Texting and Driving Injury Lawyers
Texting and driving is a serious problem on America’s roads today. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31 percent of American motorists admitted to reading or sending a message over their phone while behind the wheel. In addition, as more people do it, the risks of an accident and injuries increase more and more: motorists that send text messages cause an average of 330,000 injuries and more than 3,000 deaths annually.
Several states have passed laws designed to curb texting behind the wheel, but that alone does not alleviate the risk. Every time a person goes out on the road, he or she may be at risk of having an accident involving a distracted motorist, whether it is someone calling on a cell phone or someone who is texting and driving. Those accidents may lead to serious injuries or death.
While any accident can cause traumatic injury, two common types that tend to come about are traumatic brain injuries and injuries to the back and spinal cord. Here are some things to know about these particular types of injuries.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
While any head blow is a possible cause for traumatic brain injury (TBI), there are two particular injury types that are of the highest concern. The first is penetrating (when an outside object comes into the brain and damages it) and secondly is closed head (when the brain is injured upon impact with a blow to the head). Of the two, closed head injuries are often associated with a car accident, and they can happen when a person’s head hits the dashboard or windshield.
A closed head injury can lead to two types of brain damage:
– Primary: damage that occurs and is completed upon impact, like a skull fracture or a laceration
– Secondary: damage that occurs over time after impact, like epilepsy or a hematoma
TBIs can lead to cognitive and communication problems that make it difficult for the victim to function individually. It is important for anyone who is in an accident caused by someone using their phone while behind the wheel to seek proper care from experienced sources.
BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is also possible following a car accident. These types of injuries are divided into one of two categories, complete or incomplete.
– A complete injury is one where there is no function of any kind at the point below the injury. A person cannot move any body parts, nor can they feel any sensation on either side of his or her body.
– An incomplete injury is one where there is some form of function below the point of injury. Someone with an incomplete SCI can, for instance, move a limb or move one side of the body better than the other, or he can feel a part of the body that he or she cannot move.
Though treatments for SCIs have improved dramatically over the years, there is still no cure for them, and the rehabilitation process can be tough for some accident victims.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?
If a person is injured in an accident caused by someone texting and driving, he or she should seek medical attention to make sure that they are not suffering from a serious injury. Many facing traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injury due to another driver’s negligence behind the wheel have chosen to consult with a personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in cases of this nature.