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Funeral expenses can add stress after a sudden loss

Finding out that your loved one died in a tragic accident is a shock from which you'll likely never recover. But, soon you will have a new issue to confront — their final expenses. You must ensure that they have a proper funeral and burial or cremation. Unfortunately, both can be fairly expensive and you don't have much time to come up with the money.

On average, you can expect to pay from $7,000 to $12,000 for a funeral. Cremation can lower the costs a bit, and on average, runs about $6,000 or $7,000. There are many variations that can increase or decrease the bottom line.

Safe riding procedures and the hazards a cyclist may face

There could be a variety of possible benefits to choosing a bicycle as a primary means of transportation. If you choose to travel Texas roads via bicycle, it is possible that you may consider the health benefits involved and the bonuses of skipping out of fuel costs and vehicle maintenance expenses invaluable.

However, there is another side to this coin as there may also be a variety of potential risks involved with riding a bicycle near traffic. With less in the way of protective barriers to shield you from harm as a cyclist, knowing the hazards you may encounter could play an integral role in staying safe.

You can fight back following an injury truck accident

You wait at a red light, eager to step on the gas and finish your commute to work. However, all of a sudden, a semi-truck runs in the back of your car. Now, you have damage to your car and painful injuries.

Unfortunately, sometimes, truck drivers cause injury accidents in Texas due to their negligence behind the wheel. The good news? It is within your rights to seek justice through the civil court system. Here is a look at how to navigate a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless truck driver.

Shopping injuries must be taken seriously

People who visit businesses have the expectation that the company will keep things reasonably safe for them. When you go shopping, you probably don't think that you're going to suffer any injuries. Unfortunately, negligence at stores can lead to shoppers being involved in accidents that cause injuries.

Businesses must start their safety plan in the parking lot. There shouldn't be any obvious trip hazards that could cause someone walking to the store to fall. There should also be adequate lighting so that the shoppers are safer when it's dark.

Pedestrian safety starts with how you prepare for the journey

It is no secret that being involved in a major collision can be a stressful and scary experience. Since the fallout of a crash could have a significant impact on your well-being, you may feel it vital to take every possible measure to avoid such an incident, but you can only control so much of what happens on Texas roads.

If you enjoy doing most of your traveling via the sidewalk, the chances you would be able to react quickly enough to move out of the path of a swift-moving vehicle may be slim to none. As such, finding ways to spot a potential hazard in time to avoid it could be vital to staying safe.

Ride-hailing crashes come with questions of liability

Ride-hailing companies provide a valuable service for people who might not be able to drive or who don't want to drive around town. While this might sound like a win-win situation for everyone involved, there is a big downside to these services. There isn't a clear path of liability when an accident occurs and a rider suffers an injury.

The issue that's present in these cases comes down largely to the status of the driver. Uber and Lyft drivers are typically classified as independent contractors, not employees. This distinction, as well as the fact that this service is newer and the legal precedent hasn't been set for these cases yet, make it challenging to insist on liability for specific defendants.

Facts about the dangers of drowsy driving

Most people know that speeding or driving while intoxicated are high-risk driving behaviors. Engaging in something like that may considerably raise your risk of getting into a car crash. That's why there are laws to discourage drivers from doing these kinds of things.

However, there is another kind of dangerous driving behavior to which Texas law does not apply. Drowsy driving is an extremely risky activity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that around 6,000 fatal car accidents are due to drowsy driving. Though the numbers may seem intimidating, knowing the facts about drowsy driving may help you protect your loved ones.

Post-collision symptoms that suggest brain injury

If you were recently involved in a Texas collision, you may still be struggling to recover. You hopefully received medical attention in the immediate aftermath of the crash, even if you did not have apparent injuries. One of the biggest concerns for collision victims is possible brain injury. This occurs if you jarred your head or bumped it up against a window, steering wheel or dashboard upon impact.

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury do not always surface right away. This is one of many reasons it's important to closely monitor your condition in the hours and days that follow a motor vehicle collision. If, at any time, you don't feel well, it is perfectly acceptable and recommended that you report your symptoms to a licensed physician.

Many causes may lead to nighttime semitruck wrecks

Truckers are professional drivers who can usually operate their rigs safely. They drive many hours per day and can cover many miles. Some truckers might have a preference for driving at night. While this is a time when they will likely encounter fewer vehicles, it is also a time that requires them to be extra vigilant.

One of the primary issues that truckers have to deal with when they're driving at night is fatigue. The body naturally wants to sleep at night, which can make this a challenging time to operate a vehicle. To combat this, they must ensure that they are adequately rested before they start their haul.

Third-party claims are possible for defective tool injuries

Any worker who is using power tools needs to ensure that they understand the proper way to use those tools. This can help to increase their safety, but it doesn't completely eliminate the risks of the equipment.

There is always a chance that a critical safety component could fail due to a defect. This can lead to a serious injury that requires you to seek emergency medical care.

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