The Matt Hughes Case: Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injuries Often Change Far More than Noticed

Former MMA champ Matt Hughes’ life changed forever in 2017. A severe crash between his truck and a train resulted in changes that he could have never anticipated.

Many of the aspects of the crash are well known. One way or another, Hughes’ truck collided with the Norfolk Southern train. Hughes claimed that he was driving properly and that the railway company did not properly warn drivers of the crossing. NS claims that Hughes was on his ell phone and did not stop at the crossing. Regardless of the exact circumstances, the effects were clear: Hughes was severely injured in the crash.

The Risks of TBIs

Hughes’ physical injuries are extreme. Watch an interview with him and it’s clear that he is a changed man. However, the worst damage was done to his brain. Hughes and his attorneys allege that he suffered severe brain damage due to the event.

A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, affects different people in different ways. Often, the results are permanent. Such an injury often reduces the patients’ prior abilities. This often includes the ability to reason, hold relationships, and make them prone to depression, suicide, or even violence. Such injuries are especially common among players of contact sports, like football.

To be sure, Hughes’ behavior has changed. We can see this in the recent allegations of physical abuse. Hughes denied that he ever laid a hand on his wife. However, as TMZ reported, Hughes stated that he has changed significantly due to the crash two years ago.

In fact, Hughes believes that many of his troubles, including this suit are due to his brain damage. He said that “I understand that it is not fun to teach a grown man to learn to do everything all over again. I understand that I am a burden to those around me. I understand that I am an inconvenience to my family.”

The Dangers to Passenger Cars From Tractor Trailers

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Watch out! Any accident on the road can be a severe one. Ones that involve the large vehicles discussed here can become deadly quickly. With thousands of semis traveling across California daily, accidents are inevitable. Often, truck drivers are well trained but demanded upon.

They get asked to make impossible deadlines, often while tired. And sometimes that leads to severe accidents. But there are other cases where the truck mechanics do a bad job. Also, sometimes the trucks are not well maintained or manufactured. In other words, trucks can be a catastrophic accident waiting to happen.

What are the Immediate Effects of a Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident with a Smaller Car?

Regardless of the type of accident the tractor-trailer has caused, there are many immediate effects. Severe injury or death is a likely result for anyone unfortunate enough to be in a struck car. Victims often suffer permanent injuries, including paralysis, brain damage, and amputations. The death of a loved one could cause severe stress for family members that shatters a lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone. When facing the aftermath of such a horrible accident, there are many factors to consider. These include actions taken by the other driver and the truck company in keeping the roadways safe. Similarly, did the state or local agency not correctly maintain the roads or streets, allowing for such an accident to occur in the first place.

Do 18 Wheelers Take Longer to Stop?

Yes, they take longer to stop than passenger cars. Eighteen wheeler accidents also include factors not typically seen in smaller vehicle accidents. For example, this consists of the freighted material, much longer stopping distance, and sheer weight and size of the vehicle and trailer. But all of these factors can make a scary combination.

  • Why Is It So Important to Have the Help of a Lawyer for a Tractor Trailer Crash?

When faced with the medical or funeral expenses after such an accident, it is vital to have a specially trained attorney could assist in rebuilding your life. The medical bills and the need for treatment may grow. And the insurance companies may try to get out of paying for your needs. But you might need to negotiate with worker’s comp or get onto disability.

You may need to recover back pay, and a means to sustain your family. You may have gruesome scarring that makes it difficult to travel outside and the effects of long-term pain. The attorneys can solve any of these and more at Ehline Law.

They’ll travel anywhere in Southern California, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And they do so to take care of accident victims. In addition, they will make sure that clients can land on their feet. So call one of our expert lawyers today. After that, get more information or to sit down for a free consultation.


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