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5 Common Injuries After a Bicycle Accident

5 Common Injuries After a Bicycle Accident

5 Common Injuries After a Bicycle AccidentInjuries incurred after a bicycle accident are often much worse than after a car accident. Bicycle accident injuries are often serious due to the lack of protection to bicyclists and the size and force difference when a vehicle collides with a bicycle. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will help ensure that our bicycle accident clients obtain appropriate medical care and treatment and ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable. Take the stress out of your bike accident by hiring an experienced bike accident lawyer to settle your case. At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our attorneys believe every client deserves fair representation not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. The following are five common injuries after a bicycle accident. Please keep in mind the following list is not complete; many other possible injuries exist. Any harm done by the negligence of another person or driver is a reason to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

1. Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion

During a bicycle accident, the bicyclist can sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a variety of ways. For instance, the vehicle itself may strike the rider’s head, or the bicyclist may be thrown to the ground or into another object. A TBI may also occur if the head is violently whipped back and forth without physical impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI contributes to approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths. Signs of TBI include impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, or emotional function. These effects could last for days or even the rest of the person’s life.

A mild TBI is known as a concussion. A concussion is still very serious and even life-threatening.

2. Neck, Back or Spine Injury

The impact from a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist can affect his or her entire body. The neck, back or spine can sustain serious injuries from whipping motion as well as the force of impact from the collision itself. A lifetime of pain can follow things such as fractures, muscle strains, ruptured discs or other injuries. Many of these serious symptoms may go unnoticed right after the bicycle accident due to the surge of adrenaline a person experiences after a collision. Without proper medical treatment, the injury can turn from mild to debilitating over the next few days following the accident.

3. Broken Bones

Often times after a bicycle accident, the rider will fall off the bike and sustain broken bones. Broken bones are usually not as serious as the before mentioned injuries but still needs immediate attention from an emergency room.

4. Lacerations

A laceration is a deep cut or tear in the skin or flesh. Because of how deep a laceration can be, the wound often becomes infected with bacteria as a result of contact. Lacerations are often seen as minor. However, if gone untreated, a laceration can become dangerous if not properly treated and covered up. An infection from a laceration can become life-threatening. Depending on the size of the cut, it is also common to experience too much blood loss.

5. Emotional Trauma or PTSD

Following a serious accident, a person may experience emotional trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A crash is a shocking and scary event. A person suffering from PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares and/or frightening thoughts.

Bicycle Accident Victims Need to Get Help

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another, get medical treatment and then contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm assist clients who have been in bike accidents in Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by getting them the compensation they deserve. Our Spokane personal injury lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. The law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm will seek recovery for all of your damages and maximize your settlement. Our attorneys have successfully represented injured bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation.  Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.

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Car Crash in Spokane Valley Caused by Driving Running Stop Sign

Car Crash in Spokane Valley Caused by Driving Running Stop Sign

Car Crash in Spokane Valley Caused by Driving Running Stop SignTwo vehicles collided in an intersection in Spokane Valley after one driver was running the stop sign. Washington State Patrol reported a driver heading eastbound on 16th Ave and approaching Adams Road drove through a four-way stop sign, causing a car crash with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby medical center for evaluation of his injuries.

Common Reasons for Running a Stop Sign

Over 40 percent of fatal car accidents occur at stop sign intersections. Furthermore, national statistics show that one-third of all car accidents in an intersection occurs at a stop sign. That’s about 700,000 car crashes each year. The following are some common reasons for running a stop sign.

A few common reasons for running a stop sign include:

  • Not paying attention
  • Impatience
  • Rolling stop or failing to come to a complete stop
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Obstructed view

How to Avoid a Car Accident at a Stop Sign

  1. Stop behind the painted line or before the crosswalk. If no markings are present, stop just before the stop sign.
  2. If another vehicle is stopped at a stop sign ahead of you, count two seconds before moving forward to the stop sign.
  3. Look for any hazards before proceeding through the stop sign. Look left, right, straight ahead and then left again. Hazards may include someone walking across the street in the crosswalk or any like matter.

Spokane Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or any other personal injury case you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney right away to receive the best settlement possible. The experienced car accident lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane understand what it takes to get the best settlement for our clients. Our law firm offers a free case review. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation with an experienced and trusted attorney. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. We do not charge by the hour and do not require you to pay a retainer. That means you do not pay anything until we settle your case. You can afford to hire us so call us now to see if you have a good case.

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Life-Threatening Injuries Resulting from Serious Car Crash

Life-Threatening Injuries Resulting from Serious Car Crash

Life-Threatening Injuries Resulting from Serious Car CrashAuthorities reported the driver of a vehicle having life-threatening injuries following a serious car crash on the Freya/Green St. Bridge. Police say a vehicle was heading northbound across the bridge when it hit the divider, then another car and then came back into the northbound lane of traffic. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by a private party. The driver of the northbound vehicle had to be cut out of the vehicle by officials and then was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses told police a passenger from the car in the northbound lane hobbled away from the accident. Officers are looking to speak with this person. The bridge remained closed for several hours as the crash was investigated. Police say they are still investigating and looking into vehicular assault and a possible DUI.

6 Major Life-Threatening Injuries Resulting from Serious Car Crash

The most common visits to the Emergency Room for evaluation and investigation of life-threatening injuries are from serious car crashes. An auto accident can cause minor or major injuries to any part of the body. The severity of the injuries depends on how the accident occurred if the driver or passenger was wearing a seatbelt and the force of impact from the crash. Many times, the damage to the vehicle is not linked to the severity of the injuries suffered by the occupants. The following are six major life-threatening injuries that result from a serious car crash.

