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Reduction in fatal car crashes in Arkansas

Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that it has been growing steadily safer to drive on the road since 1985, when a decline in the number of traffic fatalities began and has continued ever since. However, in spite of the fact that people are less likely to die in a car crash than in the last two decades, individuals are still quite likely to end up in a fatal accident.

Signs of injuries not immediately visible after car accidents

Many people in Arkansas who have been in car accidents suffered serious injuries that were not noticed until later. A lull between the accident and the manifestation of an injury could happen for many reasons. There are numerous symptoms that are common after auto accidents, and it is important to watch for them.

Driving while drowsy in Arkansas

Studies indicate that driving while drowsy may be very similar to driving while intoxicated. Much like when someone is intoxicated, when someone is fatigued, they are likely to have reduced reaction times, limited ability to pay attention to the road and decreased awareness of their surroundings. This may cause an Arkansas driver to fail to take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Risks increase when drivers take their eyes off the road

Most Arkansas motorists know that driving while being distracted can be dangerous. However, many drivers still take their eyes off the road in order to check their cellphones or adjust their sound systems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers should not divert their attention away from the road for more than two seconds. Researchers in a recent study conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety have noted that within that time span, a motorist who is driving at 70 mph will travel approximately 200 feet.

Car accidents are the main cause of sternum fractures

The sternum is the long, flat bone shaped like a dagger that sits along the middle of the chest. It connects the ribs with cartilage to create the front of the rib cage. The function of the rib cage is protecting vital organs such as major blood vessels, lungs and the heart. Road users in Arkansas might not realize that fractures of the sternum most often occur in traffic collisions.

Symptoms and treatment for internal bleeding injuries

Arkansas residents who have been in a serious car accident or experienced a fall may have suffered severe trauma. In some cases, those injured in such incidents might suffer from internal bleeding, which may require immediate medical treatment if the injury is severe or it fails to heal on its own.

Car accidents and spinal injuries

Victims of motor vehicle accidents in Arkansas and other states may find themselves dealing with serious injuries that last long after impact. While such injuries vary in accordance with the circumstances that caused them, spinal fractures represent a particular source of concern. These fractures most commonly happen in the lumbar or thoracic spine areas, and they often result from high-speed accidents.

Shoulder fractures and trauma

Most Arkansas residents know that the shoulder is a complex part of the body consisting of numerous bones, joints, and tissues. An injury can be painful, and one's range of motion can be significantly affected as well. Some shoulder injuries are more common than others, while some require major force, making them rare except in incidents such as car accidents and falls.

Whiplash injuries in Arkansas car accidents

Whiplash, while a very common injury occurring in automobile accidents, is both poorly understood and often mistreated as a result. The injury, caused by a violent jerking from either front-to-back or side-to-side of the head and neck, frequently occurs in rear-end collisions due to the sudden acceleration forward followed by the sudden deceleration backward of the vehicle.

Preventing common car crash injuries in Arkansas

Those who are injured in a car crash could suffer serious brain injuries, facial injuries or injuries to their lower extremities. The good news is that there are steps people can take to lower the odds of a serious injury. For instance, a passenger who covers his or her face could avoid facial scrapes or bruises that may be caused by flying glass.

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