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How can garbage truck accidents be prevented?

On the road, there are many risk factors that threaten the lives of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Sometimes, less common risks, such as a negligent garbage truck driver, can be especially concerning. On the other hand, the reckless actions of someone else, such as an intoxicated motorcyclist, can also result in a garbage truck driver becoming injured or killed in an accident. As a result, it is pivotal for garbage truck drivers and those who find themselves near a garbage truck to review some precautionary measures that can reduce the chances of a mishap occurring.

According to the City of Columbia, Missouri, garbage truck accidents can be prevented in a number of ways. Garbage truck drivers should avoid speeding or driving while intoxicated and work to maintain appropriate communication with co-workers. Waste disposal companies should ensure that workers are trained properly and that workloads are appropriate. Moreover, all drivers should be vigilant when driving near a garbage truck.

Scooters, skateboards, and other forms of road accidents

When people envision a traffic collision, they may picture two vehicles colliding, a motorcyclist crashing, or some other accident that only involves vehicles. However, it is important to keep in mind that people are hit by cars in many other ways as well. For example, someone may be hit by a vehicle while walking, riding a kick scooter, or skateboarding. Sadly, these accidents can be especially devastating, since victims may have little protection when they are struck by a vehicle. If you are a parent or ride a skateboard or kick scooter yourself, it is important to be mindful of the risks.

These accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. On the one hand, some are caused by careless skateboarders who might ride in front of traffic, for example. However, many are also the result of negligent drivers. For example, someone who is under the influence of alcohol might drive off of the road and strike an innocent child, claiming his or her life or causing a serious injury. Or, a driver might be drowsy or distracted, causing them to ignore crosswalks or veer off the road and hit someone riding a skateboard.

Will self-driving cars threaten the safety of pedestrians?

New Orleans is a city with a significant amount of pedestrian traffic, including both locals and tourists. With so many people walking as a mode of transportation, it is especially important for drivers to be on the lookout to avoid hitting someone. But what if no one is actually driving the car? Then who is responsible?

Recently, a woman was killed after she was struck by a self-driving car. The self-driving car was in testing mode at the time -- with a human backup driver. This tragic accident is calling into question the safety of this new technology 

Other ways an auto accident can complicate life

Many people realize the immediately evident consequences of car accidents, such as debilitating injuries and the loss of life. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are other ways a motor vehicle collision can disrupt your life, some of which may not become clear until the days, weeks, or even months following the crash. Regardless of the difficulties you are facing, if an accident was caused by another driver’s disregard for traffic safety laws, you should review all legal options on the table.

An accident can cause all sorts of injuries, but some may not be recognized until a period of time after the accident, such as a traumatic brain injury. Moreover, these crashes can have a steep financial toll, whether victims struggle with medical costs, lost wages, or other financial problems. Furthermore, someone who is struck by a negligent driver may have emotional issues to work through, including depression, anxiety, or anger. On top of these challenges, some people struggle with insurance companies as well.

Headaches and motor vehicle collisions

When it comes to car wrecks, there are many different angles to take into consideration. For example, it is important to understand the consequences of crashes, as well as the various causes. Head injuries are especially concerning and have upended many lives. Following a wreck, some people may not even realize that they suffered a brain injury, which is why paying attention to potential symptoms, such as headaches and memory problems, is so important.

When someone sustains a head injury, the extent of the damage may not be known right away. It may take some time for a person to realize that their brain was injured, which is why any signs such as headaches after a crash should not be ignored. If you hit your head and think your brain may have been injured, you should seek care immediately.

What costs are involved in car accidents?

Drivers in Louisiana should be aware that motor vehicle collisions result in a variety of costs that extend beyond just vehicle repairs and medical care. Victims of car accidents, especially major ones, typically have emotional and mental issues that can add to the amount the insurance companies and/or the person who caused the accident owe over a number of years.

According to the CDC, car accident deaths can result in over $1 Billion in costs in just one year in the state of Louisiana. Vehicle occupants and pedestrians are the road users most frequently involved in serious crashes.

Steps to take after a car accident

The aftermath of a car accident can be a trying time. With emotions and adrenaline still pretty high, making decisions on what to do next can feel like the last thing you want to do. 

Understanding the basics of car accidents is something that anyone will benefit from. The thought is that you hopefully will never need to use any of this information, but if you are in the unfortunate situation of an accident, at least you will go into the situation armed with knowledge. 

Did you receive an inaccurate diagnosis in the emergency room?

If you need immediate medical care, you go to the emergency room. And while you will most likely not see your regular doctor there, you will be seen by a team of highly training doctors and nurses. You should be able to trust the care you are receiving, or at least you would hope so.

Due to the busy nature of an emergency room, and the fast pace at which doctors and nurses have to treat patients, there is a risk of receiving medical care that is not up to standard. In some cases, this could even result in receiving a misdiagnosis

Amtrak 's problems continue

Amtrak has experienced a number of accidents over the last few months, and people in Louisiana are wondering why. At Bruno & Bruno, we are extremely concerned about accidents involving commercial transportation as they can result in major injuries. The latest train crashes resulted in multiple injuries and a number of fatalities, and Amtrak is investigating why these crashes occurred and what can be done to prevent future issues. 

According to CNN, there have been four significant accidents involving their trains since December. A train derailed in Washington State in December, killing three people. In January, a North Carolina couple was hit and killed by a train while their SUV was crossing the tracks. Recently, a train full of Congress members was involved in a crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, and the latest accident occurred in South Carolina, killing two and injuring over 100 passengers.

Defective windshield wipers and auto accidents

From drowsy driving to the use of an intoxicating substance, crashes have a myriad of causes. However, some are the result of a defect or something that went wrong with a vehicle, such as brake failure or someone driving around without brake lights. Moreover, other defects which may not seem as significant to some drivers, such as defective windshield wipers, can also lead to a motor vehicle collision. As a driver, it is paramount for you to ensure that your vehicle and all of its key components are working well and maintained properly.

There are many reasons why defective windshield wipers can be dangerous. First of all, when windshield wipers are not working properly, a driver may have a considerable amount of difficulty seeing the road when it is raining or snowing. During moderate weather, a driver may not think that defective windshield wipers are much of a problem and decide to push off addressing the issue. Unfortunately, it might start raining or snowing at some point and they might try to drive regardless, putting lives in danger.