1. Blunt and Penetrating Head Injury

A head injury is very serious. Severe impact or penetrating head injury can result in brain damage or brain bleeds. Continuous brain bleeds can cause blood clots to form resulting in brutal pressure over soft brain tissue. The most detrimental injury to the brain is laceration which may result in death or permanent brain damage.

2. Blunt and penetrating Neck Injury

A neck injury is the second most common trauma observed following a serious car crash. Common neck injuries following a car accident are disk bulge and herniation, facet joins injury and subluxation of the vertebrae.

3. Penetrating Chest Injury

A penetrating chest injury can lacerate or injure the lungs, heart or major blood vessels. Most injuries to the chest require extensive and often costly surveys.

4. Penetrating Abdominal Injury

Abdominal injuries are less life-threatening than are chest injuries but can still be severe. Laceration or slash of the abdominal aorta often results in life-threatening bleeding. Penetrating objects resulting from a car crash should be left in place until the patient is in surgery to control the bleeding.

5. Fractured Skull, Ribs and/or Extremities

Blunt trauma, severe twisting of the body or legs as well as penetrating wound extremities can cause fractures to the skull, ribs or extremity bones.

6. Major Joint Dislocation

A car accident may cause dislocation of major or minor joints. Major joints often dislocated in a car accident are shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle joint.

Symptoms and Signs of Life-Threatening Injuries Following a Car Crash

Symptoms of life-threatening injuries may include the following.

  • Severe intractable pain.
  • Severe headache.
  • Agitation.
  • Dizziness.
  • Profound confusion.
  • Inappropriate answers to verbal commands.
  • Loss of memory.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Ringing in the ear.
  • Semiconscious or unconscious.
  • Lethargic.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Weakness.
  • Convulsion or seizure.
  • Vomiting blood.
  • Coughing blood with sputum.
  • Blood in stool.
  • Blood in the urine.

Signs of life-threatening injuries may include the following.

  • Pale skin.
  • Cyanotic or bluish skin.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Gasping for air.
  • Restless.
  • Unable to sit or stand.
  • Unable to lift arms or legs.
  • Unable to follow instructions or carry verbal command like touching nose or toes.
  • Signs of penetrating wounds.
  • Signs of bleeding.
  • Signs of fracture or dislocation of the joint.
  • Signs of weakness or paralysis of extremities.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

Don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer, call now. We can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries working on your case. Call (509) 482-7274 to speak with an experienced Spokane car accident lawyer during a free consultation. The clients of Parke Gordon Law Firm love us, and we think you will too.

Spokane, Washington Law Office

Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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Sideswipe Car Crash in Coeur d’Alene, ID

Sideswipe Car Crash in Coeur d’Alene, ID

Sideswipe Car Crash in Coeur d'Alene, IDIdaho State Police reported a sideswipe car crash in Coeur d’Alene, ID when a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel collided with an oncoming southbound vehicle. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Both also needed to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Officials are still investigating this car crash.

Dangers of a Sideswipe Car Crash

A sideswipe car crash occurs when the sides of two vehicles traveling in the same or opposite direction make contact. Usually, a sideswipe accident occurs when one driver tries to change lanes and doesn’t see the other car. Another term often used for a sideswipe car crash is a “blind spot accident.” Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reported 242,000 sideswipe car crashes occur every year. In addition, sideswipe car crashes cause about 27,000 injuries and over 2,500 fatalities each year.

The following are some typical causes of sideswipe car crashes.

Causes of Sideswipe Car Crash

A sideswipe car crash can occur for a variety of reasons. The following are some common scenarios of sideswipe car crashes.

  • Driver is distracted by texting, eating, grooming or by anything else going on in the vehicle.
  • Driver is intoxicated and fails to maintain in their lane.
  • The driver is tired and falls asleep at the wheel for a second, veering into the other lane.
  • A car merges onto the road or highway and fails to yield.
  • An angry driver purposefully sideswipes another vehicle in a fit of road rage.
  • A high-clearance vehicle such as a large pick-up truck, fails to look for smaller vehicles before changing lanes.
  • Driver over-steers or under-steers while going around a steep curve.

Sideswipe Car Crash Attorney in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in a sideswipe car crash, contact the experienced attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our trusted and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to get you every penny of compensation you deserve. Parke Gordon believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. With our help, you can beat Goliath! Call our Spokane law office now at (509) 482-7274 now for a free consultation.

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Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized Four

Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized Four

Three-Vehicle Car Crash North of Spokane Hospitalized FourWashington State Patrol reported a three-vehicle car crash north of Spokane which hospitalized four individuals. The car crash occurred on U.S. Highway 395 when a driver heading north failed to stop at a red light. Her vehicle crashed into a minivan which then crashed into another vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl. The driver who caused the crash, as well as all occupants in the minivan, were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Officials reported the 17-year-old was uninjured and able to drive away from the accident.

Consequences of Running a Red Light

Running a red light is likely to be the largest temptation for any driver. However, there are consequences for running a red light. For instance, a traffic ticket or worse being injured in a car accident or injuring someone else. A red-light traffic ticket can result from many different driving maneuvers. For instance, the driver did not stop long enough at a stop sign or while turning right on a red light. All states carry various traffic laws for obedience to traffic control signals and devices. The following are the traffic laws concerning traffic signals in Washington state.

RCW 46.61.050: Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices

(1) The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.

(2) No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.

(3) Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.

(4) Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another contact an auto accident lawyer now. Don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer, call the experienced car accident attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm now. We can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries working on your case. Call (509) 482-7274 to speak with an experienced Spokane car accident lawyer during a free consultation. The clients of Parke Gordon Law Firm love us and we think you will too.

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Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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