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Truck accident fatalities in Texas

Residents in Texas know that they must share the roads and highways with a wide range of vehicle types as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. It is the responsibility of everyone to follow laws and make wise decisions to help keep themselves and others safe. For truckers, there is a set of rules to follow in addition to the traffic laws that govern all other people. These are set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and one of the rules focuses on trucker fatigue.

The Hours of Service rule provides parameters around when a truck driver may work and how many hours the trucker may drive each day and each working week. Break times and durations are also clearly specified in this rule. The objective is to reduce instances of fatigue to prevent accidents caused by tired truck drivers.

Stand up and fight back after a pedestrian accident

You've almost reached your destination by foot, and you couldn't feel better about it. The blood is coursing through your veins, and you feel alive. All of a sudden, though, a car strikes you from behind, and the next thing you know, you're lying on the ground.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries, if not death. Fortunately, if someone has injured you in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered in Texas.

How you can get your teen to be focused while driving

Like most kids in Texas, your teen cannot wait to get his or her driver’s license. While most are excited about the freedom and independence it may bring, they often do not thoroughly consider the great responsibility and potential liability, too. What is the best way to impress upon your child the importance of focused driving?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, the leading cause of death for teens in the United States is motor vehicle crashes. In fact, in 2016, each day six teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died in an automobile accident, and during that same period there were just short of 300,000 injuries attributable to the same. With such high rates of death and injury, it is imperative to help your teen prevent getting into car crashes.

Unfortunately, collisions can happen under a variety of scenarios

As you travel along Texas roads, you may give limited thought to how the actions of nearby drivers could affect your well-being. Unfortunately, a collision can occur without a moment's notice, and it could take little more than a moment of inattention on the part of another driver to place your health at risk.

As you likely place a high priority on your safety, you might be wondering about the steps you can take to reduce the odds of the unthinkable. As there are a multitude of scenarios in which an accident might occur, preparing for the unexpected might not always be such a simple task.

How Medicare can affect a wrongful death settlement

The surviving family members of wrongful death victims in Texas and the rest of the U.S. often find themselves up against the Medicare Secondary Payer law. Under this law, Medicare may recover payments made on behalf of a beneficiary in the case of medical malpractice. When patients die as a result of medical errors, some family members attempt to file the suit solely as wrongful death to prevent Medicare from reclaiming the expenses. However, this does not always prove successful.

According to HHS, in the 2000s, the Administrative Law Judge decided that Medicare had the right to reclaim $171,537.04 plus interest it made in conditional payments on behalf of a beneficiary. In the specific case in question, the beneficiary who received the conditional payments fell ill, but his doctor failed to diagnose him with prostate cancer in time to save his life. He subsequently died. The surviving spouse and next of kin filed an appeal, requesting a review for this decision in 2016.

You have just been in an accident: Now what?

A motorist has just struck your car, and suddenly, you feel as though you are living a nightmare. Not only is your car severely damaged, but you are also in pain. To make matters worse, you have just learned that the driver who hit you was trying to text and drive at the time of the accident.

Sometimes car accidents in Texas are the result of careless motorists. Fortunately, in this type of situation, you have the right to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Here are a few important steps to take following a car crash to protect your best interests.

Don't let a bike-car crash leave you spinning your wheels

As you make your way down the street on your bicycle, you take in the cool air and hear the wind whip across your face. It is the sound of freedom. However, all of a sudden, you find yourself on the ground, and you feel pain shoot through your body. A car has just struck you.

Sometimes bicycle-car accidents in Texas are the result of the carelessness of the driver of the car. Fortunately, in this situation, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your injuries in civil court.

What are the hazards of driving at night?

Cars are still abundant on Texas roadways, even after the sun sets for the day. You may be out finishing your errands, coming home from work or going to dinner with friends. While you may be familiar with navigating the roads at night, you may be unaware of the increased dangers that come with nighttime driving. In fact, you are three times more likely to lose your life in a car accident at night than you are during the day. It is important to understand the dangers of nighttime driving so you can minimize your risk of becoming involved in a deadly accident. 

The most common hazard associated with driving at night are low-light conditions. While the road may be lit with street lights and the headlights from other vehicles, a lack of natural light can cause a reduced ability to see clearly. People often experience reduced peripheral vision and depth perception at night, which can make it difficult to tell the speed and distance of oncoming cars when pulling out in traffic. This is especially true for older drivers, as their eyes require more light to process information and they may experience a reduced response time. 

Running through red lights is a serious public safety concern

Car accidents can happen for many reasons, and most of them are due to human error. People make mistakes behind the wheel every day, and sometimes, these can result in devastating or even fatal consequences. A recent study revealed that running through red lights is a serious safety concern and a growing problem. 

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more people are running through red lights, and this is leading to more car accidents. Unfortunately, it is often passengers and other innocent victims who suffer the consequences of this type of dangerous behavior. If you are the victim of an accident that took place at a San Antonio intersection, or you lost a loved one when someone plowed through a red light, you are not alone.

Commercial vehicle crashes are unfortunately far too common

It may come as no surprise that being involved in a collision can be a stressful and scary experience. While there are a variety of scenarios in which an accident could place your safety at risk, with the inherent increases in size and weight, few may be as dangerous as those involving a commercial vehicle.

While you may frequently encounter such vehicles as you travel along Texas roads, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to reduce the chances such a collision will take place. While practicing safe driving procedures can be helpful, in some cases, what happens next might be out of your control.

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