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Traumatic brain injuries caused by car accidents

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a force penetrates or fractures the skull. Unfortunately, half of all TBIs result from car accidents. TBIs caused by car crashes don’t necessarily need to be due to a skull fracture or penetration; when the body experiences a sudden jolt or stop, the brain careens forward even if your head is held steady. This is how your brain collides with your skull, causing internal bruising and bleeding in the skull that isn’t visible to the naked eye. 

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident and have been diagnosed with a TBI, read the information below. Our lawyers at Hach & Rose can help you navigate the process of filing a claim and win you the compensation you deserve. 

Four common TBIs caused by car accidents

  • Penetration: This occurs when an object, such as a metal part of a wrecked car, cuts into the brain. This is one of the most serious types of TBI because it could result in the victim’s death or serious paralysis.
  • Concussion: This is a less serious TBI, but is still worth filing a claim for. A concussion occurs when the brain is repeatedly being rocked back and forth in the skull. 
  • Focal brain injury: This is an injury affecting one specific part of the brain, which could lead to loss of bodily function normally controlled by that area. 
  • Locked-in syndrome: This rare and tragic TBI results from damage to the lower brain and brain stem. The victim is fully mentally aware, but is paralyzed and cannot speak. 

Common TBI symptoms to watch for:

  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Changes in attention or mental skills
  • Numbness in fingers and toes

This list is not exhaustive, and you should reach out to a medical professional if you are concerned that you are suffering from a brain injury.

If you have suffered a TBI in a car accident, do not hesitate to reach out to a knowledgeable brain injury attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP. We will help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule a free consultation today. 


How to stay safe if you’re traveling for the holidays

If you want to enjoy the holiday season with your family and loved ones, chances are you’ll be hitting the road or catching a plane sometime soon. Unfortunately, first responders always see an uptick in car collisions and fatalities during the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s. It is important to be aware of these safety tips to protect yourself and your family so you can get safely from point A to point B.

Adjust Your Driving for the Weather

If you find yourself on the road during a blizzard, you need to exercise extreme precaution. Ice, hail, snow, and rain tend to throw drivers into a panic, especially if they aren’t used to driving in those conditions. If you are driving in the snow, there are a few basic things to know. First, drive slowly, because the snow and ice on the roads will make it harder for your tires to gain traction. Second, keep more distance between you and the car in front of you than you would on a clear, sunny day. Third, approach hills with strategic caution. AAA recommends gathering some speed before you go up the hill because applying gas on an upslope will only make your tires spin. When you reach the top of the hill, pump the breaks slowly as you descend.

Check Your Vehicle

AAA also recommends you examine your vehicle before embarking on a road trip. Be sure to clear your exhaust pipe, especially if your region has seen heavy snow lately. A clogged exhaust pipe might leak toxic carbon monoxide gas into your car while the engine is running.

Share Your Location

If you’re going on a long trip, share your route and your location with all of your friends and family. If you find yourself out of gas or in a snowstorm, they will be able to find your exact location to send help.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers must be extra cautious on roadways during the winter. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck because of a reckless or negligent driver who failed to exercise caution when driving in inclement weather, you have the right to seek compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident lawyers can help you get the justice that you deserve when you call us at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your case.

 

 


Social Media and Young Drivers: A Formula for Disaster 

According to a study conducted by the Queensland University of Technology in Australia (QUT), one in six young drivers uses the social media application Snapchat while driving. Sixteen percent of the 500 people surveyed say they’ve opened the Snapchat app on their phones while driving. Fifteen percent of these drivers sent photos and videos while they drove. A big reason these drivers take the risk is simply that they cannot resist the urge to share something seen while in the car. Most of the drivers claim they weren’t worried about being caught by police.  

However, a ticket violation is the least of your worries in a distracted driving accident. 

Using social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat and driving is a form of distracted driving. Distracted driving is as simple as it sounds. It is a driver that is distracted from the road, increasing the chances of a fatality or injury to an innocent party. If a driver uses social media while operating a vehicle, they comprise the three types of distracted driving: manual (taking one hand off of the wheel), cognitive (distracting your mind to view videos or photos), and visual (taking your eyes off of the road). 

