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Expenses are considerable after a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries lead to lifelong expenses that can be very costly. Generally, higher level injuries are associated with higher expenses than lower level injuries. Another factor that affects the lifelong expenses associated with the injury is the age of the victim. Younger spinal cord injury patients are likely to have higher expenses because of the number of years they are likely to live after the injury occurs. It is easy to understand the financial devastation that occurs after this type of injury when you consider some averages associated with spinal cord injuries.

The expenses that a person with a spinal cord injury will incur is usually highest during the first year. A high tetraplegia injury means an average of $1,064,716 in direct expenses, which includes living expenses and medical care, in the first year. A low tetraplegia injury means an average of $769,351. Paraplegia is associated with an average of $518,904 of direct expenses in the first year. Any level of injury that is associated with incomplete motor function is associated with $347,484 the first year.

The role of insurance companies in motor vehicle accidents

Motorists injured in accidents soon find themselves in the middle of a very stressful situation. The injuries from the crash and the damage to their vehicles have caused severe disruptions to their daily routine. Missing work is costly, and the medical care that they need can also be expensive. Knowing how to get compensation from those responsible for the accident can be very confusing.

Insurance companies often prey on accident victims in these situations. They know you need money, and they know that you are looking for a way to make ends meet. We wanted to take a few moments to answer some common questions that we often get about insurance companies so that you understand what their objectives are when dealing with accident cases.

Cops: We think you were on the phone while driving, but …

It's one thing to have a law on the books, and quite another to effectively enforce it.

That holds true in California and every other state, and the occasional disconnect that occurs when police officers strongly suspect that a law is being broken yet lack sufficient evidence to do anything about it can seem especially marked when it comes to driving and smartphones.

Dangerous driver case: maybe regulators should be punished, too

After perusing the details of a particularly harrowing tale regarding a dangerous commercial trucker, many readers might be reasonably thinking that the discipline handed out was less than meaningful and comprehensive.

When you look at what might be called the "rap sheet" of the trucker, who was most recently licensed in California, it is manifestly clear that he was a loose cannon on the road and an imminent threat to the lives of other drivers every time he got behind the wheel.

Sleep apnea findings concerning: Truck industry wake-up call?

Clearly, no one will doze off when hearing the conclusions of a group of university researchers examining sleep apnea in the commercial trucking industry.

Falling asleep is one thing when it pertains to, say, an office worker who can't quite keep his or her head up in the cubicle for a few moments on a given afternoon. It is something else altogether when the head bobbing up and down is attached to a driver of an 18-wheel rig that is tooling down a busy interstate in California or elsewhere at 70 miles per hour.

Seniors, falls and driving outcomes: a correlation?

If you're out motoring on a busy California roadway, would you rather be surrounded on all sides by teen drivers or motorists of a relatively advanced age?

That is, of course, a loaded question, and perhaps not a particularly fair one.

Now sooner than later: negotiated deal on automatic braking

The transformation of evolving safety technologies from the testing stage to fully realized standard features in passenger automobiles takes time.

Seat belts are a prominent case in point. Some younger readers of our Los Angeles personal injury blog might be surprised to note that restraint systems were at one time purely optional equipment in passenger vehicles and a bit of a novelty. Their eventual status as widely recognized safety-promoting devices of the first order and, ultimately, standard equipment, took years.

FMCSA's long-term focus: updated commercial trucker requirements

Few people -- and certainly no driver or other occupant in a passenger vehicle in California or elsewhere across the country -- would deny that safety in the commercial trucking industry is a constant and pressing concern.

Indeed, virtually every accident involving an 18-wheel rig, tractor trailer or other large truck makes that immediately apparent, given the repercussions that invariably result from a commercial truck crash.

Safety criticism leveled at FMCSA: shore up inspection program

It's certainly singular for our personal injury legal blog to put a glaring spotlight on any entity or subject matter for two consecutive posts, but such is the outcome achieved with today's entry.

The back-to-back focus of our post today is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is the focal point of some recent safety-related criticisms levied by one player in the commercial transport industry.

You're exempt, you're exempt … too many truck safety exemptions?

Some of our readers have likely never heard of the rather understated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, despite the organization's work centrally focused on the safety of big trucks that ply freeways and interstates across North America.

The CVSA is an international nonprofit group, with its stated mission being "to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security" through advice rendered to regulatory officials and policy makers.

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