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Rear-end collisions, the most common type of car accident, put the driver in the front car at risk of serious spine and neck injuries due to the physics of a collision. One of these common injuries is known as whiplash, an injury of the neck tissue that is not well understood. It occurs when a sudden combination of acceleration and deceleration forces cause unrestrained and rapid back-and-forth movement of the head and neck.

Whiplash is not usually life-threatening. It can, however, cause discomfort and disability for a long period of time. Expenses related to whiplash in the United States top $30 million annually.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pains, dizziness, fatigue, jaw pain, visual disturbances and back pain. Severe cases can cause “whiplash associated disorder” symptoms, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.

Modern motor vehicles have several safeguards to prevent whiplash or to reduce its severity. Seatbelts keep the body from moving forward too far, while head rests are meant to prevent the head from moving backward, causing hyperextension of the neck tissues. It is important that seat belts are worn properly and head rests are adjusted to the optimal height to help mitigate the problem of whiplash.

Even with safety precautions, it is still possible to suffer from this common ailment after a rear-end collision. If you are suffering from pain or financial woes due to a whiplash injury, you should contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help guide you in recovering damages.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/whiplash/page4.htm

Did You Know? Whiplash occurs most commonly in those aged 30 to 50 years and is 5 times more common in women than men.

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Sat, May 23, 2015
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Self-driving cars have made headlines in recent years due to their perceived safety relative to human drivers. Many automobile manufacturers have jumped onboard the self-driving vehicle trend, with many consumer models currently offering features like automatic hazard avoidance and automatic parallel parking. Some companies, like Google, Nissan and Tesla, have already tested self-driving cars across long distances and found that the vehicles got into fewer accidents than cars driven by people. Now, manufacturers have revealed a first in the field: an autonomous 18-wheeler.

“An autonomous system never gets tired, never gets distracted. It is always on 100 percent,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, a board member overseeing truck operations for Daimler AG, the parent company of Freightliner, which built the autonomous 18-wheeler.

The technology would offer a number of advantages to truck safety, as 90 percent of truck crashes involve human error, most of it due to fatigue. The trucks will also reduce fuel consumption and emissions as well as improving roadway utilization.

The trucks will currently only be allowed in Nevada, which has created special regulations for self-driving vehicles. Other states will need to create similar regulations before the trucks will see countrywide use.

The truck has already logged over 10,000 miles. Human drivers are still required to ride inside the vehicle to take control in the event of danger.

How do you feel about self-driving 18-wheelers? Will they lead to safer roads?

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/worlds-first-autonomous-truck-goes-operation-n354511

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Fri, May 22, 2015
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Three Indiana State Police vehicles were totaled over the course of the May 8-10 weekend resulting in devastating injuries to three law enforcement officers.

The first accident happened when an officer set off to respond to a separate car accident. A driver changed lanes in front of him and caused a rear-end crash.

The second accident caused injuries to an officer after a rear-end impact pushed his car into the path of a wrong-way driver who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The third officer, who received the most severe injuries, had just apprehended three suspects after a stolen vehicle chase. The officer stuck around the scene to help direct traffic and had all of his vehicles emergency lights on and a yellow arrow board on scene to redirect oncoming vehicles. Despite all precautions, he was rear-ended when he returned to his vehicle and now suffers serious spinal cord injuries that have left him unable to work.

Spinal Cord Injuries after Car Accidents

There are an estimated 7,800 nonfatal spinal cord injuries in the United States every year, and nearly half of those are the result of motor vehicle accidents. A spinal cord injury is one of the most severe injuries a person can sustain. An injury at the neck could lead to paralysis of the body and serious respiratory problems, while lower injuries could lead to weakness, loss of movement and feeling or total lower body paralysis.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you need to contact an attorney. Spinal cord injuries can lead to lifelong pain and suffering and loss of happiness and satisfaction in life. Speak with an attorney to find out your best options moving forward.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wthr.com/story/29035208/isp-trooper-i-could-have-been-paralyzed

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Tue, May 19, 2015
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Rear-end collisions, the most common type of car accident, put the driver in the front car at risk of serious spine and neck injuries due to the physics of a collision. One of these common injuries is known as whiplash, an injury of the neck tissue that is not well understood. It occurs when a sudden combination of acceleration and deceleration forces cause unrestrained and rapid back-and-forth movement of the head and neck.

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