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What are the most common types of car accidents?

The reasons for wanting to avoid a car accident are endless. Though you certainly do not carry out actions to purposefully put yourself at risk of being involved in a car accident, the actions of others could easily cause serious crashes. Unfortunately, you or any of your loved ones could suffer serious or fatal injuries in a vehicle collision.

If you want to do your best to avoid accidents and help any of your loved ones practice safe driving, you may want to understand the various types of car crashes. It may also prove important to remember that not every accident involves more than one vehicle.

Tips on Preventing Truck Driver Fatigue

If you’re a trucker in Texas, you should know that fatigued driving is extremely dangerous. However, it can be difficult for many truck drivers to prevent fatigue due to tight deadlines and long hours spent behind the wheel. Doing so is vital however, as it will preserve your safety as well as the safety of other motorists.

The Federal Motor Carrier Association offers some useful tips reducing the impact of driver fatigue for professional truck drivers. Of course, getting enough sleep before setting out on your journey is the best chance of feeling well-rested. In this case, it’s best to give yourself a little time after waking to be sure you’re feeling alert for you drive. You should also refrain from driving between 12 am and 6 am, as you’re bound to feel naturally drowsy during this time.

Do you want to help your teen avoid distractions while driving?

Your child has reached the age of driving. While you certainly knew this milestone was coming for some time, you may still have mixed feelings now that he or she has finally obtained a driver's license. Safety is undoubtedly a major concern for you, and though you did your best to ensure that your child remained safe while teaching him or her to drive, you may wonder whether those lessens took hold.

One of the best ways to help your teen driver remember important safety tips is by practicing what you preach. This means that if you have put rules in place in hopes of helping your child remain safer on the roadways, it may prove beneficial as a life lesson and in keeping yourself safe by adhering to those safety rules yourself.

Do bikers face a higher risk of involvement in car accidents?

Many bikers in Texas choose to ride motorcycles because they enjoy the freedom of the open road and the ease and lower cost of this mode of transportation. If you are a biker, you understand the importance of safety and how the actions of other drivers can be a direct threat to your well-being.

Other drivers have the responsibility to drive safely and cautiously around motorcycles. Because they do not have the protection of a vehicle and are largely exposed to the impact of a vehicle, bikers and passengers face a higher risk of injuries in the event of an accident. As a biker, you would be wise to know how to protect your interests and your rights in the event of an accident.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

For drivers regularly traveling San Antonio roads, steering clear of accidents is crucial. Unfortunately, many people these days operate their vehicles with numerous distractions, whether it’s having a conversation with a passenger or using a smartphone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates the many dangers of distracted driving and also offer insight on how these behaviors are being addressed by law enforcement. 

Driving distractions are about more than texting behind the wheel. There are actually three separate types of behaviors that can cause accidents. Taking your eyes off the road for any reason counts as a visual distraction, while a manual distraction entails taking your from the wheel. Cognitive distractions are those where your mind is not occupied with the task at hand (i.e. driving). In this case even something seemingly as innocent as daydreaming while driving can be dangerous, as you may not be able to respond in time to sudden road hazards.

Ins and outs of brain injuries caused by car wrecks

Your trip to work is the highest item on your priority list as you start your day. However, as you make your way down the highway, another motorist unexpectedly strikes your car and injures you. Suddenly, your motor vehicle collision steals the spotlight from the other activities you had planned for the day.

A particularly common and unfortunately devastating accident injury you may suffer in a car wreck is a traumatic brain injury. Here is a glimpse at these serious injuries and your rights if another motorist's negligence has caused you to suffer them in Texas.

Can you sue for wrongful death?

You never want to consider having to file a wrongful death lawsuit because doing so likely means that you have lost someone close to you in San Antonio. Yet if you have indeed reached that point, a number of questions are out needing answers. Do the circumstances of your loved one's death warrant such action? Is there any ongoing criminal investigation into the matter? How much are you entitled to ask for? All of these deal with important elements related to the case. Before proceeding any further in your thoughts, however, you should be contemplating one question above all else: Can you even sue for wrongful death

While it may be difficult to believe, there are some states to limit the right to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit to a decedent's personal representative. Texas' Civil Practice and Remedies Code does indeed empower you (if you are your loved one's personal representative) to initiate such action. However, in a departure from the practices of other states, Texas only allows a personal representative to sue after the surviving spouse, children and/or parents of a decedent have the chance to do so. 

Pedestrians have a high risk of injury

Maybe you are one of the many in Texas who own an activity tracking device. You wear it on your wrist and challenge yourself each day to meet your quota of steps. On the other hand, you may be someone who only walks when necessary. Whatever your level of activity, at some point during your week, you likely cross a street, a parking lot or another area where there is traffic.

A pedestrian is one of the most vulnerable people to be, especially with the kinds and numbers of distractions increasing so rapidly. Drivers are not always aware or alert to the presence of pedestrians, and this places you in a risky position when you must be out and about. You must take every precaution to keep yourself safe when you are walking.

Wrong-way driver in Duncanville kills woman

It may be easy for many in San Antonio to assume car accidents to merely be the result of careless driving on the part of all involved. This could lead to the false sense of security that one need not worry about the potential of ever being involved in an accident themselves. Unfortunately, the truth is that no one can control the actions of another, and that even the most alert and defensive driver could find him or herself at the mercy of another's negligence or recklessness. 

This fact was on full display in a car accident that recently occurred near Duncanville. To the surprise and shock of many motorists, an SUV entered the freeway from the wrong direction and soon began speeding head-on into oncoming traffic. Many oncoming motorists were able to avoid the vehicle, yet sadly it did eventually collide with a car carrying a young mother. Other's quickly attempted to come to her aid yet were unable to pull her from her mangled vehicle. She was killed in the collision. 

What you do after an accident is important

If you suffered injuries in an accident in Texas, you know first-hand how overwhelming it is to deal with the aftermath. From the medical bills to the physical injuries you have, you may feel unsure of what to do next and how you can protect your interests. 

Your actions in the moments, days and even weeks following an accident matter. In fact, your actions can have a direct impact on the success of any potential injury claim you may file in the future. One of the things you can do to protect yourself and ensure you have a better chance of securing the compensation you need is to know what to do following an accident.

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