Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The website of The Law Offices of Williams Kherkher says that accidents can cause a significant amount of consequences to the parties involved. One of these possible consequences is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Essentially, CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects limbs. CRPS can also cause damage to the peripheral and central nervous system.

Men and women are equally as likely to develop the condition. The average age people get CRPS is 40 years old. Children under five years old cannot get CRPS and it is very rare for the elderly or anyone under ten to get it as well.

There are two different categories of CRPS: CRPS-I and CRPS-II. The two categories have the same symptoms and treatments. The only difference is CRPS-II confirms damage to nerves.

The intensity of the condition varies from person to person. In some cases the condition does not affect a person’s day to day life and gradually goes away over time. In other cases, however, severe symptoms continue for the rest of a person’s life.

Skin texture change is a common symptom of CRPS. More specifically, the skin of the affected area becomes shiny and thin. The affected area also develops uncharacteristic sweating patterns. Changes in hair and nail growth speed are a tell tale sign to look out for as well. As far as how CRPS affects someone internally, people with the condition usually have stiffness in the joints within the region of the affected area as well as abnormal posture, jerking, and tremors.

There is currently no specific test that doctors use to diagnose CRPS, but they usually base the diagnosis off of medical history. 90% of the diagnosed cases had clearly experienced trauma. People with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as asthma make up the majority of people diagnosed with CRPS.

The Greater Risk of 15-passenger Vans to Rollover

In 2004 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information regarding the great risk of heavily loaded 15-passenger vans to rollover accidents. This move was part of the NHTSA’s extensive campaign to significantly reduce the more than 30,000 rollover accidents in the US each year.

Rollover accidents have been occurring since the mid of the 19th century. It was not until recently, however, when these caught the government’s attention, due to the thousands of injuries and deaths they cause. And with the increase in the number of vans in the 90s, plus the addition of SUVs, the number of rollovers involving these types of vehicles also rose.

A rollover can happen to any type of vehicle that has a great tendency to oversteer or turn a bit more sharply or farther than actually intended, especially when you are managing a turn or a curve. Vehicles that have a high center of gravity, though, like vans, pick-ups and SUVs have a higher tendency of rolling over, since their center of gravity is farther from the ground.

The risk of a rollover is still much higher in 15-passenger vans, especially if it is filled with passengers. This is because the more individuals there are in the van, the higher its center of gravity becomes. Adding heavy cargo inside or, worse, on the roof, will further raise its center of gravity, rendering the van to tip easily during a sharp, emergency turn. This is because the combined weight of cargo and passengers will reduce the vehicle’s stability, and so, increase its tendency to oversteer.

Some of the precautions issued by the NHTSA to owners of vans and SUVs are: have passengers, if there are only a few, occupy the seats that are frontward of the vehicle’s rear axle; refrain from loading heavy cargo on the roof or inside the vehicle, otherwise, make sure that the cargo’s weight is equally distributed and that it does not exceed the vehicle’s maximum safe load; and, most important of all, make sure that the vehicle bought is equipped with the ESC or the Electronic Stability Control, a safety device that helps drivers keep control of the vehicle. The device also applies automatic brakes on each wheel when the vehicle skids, reducing the chances of a rollover accident.

Many individuals have been victims of rollover accidents in the past; many have lost their lives due to the accident, while most of those who survived were left with severe injuries that required costly medical treatment and resulted to loss of income due to the victim’s inability to report to work. Since rollovers cause personal injuries, or injuries resulting from the negligent or careless behavior of someone else, the law gives victims all the right to seek and receive compensation from the liable individual or party. Many victims have been shortchanged in the past as they dealt with the liable parties on their own. Hiring a good lawyer, who fully knows his/her trade, would be a really good decision as he/she may be your ticket to getting the amount of compensation that you legally deserve.

Safety – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Highest Priority

As an arm of the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which oversees the commercial trucking industry, continues to enforce trucking regulations intended to ensure safety in motor carrier transportation.

The enforcement of various federal regulations, such as the truck’s braking system standard regulation, tire’s tread depth requirement, commercial driver’s license (CDL) program and hours of service (HOS), runs in harmony of the administration’s highest priority, which is safety.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®Operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), like a big rig or an 18-wheeler truck, which has an 80,000 lb. or 40 ton-weight and which measures up to 70 feet long, requires advanced skills, physical abilities, experience and knowledge. Since an 18-wheeler can practically crush anything in its path (still objects or other vehicles) in a ramming accident and, thus, cause greater damage and more severe injuries due to its speed and huge size, a driver should be equipped with the skills and knowledge that will enable him/her to avoid such situations. Thus, anyone applying for a CDL should first pass advanced knowledge and skills tests prior to obtaining a license.

No matter how good a truck driver might have become in performing his or her job, fatigue and sleepiness will not save him or her from a possible road disaster, such as a trucking accident. To make sure that no driver renders more than an 11 consecutive hours on duty, the FMCSA has mandated an 11 hours maximum hours of service. And to ensure that drivers get the sleep they need even while on the road, trucks have been designed with a sleeper berth area where drivers can take their much-needed rest.

Concerning manufacturers, DOT requires them to strictly observe the quality standards in the design and production of tires and brake parts. This is because recent records from the FMCSA show that the most common causes of big rig accidents is defect in either truck brakes or tires. Defective truck parts, unless checked and replaced by the driver, can cause worse accidents. Many lives have already been lost due to such defects and many more lives will still be lost if production of defective and poor-quality truck parts continues.