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Was speeding the cause of your rear-end crash?

Why did a car hit yours from behind when you stopped at an intersection? Was the other driver distracted? Was he using a cellphone?

While it is obvious that he was not paying attention, speeding was the real reason the driver struck your car from behind and caused your head injury.

When you hit your head during a car crash

Motor vehicle accidents can bring a number of consequences for victims, some of which are financial (medical costs, lost wages, and so forth), emotional (depression, anxiety, etc.) and physical. Not only do car accident victims suffer broken bones and lacerations, but there are other serious injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident—some of which may be difficult to detect at first. For example, many people hit their head in a crash and it is important for you to figure out if your brain was injured if you struck your head in a collision.

After hitting your head, you may not notice any immediate signs of an injury. However, your brain could have been injured in the wreck. Brain injuries can go under the radar for some time after the initial accident, and they can make life difficult in many different ways. Some people may struggle with changes to their personality, have more difficulty remembering things or experience other mental difficulties after hitting their head in a motor vehicle wreck.

Is a pharmacist liable for a drug reaction?

When you get your prescription filled at a Texas pharmacy, the pharmacist may ask if you have any questions about your medication. Whether you say yes or no, he or she is likely to next you to note that you accepted counseling from him or her regarding your medication. While you absolutely should discuss the possible outcomes of any prescription with your doctor, your pharmacist has specialized training regarding medications and may have some important information that the doctor didn't mention.

If the pharmacist doesn't provide that information, and you have a bad reaction to the medication, is he or she liable?

Truck drivers and prescription medications

Large truck wrecks happen across the country for many different reasons. Fatigue is especially prevalent in the industry and many truck drivers do not get the amount of sleep they need before getting behind the wheel, while others drive for extended periods of time and are dangerously tired. However, drowsy driving can also be caused by the consumption of prescription medication. Moreover, some truck drivers may intentionally or accidentally find themselves intoxicated as a result of taking prescriptions. Sadly, this can interfere with their driving abilities and lead to a collision which proves fatal or causes victims to sustain major injuries.

There are all sorts of prescription drugs that truck drivers consume behind the wheel, legally and illegally. Some are intended to address pain, while others are meant to reduce anxiety or help with allergies. These different drugs can affect those who take them differently and may cause a wide variety of side effects that can affect someone’s ability to drive safe. Moreover, when someone is in control of a semi truck and they are not able to focus on the road or manage the truck, this can be extremely dangerous.

Summer break, teen drivers and car accidents

There are a host of reasons why teens may be more likely to find themselves in an accident at certain times. For example, some young drivers may not have very much experience behind the wheel or they could drive drunk due to peer pressure. There are a number of other risk factors that teen drivers and those riding in a car driven by a teenager may need to watch out for, such as speeding, fatigue and more. Unfortunately, these crashes have left many people with devastating injuries and it is especially crucial for teens and the parents of young drivers to watch out during summer break.

Over the summer vacation, many young drivers enjoy a sense of freedom and having the ability to take a break from school. This is also a time when many young people get together with their friends, go on road trips or find other ways to enjoy their summer break. However, motor vehicle accidents can completely shatter a young person’s summer break and leave them with debilitating injuries. Worse, some of these crashes prove fatal.

Being uninsured or underinsured can create a host of problems

We understand that car insurance can be expensive, especially in the tough financial climate many Texans are experiencing. It can be particularly difficult to pay for full coverage. However, the reality is that all drivers in the Lone Star state are responsible for insuring vehicles they drive on public roads. If you fail to insure your car and get into an accident, the consequences can be more expensive and extensive than you bargained for.

Unfortunately, you might suffer even if you are insured, but the other driver in the accident had no insurance or was insufficiently covered. For example, an underinsured driver might pay for the bare minimum of liability coverage. If he or she was found at fault in an accident that injured you, liability insurance might only pay for a fraction of your damages – meaning you are responsible for the rest of your expenses.

A look at underage drunk driving

Whether you are a parent, a young person who regularly rides with friends or anyone who drives, there are a number of ways in which underage drunk driving may affect you. For example, your child may experience negative consequences with regard to their future after they are arrested for DUI, you could be charged with this offense and face a number of difficulties or you could be hurt after you are struck by a young driver who was intoxicated. All of these consequences are concerning and draw attention to how essential it is to prevent underage drunk driving.

Unfortunately, this behavior continues to happen on roadways across the U.S. Sometimes, young people find themselves in this position as a result of peer pressure, while others may not be aware that a small amount of alcohol can interfere with their ability to drive safe and that zero tolerance laws mean those under the age of 21 cannot drive with any alcohol in their system. From being unable to land a particular job to devastating injuries, losing the ability to drive and the loss of life, underage drunk driving accidents can be incredibly challenging for everyone involved.

Work shifts and drowsy driving

Drivers become drowsy for many different reasons, from a poor night’s sleep to the use of certain types of prescription medication. However, work-related fatigue is especially common, and many people have had a hard time concentrating on the road because they either worked too many hours or worked a night shift and had difficulty adjusting. Unfortunately, those who drive while fatigued put many lives at risk, including their own. If you regularly work long shifts or expect to work during the night and are not used to overnight work, it is important to be aware of the potential risks.

When someone works for a long period of time, they may become exhausted both mentally and physically. This exhaustion can result in drowsy driving and affect their reaction time and ability to focus on the road, thereby increasing the chances of a crash. In fact, a driver who is fatigued may even fall asleep while behind the wheel, which is terrifying. Moreover, those who work irregular shifts may have their sleep cycles disrupted and they may get less quality sleep, also increasing the likelihood of drowsy driving.

Speeding and the risk of a fatal crash

Motor vehicle collisions continue to lead to lost lives and they happen for countless reasons. Some fatal accidents occur because a driver is intoxicated, drowsy or distracted, while other deadly crashes happen because a driver failed to stop at a sign or follow other traffic laws. For example, some fatal crashes are brought on by a driver’s decision to go over the speed limit, in some cases to an extreme.

From street racing and driving faster to get somewhere on time to showing off and seeking an adrenaline rush, there are many reasons why drivers go over the speed limit. For example, someone might be running late for work and worry about losing their job, while another driver could be trying to impress friends. However, this behavior is extremely dangerous and has resulted in the loss of many lives over the years. When someone drives at an excessive speed, they endanger the lives of those they drive past and their own safety as well.

Off-label drug use could be dangerous

A Texas physician sees a patient and realizes that the risks outweigh the benefits of the medication that he or she would normally prescribe to treat that condition. However, the drug manufacturer has provided information about another medication that could be helpful, even though it was actually developed and tested for treatment of another health issue. 

According to the FDA, the doctor can legally prescribe that medication, even though the intended use in this case is not listed on the drug label provided by the manufacturer. All drug companies must submit evidence to the FDA of the drug's safety and its effectiveness when used according to the label, but how it is prescribed is actually up to the discretion of the physician. 

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