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Knowing why most car accidents occur could help keep you safe

The number of automobile accidents in Ontario continues to grow every year despite the pace at which safety technology advances. The truth is that most crashes are preventable, and even with all the modern safety features, recklessness and negligence of motorists remain extremely prevalent on almost all Canadian roadways.

Safe driving requires skills, patience and awareness of everything that goes on around you, and this practice can significantly reduce your chances of being in any kind of unfortunate incident while traveling. Unfortunately, even the safest of drivers still fall victim to other motorists' negligent and reckless actions far too often.

Emotional damage hard to shake following a car accident

Since the day of your collision, you've probably relived the moments and events leading up to and following the crash over and over again in your mind, unless your injuries were so severe you have no recollection of the initial impact of the incident. Ontario roadways can be very scary places.

Everyone always talks about physical injuries, medical treatment and everything related to bodily recovery; however, the emotional and psychological damage you might suffer in a car accident can be equally, if not more devastating than a broken arm or leg.

The unpredictable consequences of traumatic brain injuries

 Victims of traumatic brain injuries suffer a whole lot more than physical damage. Because TBI is not a visible injury that needs a cast or crutches, other people struggle to understand the many ways in which it affects a person. Nevertheless, TBI is a common injury suffered in automobile accidents -- although it not always diagnosed immediately.

If you have suffered a brain injury -- regardless of the severity -- the patience of your loved ones may be tested. TBI can cause emotional fluctuations that may cause you to act out of character in a variety of ways. Here are some of the changes with which they may have to cope:

  • Depression -- Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might have also lost physical abilities, and along with the damage done to your brain, you may feel helpless because you are suddenly unable to partake in activities that you once adored. Although cognitive behaviour therapy may help, depression typically sets in when that treatment ends.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder -- Traumatic events of any kind can cause PTSD. The accident that caused your TBI may leave you feeling helpless with fear and horror as you repeatedly relive the dreadfulness of it. Victims find it almost impossible to let go of those overwhelming memories.
  • Personality changes -- Loved ones often struggle to understand the many personality changes a TBI victim can undergo. If the frontal lobe of your brain was damaged, you would likely be unable to control yourself, and making sensible decisions or reasoning properly may be a struggle. Uncontrollable mood swings may create an emotional rollercoaster that could test both you and your loved ones.
  • Aggression and anxiety -- Coping with all these changes of which you have no control can cause panic that may lead to anxiety -- and some bouts of aggression. There may be memory loss among the many changes that make you feel worthless and helpless, leaving you frustrated without knowing how to release the feelings of anger. 
  • Wait and see – Every TBI case is unique, and you may experience some or all of these emotional problems. With appropriate therapy and care, you may eventually heal and return to live a normal life as you knew it before the accident -- but it is often a case of wait and see. Nothing about traumatic brain injuries is predictable.
  • You need legal support -- While you have to cope with the emotional and physical harm after being the victim in an unfortunate incident, such as a car accident, you will also have to face the financial consequences. Medical treatment, therapy, medication and other bills will accumulate while you are unable to return to work -- exacerbating the hopelessness of your situation. This is the time when you need the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights, including the recovery of damages.

Distracted driving- Could New York's proposed "textalyzer" come to Ontario?

Distracted driving laws have been around for a few years, but the dangerous behaviour only seems to be picking up speed. In fact, Ontario statistics indicate that distracted driving collisions now cause twice as many deaths as they did in the year 2000.

Noting the trends, New York lawmakers have been pushing to introduce a new technology, dubbed the "textalyzer". The newfangled device would equip police to detect cell phone use at the scene of an accident, similar to the way they test drivers for blood alcohol level with a breathalyzer. If passed as law, the practice may easily spread across the continent and make its way north of the border.

Accident benefits slashed - Six months later, are you protected?

Last year, you probably got a letter from your insurer outlining major, province-wide changes to your auto insurance policy. Maybe your eyes glazed over as you struggled to make sense of the changes to your benefits. Did you tuck the letter away or throw it out?

It's crucial that you know how the changes may impact you if you are ever injured in a car accident. Don't wait. Here are the nuts and bolts of the changes you face- simplified and in plain English. Once you understand the changes, you can finally make an informed decision on how to protect you and your loved ones.

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