Hit and Run Accident

Bicyclist Injured in Stockton Hit and Run Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. A bicyclist was struck by an oncoming vehicle that left the scene in east Stockton on the night of June 23, 2018. At approximately 8:30 in the evening, a man was riding his bicycle along Pleasant Avenue in the vicinity of Waterloo Road when an unknown vehicle swerved into him and caused him to fall off his bike. The suspect vehicle, reportedly driven by a middle-aged man who failed to render aid to the injured bicyclist, was last seen traveling southbound on Pleasant Avenue. The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. An update on his condition has not yet been released publicly by officials.

Bicycle Accidents

Auto Accident Injures Stockton Residents Near Williams

Auto Accident Injures Stockton Residents Near Williams

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. An auto accident claimed the life of one party and left five with traumatic injuries on June 17, 2018. At approximately 12:30 in the afternoon, a woman was driving her Ford Fusion eastbound along Highway 20 when her vehicle veered off onto the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a guardrail. The Ford continued uncontrollably into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2006 Honda Odyssey. Due to the impact of the collision, the Honda came to a rest along the westbound lane of Highway 20 while the Ford overturned onto its roof. The motorist and four passengers of the Honda, all identified as residents of Stockton, were transported by medical personnel to a hospital for treatment of injuries described as major to moderate. Unfortunately, the driver of the Ford was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified the victim as 52-year-old Barbara Newton of Orangevale.

I would like to extend my sympathy to the friends and family of the victim during this difficult time, along with my hope for a speedy and full recovery for those injured in this tragic accident.

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