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Truck accidents: Dangers, causes and your rights as a victim

An accident involving a tractor-trailer is typically far more catastrophic than accidents involving passenger cars and trucks. Part of the reason for this is that commercial trucks that are fully loaded may be 25 times the weight of an average car.

Due to the weight and sheer size of tractor-trailers, many tractor-trailer accidents involving other automobiles in Texas lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. Fortunately, if you have suffered a major injury due to a careless truck driver -- for instance, the driver was speeding or driving while distracted -- you have the right to seek justice.

Improving texas safety efforts for pedestrians

With significant city growth comes a plethora of opportunities, not to mention the pride of watching one's surroundings thrive as a community. In addition to hot spots such as Denver and Nashville, areas in Texas are also on the up-and-up. San Antonio has long been known for its popular urban attractions blended with a rich history. But as with many major cities, traffic safety has become a growing concern alongside these attractions.

Each year, the League of American Bicyclists releases a report card for each state on bicycle safety. In 2015, Texas ranked number 25 on the list, receiving high scores on areas in Evaluation and Planning, as well as Education and Encouragement. However, the report shows that the state could improve in its overall accident prevention methods. While federal funding on bicycling and walking is somewhat lacking in the state, the League offers some praise for Texas by acknowledging TxDOT's plans to make bicycling safer. In the fiscal years 2017 to 2019, TxDOT noted plans to add $70 million in funds toward pedestrian planning and investments. Texas may not rank highly on the League's safety list, but appears to show awareness of pedestrian safety with plans to improve. 

Black Friday fender benders? The dangers of Thanksgiving travel

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you're probably already thinking about sitting down to carve a turkey with your family and friends. For many, getting to those family and friends involves travel. In fact, Thanksgiving is one of the holidays with the highest amount of traffic and travel, as families prepare to gather in celebration of gratitude and togetherness.

Along with the day itself, this holiday comes with a host of other activities, like the notorious yearly shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday. These days before and after the holiday also involve heavy amounts of driving and travel. All these factors combine to make the week surrounding Thanksgiving an especially risky one when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. So exactly how dangerous is your holiday travel likely to be this year, and is there anything you can do to keep yourself and your family safe?

Don't go to sleep on safe driving: The danger of drowsy drivers

When you think of the specific threats that compromise the safety and well-being of Texas drivers, distracted driving and drunk driving probably come to mind. While these two negligent behaviors are incredibly dangerous, there is growing evidence that drowsy driving could also be one the leading risks to motorist safety.

Everyone who is old enough to drive has probably gotten behind the wheel while sleepy. It's normal to feel tired at the end of the long work day or while driving to work first thing in the morning, but there is a significant difference between being a little tired and being drowsy to the point that you are unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.

What is the attractive nuisance doctrine?

Just because the weather is getting colder does not mean that your kids will still not want to go play outside. You likely do not want to keep them cooped up in the house, either. San Antonio's many neighborhoods offer plenty of outdoor activities for kids to enjoy. Unfortunately, there are also certain features and conditions that present dangers that little children in particular might not fully comprehend. As a parent, you hope that the adults who own or oversee such hazards do all that they can to protect children from them. If one does not, can he or she be held liable? 

According to information shared by the Cornell University Law School, a legal principle known as "the attractive nuisance doctrine" assigns liability to property owners for injuries that occur to young children caused by enticing yet dangerous conditions or attractions on their properties. As kids often cannot appreciate the risks that such features present, property owners essentially must do if for them. The attractive nuisance doctrine may even be applied to cases where your children were on a property without permission. The only exception would be is if the property owner had taken action to protect your kids from it (e.g., erecting a fence, dismantling dangerous equipment). 

Sorting through the physical and emotional debris of a car crash

You probably remember the sounds of metal crashing, glass breaking and other noises associated with your car accident. Perhaps you can still picture the wreckage and debris strewn across a Texas roadway. Of course, if your injuries rendered you unconscious at the time, you may have absolutely no recollection at all of the events leading up to or following your collision. Either way, the recovery process can be long and arduous; a key to success often lies in the type of support available to you.

If you're the type of person who likes to be proactive, you may want to consider several ideas known to help accident victims obtain maximum recoveries. In addition to the physical healing you no doubt hope to achieve, the legal aspects of your situation may also concern you. Familiarizing yourself with personal injury law ahead of time may come in handy if you choose to pursue justice in court.

Detailing the duty to protect employees from falls

For relatively healthy, able-bodied people in San Antonio, workplace falls may not seem to present that much of a risk. They may think that only very young children or the elderly can be subject to harm from a fall. Their confidence likely comes from not only believing that they are firmly in control of their motor skills, but also that they understand their working environments. Such people might be surprised to learn how big of a problem falls present to the American workforce. 

The professional safety journal EHS Today shows that both employers and employees alike should be concerned over the risks they face from falls. Its information shows that approximately $70 billion is spent annually to cover medical costs and workers' compensation claims related to falls. It also shows falls to be the second-highest cause of employment-related deaths behind transportation accidents. These numbers include ground-level falls, falls from height and accidents caused by falling objects. 

Accident takes life of UPS driver at facility in San Antonio

A collision with a speeding 18-wheeler can have devastating consequences. Given that tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the impact of a large truck can be like that of a missile, and people in smaller vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries in truck accidents.

Large commercial trucks don't have to be speeding, though, to threaten life and limb.

Is your car the real distraction?

You may have seen movies set in the future where a character climbs into a vehicle that carries him or her to a destination without the person having to control the speed of the vehicle or clutch a steering wheel. In these cases, the passenger is free to drink champagne, listen to music or carry on dramatic conversations with others who may not even be in the vehicle.

This scenario may not be far off, but for now, you must still keep your attention on the road and remain in control of your vehicle or risk causing a tragic accident. To prevent this, Texas and other states pass laws limiting distractions for drivers, such as talking on cell phones, texting and, in some cases, simply holding a mobile device. However, AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety recently studied the 30 new models of cars and found that the real distraction may not be your mobile device.

Understanding personal injury claims after a car accident

It isn't always easy to know what to do after a car accident. In the immediate aftermath, most people handle safety and medical concerns first. There are also steps you can take to ensure that you receive fair compensation for injuries.

When making a car accident claim, it's important to understand a variety insurance issues, as well as evidentiary issues.

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