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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Different ways an auto accident can disrupt life

For some auto accident victims, the crash is so severe that they pass away, which can leave their loved ones in a permanent state of depression and with plenty of financial challenges. In many accidents, however, victims are lucky to survive. However, they may suffer various injuries and these injuries can disrupt their lives in many different ways. While physical pain and immobility are common problems brought on by auto accident injuries, there are many other ways these injuries can have a negative impact on a victim’s life and make things hard for those they love also.

How does sleep apnea affect driving abilities?

A person’s ability to drive may be adversely impacted by a number of factors, from alcohol consumption to stress and distractions in the car, such as talking with passengers. However, drowsy driving is particularly concerning, and many people get behind the wheel even though they are too sleep deprived to drive safely. For some people, such as those who have sleep apnea, this can be especially problematic. Regrettably, some people with sleep apnea do not realize how dangerous this condition can be.

How can fatigue affect driver performance?

Many different risk factors can lead to an auto collision, such as the use of an intoxicating substance or reckless behavior on the road (speeding, failing to observe common sense driving rules, etc.). Unfortunately, fatigue is yet another concerning cause of crashes and some people do not even recognize that they have become dangerously tired and put lives at risk (including their own life) by driving while drowsy. It is important for drivers to be aware of the different ways in which fatigue can impact a person’s ability to drive.

Energy drinks and the risk of a collision

Virtually all drivers are aware that certain substances, such as street drugs and alcohol, can impede a person’s driving abilities and make a collision more likely. However, it is important to keep in mind that even seemingly harmless chemicals, such as caffeine, can increase the likelihood of an accident as well. For example, someone who is sensitive to caffeine may notice a decrease in their ability to drive safe after consuming an energy drink and the same may be true for someone who has consumed multiple energy drinks.

Opioid use can lead to more car accidents

Drivers in Texas who are taking a type of opioid for pain or other health condition need to be aware that driving while under their influence can result in an increase in motor vehicle accidents. Opioids include prescription drugs, such as codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine, as well as heroin. 

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