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Student Drivers - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Student Drivers - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

One of the most universal things when it comes to being on the road is the actual process of learning how to drive. Another universal experience is when you are already a confident driver and now must share the road with a student driver. Student drivers are not used to being on the road and therefore are more likely to become overwhelmed or make devastating mistakes. Many of us know or are even friends with people who hit their parent’s garbage cans or backed into a mailbox while learning how to drive. I know I can name quite a few people in my life that didn’t get off to a great start when they were first trying to get the hang of being behind the wheel.

One of the biggest problems with student drivers is that not all states require you to make note of the fact that someone is still learning. This means that many drivers will tend to get annoyed and may even drive aggressively around the person who is simply trying to learn how to navigate around in a new capacity. While aggressive driving is always dangerous, it is definitely moreso when it involves someone that doesn’t have the experience to counter the outburst safely. You obviously never want to have to use an evasive tactic while on the road, but it does happen. This is something you learn over time. If you have a driver that doesn’t have a lot of experience, the result can be devastating all because someone else couldn’t have some patience for a person on the road.

We always suggest having a sticker or magnet on your car if you have someone learning to drive in it. It may seem embarrassing, but it is better than having someone get aggressive because the driver is a little green. You never know how someone else on the road is going to react, but it is better to make sure that you and those you love are protected and safe with a little warning.

If you were injured in an accident that dealt with a student driver, give the Accident and Injury Center a call. We can help with any legal action that needs to be taken as well as with any pain that you might have. Car accidents are never comfortable, but we will do everything we can to help make it a little easier on you. Come in today and see how much better you feel!

Pedestrian Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Pedestrian Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Sometimes, car accidents aren't between multiple vehicles. While one car accidents do happen relatively frequently, especially in inclement weather, that isn’t really what I'm speaking about today. Today, I want to talk about what happens to you when you are hit as a pedestrian. While we all know that pedestrians legally have the right of way in many situations, this doesn’t always mean that drivers will respect this fact. It can often feel like you’re taking your life into your hands, even if you are following all of the stated traffic laws. This frequently depends on how recklessly people drive through certain areas and intersections. Being a pedestrian can be extremely dangerous if you are crossing the street, even if you are in a crosswalk.

When you are hit as a pedestrian, it is very different from being hit while in a car. If you are walking on the road as opposed to driving, you don’t have a large metal barrier around you to take the brunt of the impact. All of the physical trauma from the crash is going to directly hit your body instead of being absorbed and dissipated by the metal and air bags and other safety features that you have in a car. Think about the damage that can occur on a vehicle in a crash. Now apply that to the possibility that you are being hit instead. It definitely leaves you with an unpleasant mental image, I'm sure.

While the human body is generally very resilient, there is only so much impact trauma that it can be expected to take. If you’ve ever been hit by something large or fallen and had the wind knocked out of you, you understand how low that threshold can be. With a multi-ton vehicle crashing into you, it is unrealistic to expect your body to be able to simply stand up and walk away. More often than not, a hospital trip and stay will be needed. You can only hope that it won't be a long visit.

Pedestrian accidents can be difficult to deal with both from a physical standpoint and a legal one. Thankfully, the Accident and Injury Center can help you with both! Our chiropractors can help you deal with your pain and injuries, and we can help you find legal representation if it is needed. Our main goal is always your health and safety, so call us to set up an appointment today!

Bus Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Bus Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Buses are one of the most important, yet most frustrating aspects of living in any given area. Even large cities with funding to their public transportation system field a lot of complaints about the quality of the transit. You often find that buses are not on time, they are often dirty, and the service itself may not be as expansive as you need. Even driving on the road with them can be frustrating, as you need to be careful while behind them in case they stop or pull off to the side of the road for a stop. It isn't any wonder that bus accidents happen, but they are often severe when they do.

While buses may be larger than other commercial vehicles, they are not necessarily safer when it comes to a severe accident. A vehicle that does not require seat belts naturally runs a higher risk of injuries if something goes wrong. It may be true that a bus is less likely to be totaled than something small like a Smart Car, but that doesn’t mean that they will protect every passenger if something does collide with them. Far too many drivers on the road either don’t realize how much damage can be done with a bus, or they simply don’t care. Whatever the cause of the crash, it is important to remember that simply being on a bus will not automatically mean that you are safe from harm.

