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Lifelong impacts of a traumatic brain injury are possible

When you think of a head injury, you might think of a bump to the head that doesn't have any long-lasting impacts. The fact of the matter is that some head injuries lead to more serious injuries.

Moderate to severe brain injuries are some that are more serious than just a bump on the head. The impacts of these injuries can last a full lifetime for some people. The ability of the person to overcome the impacts of the injury depends on a host of factors. Below are some of the primary factors to think about.

How better truck underride guards can save lives

Maryland drivers who crash into the back or side of a tractor-trailer face a grave risk of being killed. Forbes reports that when a car hits a trailer with a high underside, there is little to stop the car from sliding underneath, shearing off its hood, windshield and roof in the process.

The car’s driver and front seat passenger are likely to suffer death by decapitation. Back seat passengers face the same risk given the car’s speed at the moment of impact.

Traumatic brain injury: a collision of soft tissue and bony skull

Traumatic brain injury can result from a variety of incidents, including everything from high-impact sports to car accidents and perpetrated violence. If you are a Maryland resident who is suffering from headaches, dizziness or sound and light sensitivity, you may want to learn more about potential causes of brain trauma. At the Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, LLC, we have assisted a number of clients struggling to understand why they have a traumatic head injury.

Many people believe getting hit in the head is the only way to injure the brain, but the Mayo Clinic reports additional possibilities. In addition to a direct blow to the head, a severe jolt that causes the brain to bump against the skull can bruise the soft tissue, resulting in injury. If you have been in a car accident, you may have experienced such a jolt from the immediate impact when your head instantly snapped backward and then forward again. Even if your seat belt and the airbags protected you from slamming against a window or the steering wheel, the sudden motion may have been enough to create a collision of soft brain tissue with bony skull structure.

What is distracted driving in Maryland?

You probably notice distracted drivers all around you when you’re driving to work, school or on errands in Maryland. You may drive while distracted yourself. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration reports that 27,000 people are killed or injured each year in distracted driving crashes in this state.

Maryland law defines distracted driving as doing something that takes your attention away from driving. Numerous kinds of activities can distract you while you are behind the wheel, but they fall into the following four categories:

  1. Cognitive – letting your mind wander to something other than your driving
  2. Manual – taking your hands off the steering wheel to use them for another purpose
  3. Visual – taking your eyes off the road to look at something else either inside or outside your vehicle
  4. Auditory – listening to something other than road noises

Tips for trucking safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers tips to help keep commercial drivers safe on the road. At The Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, we take trucking safety seriously. We often work with injured parties in the aftermath of accidents involving semitrucks and recommend the FMCSA's approach to avoiding such mishaps.

The FMCSA advises drivers to maintain their vehicles well. Since worn tires and faulty brakes can easily cause semitrucks to careen out of control, having both checked on a consistent schedule can ward off the potential for sliding unnecessarily. Should your truck lose traction on an icy highway or wet side street, keeping heavy loads securely balanced also decreases the chance of rolling over.

Cellphone rules for truck drivers

Many Maryland truck drivers may be accustomed to keeping their cellphones within reach. However, distracted driving can be a factor in many accidents and it is important for truckers to understand the rules governing cellphone use.

Truckers who drive commercial motor vehicles may not always see their cellphones as dangerous. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that when a driver texts behind the wheel, he or she may drive about the length of a football field before looking back at the road. Additionally a CMV driver is 23.2 times more likely to drift out of a line, collide with another vehicle or almost crash when he or she is texting behind the wheel. Additionally, making a phone call can be dangerous. It is 6 times more likely that truck drivers will compromise their safety on the road when they dial a phone while they drive.

Learning problems and the traumatized brain

You were the top of your class, doing great in your field and generally an intelligent individual. You still are. The problem is that you just can't think the way you used to, and learning is harder than ever, thanks to a traumatic brain injury.

Depending on the kind of brain injury you've suffered, you could struggle to make new memories, have problems recalling memories or develop other learning disabilities. People who suffer traumatic brain injuries could have trouble understanding words, paying attention, thinking abstractly, behaving, talking, seeing or hearing, or reasoning. Some struggle with walking or physical activities because of the damage the brain injury caused. Some people can relearn to walk, read or perform other activities, while others struggle to regain those abilities.

The debilitating aftereffects of a TBI

Maryland residents who suffer a traumatic brain injury can face a very difficult future. A TBI can lead to catastrophic physical and mental complications, lifelong disabilities and death.

The Brain Injury Association of America explains that the consequences of a TBI are unpredictable since no two of them are exactly the same. Effects are complex and vary from person to person. In general, however, an injury to the left side of the brain can cause difficulties with speaking and in understanding words. In addition, it can decrease the person’s ability to think logically and to control the movements on the right side of his or her body. Severe anxiety and depression are other common results of a left-brain TBI.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

If you are a Maryland resident who is hurt in an accident resulting in a head injury, you should be aware that no matter how seemingly minor your injury is, even a bump on the head can result in a TBI. The Mayo Clinic defines a traumatic brain injury http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302 as a blow or jolt to your head wherein an external force causes brain dysfunction. A TBI can lead to catastrophic physical and mental complications, lifelong disabilities and death.

Falls are by far the most common events that cause TBIs, with vehicular accidents coming in second. TBIs also are often seen in high-impact sports such as football, baseball, soccer, boxing, hockey and skateboarding. Approximately 20 percent of TBIs are the result of violence, such as gunshot wounds, domestic violence and child abuse.

Property owners’ slip-and-fall responsibilities

Anytime you visit a public place where the walking surface is wet or oily, you can risk slipping and falling. This is especially true this time of year, when rainy or snowy conditions in Maryland can make parking lots, sidewalks and store entryways hazardous. At the Law Offices of Scott N. Bergman, LLC, we feel it is important to let you know the ways in which store owners and property managers must attempt to make their premises safer for you and others in slippery conditions.

According to EHS Today, slip-and-fall accidents account for a large portion of accidents at the workplace. When you account for falls that occur off the job as well, you can see the magnitude of the problem. There are a few steps you can take to reduce your chances of ending up in the emergency room due to a fall this winter. When getting in and out of your car, you will want to watch out for slushy or icy spots on the ground. Walk carefully in parking lots and on sidewalks, and take care in entryways, where puddles of water, mud and slush often gather. Be sure to step on mats and wipe your shoes off before walking on tile or linoleum.

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