During the summer, Oregon roadways are busier than ever. Big trucks line the highways, delivering goods from around the world. Families take to the roads, heading to summer vacations on the shore or at the lake. Motorcycles come out of seasonal storage, and riders take advantage of the beautiful weather. At Swanson Lathen Prestwich, we often assist clients injured in a crash by helping them file traumatic brain injury claims.

According to Shepherd Center, you can reduce the risk of TBI by taking the following precautions:

  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These substances, including prescription medications, can slow your response time, impairing your ability to make good decisions, and act quickly.
  • Wear your seatbelt. These safety devices help you and your passengers stay in the seats in the event of a crash. Buckle small children into safety seats or booster seats if they are too small or light for a standard seatbelt.
  • Invest in a protective helmet. Whether you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, a helmet can protect against severe brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Stow the cell phone while driving. Driver distraction is a leading cause of roadway collisions. Individuals who talk or text while driving are four times more likely to become involved in a crash.

Focusing on your surroundings when behind the wheel helps you spot erratic driving by others and take evasive action. By removing yourself from dangerous circumstances, you can reduce the chance of being in a collision. If you sustain injuries as the result of driver negligence or faulty equipment, you may have grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.