If you are driving and notice a bus driving in the same area as you, be sure to be cautious around them. It is never easy being in control of a car, but being behind the wheel of something even larger is often nerve-wracking for everyone involved. It is important to remind yourself that everyone’s goal is to get themselves and their passengers to their destination safely. Always do your best to coordinate with other drivers to create a safe driving environment.

Unfortunately, we know that bus accidents do happen. If you were injured because of a crash that involved a bus, call the Accident and Injury Center today. There are a lot of lasting problems that can come from a motor vehicle accident and the larger the vehicle, the worse they can be. We will do everything we can to help you get back to your old self  and work toward healing any pain you might still have. Give us a call so we can help you today!

Children and Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Children and Accidents - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Let’s be completely honest: children are a lot of work. It really doesn’t matter how many kids you've had already or how much babysitting experience you may have, because each kid has their own unique challenges. Trying to stay on top of things like recalls, new techniques and suggestions from childcare experts, and even your changing requirements from work, family, and friends can be exhausting. What worked for one child may not work for the next for any number of reasons. Technology is also constantly changing in regards to childcare, and you never know what might be available from one child to the next, even if it is a sibling.

One of the things that is constantly changing and evolving is the car seat. From a simple chair strapped onto the back of a seat with a wire across it to the new high tech car seats that can connect to WiFi and your smart phone, car seats have improved in leaps and bounds since they were created. Even 20 years ago, children were still front facing and there was no such thing as an expiration date on the car seat. Now that we know it is safer to put kids in a rear facing seat and that the integrity of car seats can diminish over time, we have to wonder what the next major development will be. With car seats that can remind you to check the back seat, warn you of an overly warm car, or even an unbuckled belt, it can seem like there is hardly room for improvement. However, we know that something will come along and we will need to adjust to that too.

Even with all of the safety regulations that we have, children do unfortunately still get hurt in cars. We know that it is always difficult to see your little one in pain, which is why we are determined to do everything we can to help. Here at the Accident and Injury Center, we will work with every tool we have to make sure that any damage that might have been done is mitigated when it comes to your car accident. We will come up with a personalized plan to help your child and everyone else in your family who is living in pain. It’s the least we can do to help you through what is certainly a difficult time. Just call and leave the rest to us!

Residential Driving - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

Residential Driving - Charlotte NC Chiropractor

When you are driving through an area that has multiple houses, you are probably going to notice the fact that the speed limit is lower. There are likely multiple signs that say that you need to go slow and pay attention for any number of reasons. These may have to do with kids in the area, people with disabilities, or even animal crossings. The end result is basically the same, though. You are going to be asked to drive slower through these areas, and it's easy to see why. It can be frustrating that you need to give yourself a little extra time, but it's understandable. Unfortunately, not everyone else feels this way about it.

All too often, we see people speeding through areas that they most definitely shouldn't be speeding through. This can be terrifying when you know that there are children in the area or people who cannot easily move as quickly to get out of the street if something were to happen. While there may not be much you can do on your own to make sure that people obey the speed limits and are careful when driving around residential areas, you can certainly always practice safe driving while you are going through them yourself.

Residential driving is one of those things that everyone needs to do at some point. It's also something that everyone should be respectful of. After all, we all want our families to be safe. This may mean that you need to post more signs or petition your town to install speed bumps in order to ensure that people reduce their speed appropriately. When you have a residential area, the main thing to remember is that people aren't going to be going at highway speeds pulling into their driveway. You shouldn't be expected to in order to stay safe, either.

If you were injured in a crash that occurred in a residential neighborhood, especially if that crash resulted from someone speeding, give the Accident and Injury Center a call right away. We can help you deal with the pain you are experiencing and even help you with the legal aspects of your case. When it comes to crashes in residential areas, there is a lot at stake. We know how confusing and frustrating this time can be, which is why it's important to have someone on your side. Give us a call today and see how we can help you!