According to a CNN report, Snapchat is in hot water for personal injury lawsuits because drivers were distracted while using the app and driving. These car accidents produced several injuries, resulting in lawyers targeting the company for negligence. Between recent cases and the study conducted by QUT, young drivers are at particular risk for this behavior. Parents are encouraged to talk to their teenage or young adult children about the dangers of using social media while driving and should be sure to set a good example behind the wheel themselves.

Contact the New York Distracted Driving Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been hurt by a distracted driver, contact the experienced injury lawyers at (212) 779-0057. We are here to support you through this challenging time, so call us or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation today. We’ll help you understand your rights and legal options, and will help you get the justice you deserve. 


Common Injuries Suffered in Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision takes place when the front of one vehicle crashes into the back of another. From 2012 to 2014, nearly 50 percent of all two-vehicle accidents were rear-end collisions. Each year, these collisions resulted in more than 1.7 thousand fatalities. According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), “87 percent of rear-end crashes involved a driver failing to attend to the traffic ahead,” meaning that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of these types of collisions. In high-impact rear-end collisions, several different types of injuries that can result, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Skull and brain damage
  • Facial injuries
  • Arm, hand, and wrist injuries
  • Leg and knee injuries
  • Seat-belt injuries

According to physicists, “rear-ending a stationary car while traveling at 30 miles per hour is equivalent . . . to crashing into a wall at 15 miles per hour.” The majority of the force is absorbed by the stationary vehicle. So, if the stationary vehicle is smaller or less rigid than the moving vehicle, it could be subject to devastating damage. Certain types of cars with smaller rear-crumple zones, such as minivans, have a higher risk of being involved in fatal car collisions. For the infamous Ford Pinto, a rear-end collision could result in deadly fuel-fed fires.

To avoid being involved in a rear-end collision, it is always important to remain focused on the road ahead while driving. This is especially true for new and inexperienced drivers, who are more likely to be distracted drivers.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in New York

Every driver must drive responsibly. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a rear-end collision caused by the reckless or careless actions of another driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Contact the New York car accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our team today.


Broken Bones After A Car Accident

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately three million people suffer non-fatal injuries in car accidents each year in the United States.

Broken bones are some of the most common types of injuries after a serious car accident. Even with the proper usage of seatbelts and other kinds of protective gear, both drivers and occupants are still at-risk for sustaining broken bone injuries during a high-impact collision. People often suffer broken or fractured bones in car accidents due to:

  •  Bracing for impact during a collision 
  •  Impact-related injuries doors, the hood, the dashboard, or steering wheel 
  • Being ejected from a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt

 Broken bone injuries can range from mildly serious to life-altering. The most common broken bones after a car accident include:

  • Fibula and Femur – Located respectively in the lower leg and upper leg, these bones can be broken if the leg-area within a vehicle crumples or caves-in during a car accident.
  • Facial Bones – Because an airbag only has a fraction of a second to inflate, it has to expand with an incredible amount of force. This means that striking an airbag can lead to broken noses, cheekbones, jaws, and eye-socket bones.
  • Clavicle – The clavicle is considered to be one of the most fragile bones in the human body. It is light, spongy, and is easily broken during any direct high-energy impact. Thus, this bone is one of the most commonly injured during car accidents.
  • Pelvic Bone – The pelvic area is a complex region that supports the legs and spine. Pelvic bones are most commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a high-impact collision.
  • Sternum – Otherwise known as the breastbone, the sternum joins the ribcage at the center and helps protect the heart, lungs, and other major organs from injury. Like the pelvis, the sternum is also commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a collision.
  • Skull – A skull fracture is one of the most serious injuries that can be sustained during a car accident. The skull can be damaged during a collision if an occupant’s head strikes a window, the dashboard, or another object. Skull injuries may not be immediately detectable, which is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident.
  • Spinal Vertebrae – Damage to the spinal vertebrae can lead to long-term injury, disability, or death. The vertebrae can break or fracture during a high-impact collision, as airbags and restraints can exert a large amount of force upon the body. This force can cause major damage to the delicate bones within the spine.

Contact a Broken Bone Attorney in New York 

Broken bones can lead to significant medical bills, lost wages, and long-term health issues. If you or someone you love has broken a bone during a car accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with us today. 


Vehicle Rollovers: What Are the Risk Factors?

Because vehicle rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of car accidents, they are considered to be especially dangerous. Even though rollover crashes only account for about 2.1 percent of all vehicle accidents, they are responsible for almost 35 percent of traffic fatalities, according to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). When does a vehicle rollover take place? Primarily, a rollover occurs when a motor vehicle is tipped — or “rolled” — over onto its side or roof.

