The instant a brain injury occurs, one life ends and another begins. When a tractor-trailer struck “Tom,” his brain injury ended the life he knew. At work, at home, and as a dedicated volunteer firefighter, Tom’s life was changed forever. In Tom’s new life, he struggled to think, work, and interrelate. These difficulties resulted from damage to his frontal lobe. The devastation of this loss of identity is a common story.

In crashes involving a car and a large truck (10,000 pounds or more), the odds are stacked against the car from the get-go. First, there is the vast size differential: large trucks are, on average, 20-30 times heavier than cars, and often much taller. The braking ability of these trucks also poses a problem to cars. After applying the brakes, trucks typically travel 20-40 percent farther than cars before reaching a stop.

In addition to the hazardous physical and mechanical characteristics of large trucks, there is also the issue of driver performance. Driver performance suffers when drivers work extended shifts or operate their vehicles without adequate rest. Currently, drivers nationwide are allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours at a time, and no more than 77 hours a week. However, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), these regulations are often violated, and, as a result, drivers are operating large, dangerous trucks while fatigued. Research suggests that drivers are twice as likely to crash after only 8 hours behind the wheel, three hours less than the legal limit.

The IIHS also states that in the event of a fatal crash involving a large truck and a car, there is a 98 percent chance that a fatality will be suffered by the driver of the car. In the battle of car vs. truck, car always loses.

If you have been involved in a bike or automobile accident, and you suspect that a traumatic brain injury may have occurred, then you should do the following:

1. Watch for Symptoms: CDC – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
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Richard Sere | Virginia Brain Injury LawyerRichard Serpe, a top Virginia brain injury lawyer has established an extraordinary reputation for securing strong settlements for Virginia brain injury victims. On a case by case basis, Richard Serpe confers with America’s most distinguished experts in brain function and physiology, to help create a case structure that brings each victim’s unique experience into sharp focus. Using years of hard-won experience and superior command of the law, he has brought justice and fair treatment to those whose lives have been altered by a brain injury. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of a brain injury, you can be sure that your case will be handled with the respect, dedication and urgency that it deserves.  Email Richard Serpe