Springfield, MO (PRWEB) April 1, 2009
Law firms like Aaron Sachs Associates, practicing in the Springfield, Missouri area, see a variety of personal injury cases, where people get hurt through no fault of their own. Much of the time there is a vehicle involved, and as a Missouri-based personal injury attorney firm, practicing in the Springfield area, with offices in Joplin and Columbia, they see many clients who have been in all kinds of personal injury accidents.
"Most incidents involve the use of a vehicle, generally automobiles, trucks and motorcycles, but serious injuries can result from negligent use of almost any moving object, from bicycles to tractors," says Aaron Sachs. "An unfortunate ramification of these incidents is commonly the additional involvement of mind-altering substances, such as alcohol and prescription or illegal drugs. Oftentimes, the choices people make before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or astride a motorcycle make me shake my head in amazement."
Furthermore, he states, many of these situations involve circumstances where a minimum of forethought would potentially have spared victims large amounts of pain and suffering. Take, for example, the argument, which is often a heated and emotional one, of motorcycle helmets; to wear or not to wear. Studies performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2008 show that a motorcycle rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to die in a crash than one wearing a helmet. In general, riders without helmets are three times more likely to suffer a brain injury, as evidenced by the same studies.
Sachs opines: "Although many motorcycle riders desire to and do make the daily choice to ride with a helmet or without, I would postulate that any rider who has suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident would now wish that he or she had made a choice for the head-protection, before setting out. My experiences, just from the cases I have seen at my office in Springfield, give me certainty in my conviction. The after-the-fact regret is painful for me to see, as is the suffering of the loved ones of those who emerge brain-damaged or deceased from motorcycle accidents."
But that isn't the whole story. Statistics for other types of vehicle injury accidents in Missouri are quite alarming. According to MoDOT, there were a total of 66,601 on-road traffic accidents and 21,911 off-road vehicle accidents in 2007, for a total of 88,512. 88,000 accidents in one year is a sobering thought. Of those accidents, 35,796 involved a personal injury; and worse, in addition, there were 773 fatalities. Many of the injuries result in a permanent disability, and head injuries resulting in brain-damage are a significant part of these.
"Bear in mind also," says Sachs "for the most part, these could have been avoided by good choices and a mindful approach to circumstances and surroundings. That's a lot of deaths, a lot of loss, a lot of hurt and a lot of sorrow, much of it caused by simple negligence."
With the purpose in mind of reinforcing this message, Aaron Sachs and Associates is pleased to be the Host Sponsor of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri's Survivor and Family Seminar to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the Catherine McAuley Conference Center at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, 1234 E. Cherokee, Springfield, Missouri. The Seminar will begin at 8 am. Admission and lunch are complimentary; the event is open to all survivors of brain injury and any family members who might care to accompany them. Healthcare professionals from related clinical fields are also cordially invited to attend. For more information, interested parties are welcome to contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at (314) 426-4024.