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Here's what you should know about spinal injuries

Spinal cord injuries are often devastating to those who suffer them. Depending on the location of the injury, the patient may have a lack of sensation or other symptoms nearly anywhere in their body. While not all spinal cord injuries are the same, they can produce a range of symptoms such as:

  • Weakness in the limbs
  • A lack of sensation or no sensation from the point of injury downward
  • Possible organ involvement
  • Tingling
  • A feeling of heat or burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis

Looking at these symptoms, it's easy to see why a spinal injury has such a major impact on patients.

Personal injury cases: Get the right compensation

A personal injury can be anything from a broken bone to a serious brain injury. Everyone deals with them differently, and the medical techniques used to help patients heal vary, too. After any kind of personal injury, it's going to be in your best interests to seek medical care and second opinions when needed.

When you suffer a personal injury as a result of another person's negligence, recklessness or intentional actions, it's important that you take the time to file a personal injury claim. If the other party has insurance, you may be able to file a claim directly for compensation. If they do not, then your attorney may need to assist you with a personal injury lawsuit.

Let your attorney help if you're in a crash

Car crashes happen every day, but nothing can prepare you for when it happens to you. You were just driving a regular route when a driver from out of state crossed the center line and hit you. You had no time to slow down or prepare for the crash, so you both hit while traveling 45 mph.

Now, you have significant injuries and have to focus on a long recovery. You have many medical expenses and haven't been able to work. You're at a loss when it comes to how to handle the situation.

Compensation can help cover losses after a catastrophic injury

There are many types of injuries that you could suffer, but if you are extremely unfortunate, you'll suffer the worst: A catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury often refers to an injury that severely impacts your brain or spine. It may result in serious trauma to your brain or paralysis throughout your body.

Nearly all catastrophic injuries result in permanent disability, but the symptoms can vary based on the patient. Some people may suffer from:

  • Memory loss
  • Amnesia
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Chronic pain
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Trouble walking or other mobility issues

Speed Limiters and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: What Are They and How Do They Affect You as a Driver?

Did you know that your car has a speed limiter? Do you know what a speed limiter is? According to HowStuffWorks.com, this is is how a speed limiter works in your vehicle.

New bill would limit tractor-trailer truck speeds to 65 mph

Large trucks can be a hazard to other drivers, causing serious and sometimes fatal accidents. A new bill proposed in the U.S. Senate aims to reduce these accidents by limiting truck speeds.

The bipartisan effort by Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, and Chris Coons, D-Delaware would electronically limit heavy truck speeds to 65 miles per hour. This bill would replace a proposal from the Department of Transportation (DOT), which has been in limbo for over a decade. 

Should E-Scooters Be Banned?

E-Scooters first hit the scene in San Francisco in 2012 and became widely used in many major metropolitan cities by 2017. Since the fall of 2017, 8 people have died in E-Scooter accidents and more than 1500 people have been injured in the United States. This month, British YouTube star and television presenter Emily Hartridge was killed in an accident involving her E-Scooter and a lorry, bringing attention to the issue on a global level.

Does your insurance cover electronic scooter accidents?

As electronic scooters grow in popularity, so have scooted-related accidents. Falling injuries, traffic accidents and fatalities are all linked to scooters.

Unfortunately, most riders are unaware that they are opening themselves up to liability when they get on a scooter. Lucian McMahon, senior research specialist for the Insurance Information Institute, told the Associated Press that under a standard insurance policy, there is likely a “pretty significant gap” in insurance coverage.

Can You Get A DUI While Riding a Bicycle?

In the state of Utah, though uncommon, it is possible to get a DUI while riding a bicycle. Typically, if you are ticketed for being intoxicated while riding a bicycle you will be charged with public intoxication rather than a DUI but in some circumstances, people have received DUIs. Often these cases can be argued because the law states that a DUI is for driving a "vehicle" under the influence and there is some wiggle room in proving whether or not a bicycle should be considered a vehicle.

Distracted driving: A big threat to Utah motorcyclists

There are many safety dangers that motorcyclists can face here in Utah. These hazards can have tragic consequences. Sadly, Utah’s roads have been a particularly deadly place for motorcyclists in recent years. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, motorcycle accident fatalities have been on the increase in the state.

Among the things that can create major risks for motorcyclists out on the roads is unsafe conduct by other drivers. One such behavior that many point to as being a particularly big problem out on the state’s roads is distracted driving.

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