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3 potential complications for those with a traumatic brain injury

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury in an accident can have serious consequences. In fact, a long-term study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that TBI triples the risk for a premature death. The study also indicated a higher risk of suicide, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. These complications associated with TBI depend on various factors, including the severity and circumstances of the injury.

If you or a loved one has a TBI, it is worth considering these potential ramifications. Keep reading for more details about TBI complications and risks.

Life with TBI after a bicycle accident means big changes

Being hurt in a bicycle accident or motorcycle accident can be distressing enough. Add TBI, or traumatic brain injury, to the picture, and your life stands to change even more. Even relatively minor cases may mean months of hard work, recovery and lost income that require a lot of compensation.

The most serious cases of TBI could lead to ongoing behavioral and personality changes, strokes, communication deficits, cognitive deficits or even death. Here is a very broad overview of why outcomes with TBI are difficult to predict but almost always result in major life changes.

Bicycling safety for children

Hopping on your bike and going to meet up with friends is one of the greatest joys for a kid. There is the sense of independence from being able to get somewhere on your own and the freedom that comes with riding up and down the road. And for parents, there is the extra bonus of knowing your child is doing something that is healthy.

However, while there are so many benefits to bicycling, there are also a number of risks, so it is important for parents to emphasize safety. 

5 ways to teach teenagers about distracted driving

In today's world, most teenagers have a cell phone or some type of device to keep in touch with family and friends. While these are great tools for keeping track of your kids, they can also lead to serious distraction when your kids are behind the wheel. Distracted driving can be deadly and have serious consequences not only for the driver but also for anyone injured in the accident. To reduce the risks of teens driving distracted, parents should teach them several things.

Sharing the road with motorcycles

If you are like many American drivers, you may make a habit to move over or avoid driving behind motorcycles whenever possible. Many drivers feel nervous when they see motorcycles on the roadway, not only because they can be tougher than traditional cars to spot, but also because the nature of the bike offers little protection to riders.

While there is only so much you can do as a traditional motorist to avoid motorcyclists who are not driving safely or properly following the rules of the road, there are some steps you can take as a driver to avoid contributing to the problem. These steps include:

What types of compensation can I claim after an accident?

If you were involved in a car accident and you suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be looking to recover damages from the person or entity responsible for the collision. Compensation can come in many forms, and the types that you can ultimately pursue will vary considerably due to factors such as the seriousness of your injuries, the length of time they may impact you and any effect on your ability to earn income. The following are some of the types of compensation you may be able to seek following your accident.

4 tips for sharing the road

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 37,000 perish annually in motor vehicle accidents. What is worse than this figure is the realization that many, if not most, of those deaths may have been avoidable. Too often, people are careless, and the results are deadly. You can reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim by sharing the road more conscientiously. These four tips, in fact, can provide you with the guidance you need to be a better driver.

How bikers can increase visibility to motorists

Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating, but it is also often risky. Riders who are serious about safety already know that one of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that motorcyclists simply are not as visible as drivers in cars. This makes it easy for motorcyclists to not be seen, which can in turn cause a collision. The best way to combat this, however, is to proactively improve your visibility if you are a motorcycle rider. There are steps you can take to do so, and these four are a great place to start.

Are text senders responsible for distracted driving accidents?

Imagine the last time you sent a text to someone. Before you hit "send," did you think about what the person on the other end might have been doing at the time?

If you answered "no," you are likely not alone. Even if you were curious about what the recipient was doing at the time of your text, it likely wouldn't have affected whether you sent it.

However, a few cases have popped up across the country in which text message senders have been named in car accident lawsuits.

How daylight saving time puts pedestrians at risk

Today, the sun will set in Sacramento at 6:02 p.m. This Sunday, however, marks the end of daylight saving time. Although falling back gives us an extra hour in our day, it also means an earlier sunset from now until spring.

While many people have strong feelings about whether daylight saving time should exist, the fact of the matter is that an earlier sunset means the streets are darker for longer at night. When it comes to driving, darkness is never a good thing.

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