There are two types of rollover crashes, including “tripped” and “untripped.”

  • Tripped – Tripped rollovers result from a high-energy impact with an external force like another vehicle, a truck, or even a curb.
  • Untripped – According to a 2012 study from the University of Minnesota, these types of rollovers result from a combination of “steering input, speed, and friction with the ground.”

By educating yourself on the possible causes of vehicle rollovers, you can reduce your chances of suffering the physical, financial, and emotional impact of a severe car accident. Some of the most common risk factors involved in rollovers include:

  • Type of Vehicle – While almost every type of vehicle has the potential to roll over; some are more at-risk than others. High-risk vehicles tend to be taller and narrower with high centers of gravity. Some examples of high-risk vehicles include pickup trucks, SUVs, and buses.
  • Speed – According to the NHTSA, excessive speeding is common with rollover crashes. In fact, “Some 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding,” states the NHTSA.
  • Intoxication – It is illegal to drive intoxicated in all fifty states. It is unlawful because alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s judgment, muscle coordination, focus, and more. According to the NHTSA, “nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol.”
  • Rural Roads – Rural roads tend to lack road divides and guardrails, making it difficult for drivers to regain control of their vehicles in a high-risk situation. Almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers take place on rural roads.
  • Driver Behavior – Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal rollover crashes. Often, these crashes only involve a single car — the car that rolls over. Studies have concluded that driver behavior is a potential cause for approximately 85 percent of fatal rollover crashes.

Contact a Rollover Attorney in New York

Were you hurt in a rollover accident caused by a negligent driver, or did your accident happen due to a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle? If so, you have the right to take legal action against those responsible, and the New York rollover accident attorneys will be ready to help fight for the fair compensation you’re owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online today.


Young Drivers Are at Higher Risk of Car Accidents, Statistics Show

Because young drivers have less experience on the road, they are significantly more likely to be involved in a serious car accident. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 16 to 19 than among any other age group.”

Vehicle collisions are the most common cause of death for teenagers within the United States. In 2017, researchers estimated that roughly 300 thousand teens were injured due to collisions, and almost 2,400 were killed.

Which teens are the most at-risk for being involved in a serious collision?  

  • Teenage boys – according to a 2017 CDC report, the fatality rate for male drivers from 16 to 19 years of age was more than two times higher than the fatality rate for female drivers in the same age group.
  • Teenagers traveling with other teenagers – operating a vehicle is a task that requires the full attention of the driver. When inexperienced drivers are distracted by their passengers, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increase greatly.
  • Newly-licensed teenage drivers – within the first few months of licensure, the risk of being involved in a collision is extremely high. This is why parents should discourage their teenagers from traveling over long, complicated routes immediately after they receive their license.

Teenage drivers need lots of guidance and practice before becoming experienced enough to travel with security in mind. By thoroughly educating your child on safe driving techniques, you can help them reduce their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident.  

Contact a New York Teen Driving Crash Attorney 

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by an inexperienced and improperly supervised driver, you should not have to pay for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred. It is possible that the teen driver should not have been out on the road on their own, should have been properly supervised, or should otherwise not have been behind the wheel when they hit you. If this has happened to you, be sure to reach out to our skilled New York car accident lawyers right away at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 

 

 

 


T-Bone Car Accidents: Who Is At Fault?

Otherwise known as side-impact or broadside collisions, T-bone car accidents occur when the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimate these accidents result in the deaths of approximately 8 thousand Americans each year.

T-bone accidents most commonly take place at intersections, where the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Some of the most common injuries sustained during a side-collision include:

  • Traumatic head or brain injuries (TBI) – traumatic brain injuries occur during a high-energy impact so strong that it causes the brain to collide with the skull. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, confusion, vomiting, drowsiness, and changed behavior.
  • Chest trauma – according to a report from MedScape, researchers estimate that car accidents cause approximately 70 to 80 percent of blunt-force chest trauma. In severe cases, chest trauma can impede long-term health by resulting in lung damage and esophageal injuries.
  • Broken ribs – the rib-cage protects the majority of the human body’s vital organs. When ribs are broken during a car collision, organ damage is a possible result.

