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3 injuries that may occur when a vehicle rolls

Few types of accidents are as scary and potentially deadly as those involving a rollover. According to Consumer Reports, SUVs are the most likely kinds of cars to roll over, but any car is susceptible, if the circumstances are right.

The following are some of the most common injuries that can result from an accident in which a car rolls, either onto its side or 180 degrees onto its roof. Even in accidents where this does not occur, injuries can be serious and turn into lifelong afflictions if they are not treated properly, so it is imperative to seek medical attention after an accident, no matter how major or minor injuries seem.

Beware of emotional driving

There are many ways drivers become distracted behind the wheel. Texting, eating and applying makeup can all increase a person's likelihood of being in a car crash. However, there is another factor that also causes drivers to become distracted: driving while emotional. 

Research shows driving while incredibly angry, sad or even happy can increase a person's chance of ending up in an accident by 10 times as normal. It is for this reason people should only drive while in a clear state of mind and should pull over if they feel they are a danger to themselves or others. 

Could the city be held liable for your motorcycle crash?

Experienced motorcycle riders are aware of their vulnerability and accustomed to taking necessary precautions, especially at night and in bad weather. However, they cannot always prepare for the unexpected, such as a dangerous spot on the road. What happens if a motorcycle rider crashes because a city street has been poorly maintained?

 

Take care of yourself emotionally after a car accident

After you suffer an injury in a car crash, the focus is, understandably, on your injury. Some injuries are usually evident to others - broken bones, for example, or internal bleeding that doctors are able to find. Doctors even take serious injuries such as whiplash or back pain that might not show up visibly or on diagnostics.

All of this attention on the physical aspect of your health is good, but it is important to remember to take care of yourself emotionally.

Oklahoma's deadliest types of vehicle accidents

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You probably know someone who has been in a car accident. Maybe you've been in one or two yourself. While a minor rear-end collision at a stop light can be no more than a big annoyance, a major pile-up on the highway can lead to serious injuries and deaths.

How many fatal car accidents occur in Oklahoma?

Bumping your head may be more serious than you think

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Were you recently in an accident? Did you seek medical care despite having no symptoms? You, like many others, may feel just fine after a car crash, fall or other type of accident. However, failing to see a doctor afterward is particularly dangerous if you hit your head.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, about 2.8 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Many don't even know they were injured. Unfortunately, failing to get your head examined (no pun intended) can lead to serious consequences, including:

    Why you should contact the police after a minor car accident

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    After an auto accident, you should call the police so they can come to the scene to create an official report. Even with minor traffic collisions, you should still have the police come out because the report will be hugely advantageous when you file your insurance claim. 

    You will need to talk to the police, so the officers receive the clearest picture of what happened. However, you need to be mindful of what you say because your words can come back to haunt you later in court. 

    What you can do if someone is in shock after an accident

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    As we have outlined in previous posts, there are numerous steps to take after a car accident. These include getting your vehicle out of the way of traffic and contacting law enforcement and insurance companies.

    Before authorities arrive and before you exchange contact information with the other parties, your first priority should be to keep accident victims safe while waiting for the ambulance to get to the scene. But what do you do if someone is seriously hurt and in shock?

    Can you tell when another driver is drunk?

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    You probably encounter a lot of bad drivers during your daily commutes. It is frustrating when a driver cuts you off or starts to veer into your lane. Dealing with foolish motorists is frustrating because they can be truly dangerous.

    But how can you tell the difference between a bad driver and a drunk driver? While they may share some characteristics, there are some obvious signs when drivers are under the influence of alcohol. Here are some ways you can spot impaired drivers:

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