When it comes to determining liability in broadside collisions, either driver could be at fault. For example, if the driver is texting on their phone and fails to see that driver two missed a stop sign, both drivers could be held liable if a T-bone collision occurs. Perhaps the most important factors in determining liability include:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Taking photos
  • Recording statements
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Police involvement

Contact A New York Car Accident Attorney 

T-bone accidents can be especially devastating because drivers are often only protected from collisions by a thin door and window. If you or someone you love has suffered injury in a T-bone collision caused by a negligent motorist, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case with a New York car accident attorney right away. 


Whiplash: How Common Is It?

Otherwise known as a type of neck sprain, whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained after a car accident. According to a recent report from Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), researchers found that over 2 million Americans suffer from whiplash each year. This injury “occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward, then backward in a whip-like motion that over-stretches the joints, muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back,” states the RUMC.

It doesn’t take a lot of force to sustain a whiplash injury. In fact, injury can occur at speeds as low as 10 miles per hour — all it really takes is a high-energy impact. Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear-ending collisions when a vehicle is subject to a sudden forward-moving force. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are all too common. According to a report from the Washington Post, U.S. roadways see an average of 1.7 million rear-end collisions per year — making the risk of sustaining a whiplash injury exceedingly high.

These neck-strain injuries are in fact so common that vehicle manufacturers began modifying car designs. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a safety standard for vehicles that would require headrests in cars to be higher and closer to the head. These changes were made with the express purpose of reducing and preventing cases of whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash continues to be one of the most prevalent crash-related injuries in the United States.

Recognizing the early symptoms of whiplash is often one of the most important factors in building a personal injury case. Some common signs of whiplash include:

  • Pain in the neck, arm, back, or shoulders
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • “Pins and needles” feeling
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Numbness
  • Tenderness

If you or someone you know has suffered the impact of whiplash because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident attorneys will work around the clock to build your case and fight for justice on your behalf.


Knee Injuries in a Car Crash: How Do They Happen?

When it comes to car accidents, even a seemingly minor collision can result in serious, long-term injuries. While some of the most common types of injuries include head, neck, and spinal trauma, accident victims often report suffering severe knee injuries in collisions.

These types of injuries occur when there is a strong external force suddenly placed on the knee, which may cause extensive damage to the bones, ligaments, cartilage, and more. The most common types of knee injuries sustained in car wrecks include:

  • Kneecap Fractures – Kneecap fractures occur when the patella is cracked, broken, or shattered. These fractures are caused by high-energy impacts, such as car accidents.
  • Thighbone Fractures of the Knee – Like kneecap fractures, thighbone fractures are the result of high-energy impacts. In this case, the fracture can extend from the kneecap into the lower femur.
  • Shinbone Fractures of the Knee – Shinbone fractures, like kneecap and thighbone fractures, can happen during a high-energy impact such as a car collision. In this case, the fracture can extend into the upper shinbone.
  • Knee Dislocation – Dislocations happen when the bones in the knee are either partially or entirely out of place. In people with usually healthy knee structures, being involved in a high-impact car collision could result in a knee dislocation.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries – ACL injuries are most commonly known as sports injuries. However, if this ligament is subject to high-energy trauma — such as within a car accident — it is prone to fracturing or tearing.
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries – PCL injuries occur when the knee suffers from a blow to the front while being in a bent position. These ligament injuries most commonly occur during vehicle collisions.
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries – Most often caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee, these types of injuries involve the ligaments located on the sides of your knee. During a car accident, collateral ligament injuries can occur if a driver is rear-ended by another car going at high speed.
  • Meniscal Tears – Meniscus tissue provides the bones in your knees with the cushion they need to move and flex comfortably. The meniscus can be fragile, and just a simple twist, turn, or blow may cause it to tear.
  • Tendon Tears – Tendon tears most commonly occur when the knee is subjected to a direct, front-facing blow. The high-impact of the trauma can cause the tendon to stretch, fracture, or completely break.

After a car accident, it is essential for drivers to be aware of any knee-injury symptoms, such as pain, popping sounds, weakness, swelling, immobility, and limping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

Did you suffer a severe knee injury in a car accident that was not your fault? If so, you could be entitled to compensation from the person or party responsible. Contact a New York car accident lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live online. Our team will sit down with you and discuss your knee injury and how we can help you get the justice and fair compensation you’re owed. 

 

 


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