Sharing the road with 18-wheelers makes many Texas drivers nervous, and you may count yourself as one of those people. Their size and weight makes them intimidating, and many passenger-vehicle drivers do what they can to avoid being around them. Those healthy fears are often justified since accidents involving these mammoth vehicles tend to result in serious or deadly injuries to other drivers.
You may be among the multitude of parents here in Texas who both fear and await your teenager being able to drive. On the one hand, it remains a rite of passage of sorts. On the other hand, when your teen starts to drive, it puts him or her in danger and makes your child a potential danger.
Laws are often slow to catch up with new technology, and the recent ridesharing craze is no exception. Uber and Lyft have battled with competition laws, employment laws and insurance laws. Fortunately for you, the insurance laws related to ridesharing seem to benefit riders.
More than likely, the last thing you expected when you left home to start your day was that it would end with a visit to the hospital. You may not have even been able to foresee the accident that caused your injuries, and even if you did, you didn't have time to avoid the collision. Just as other drivers are unpredictable, so are the results of your injuries.
Let's be realistic. Driving all day gets boring. Truck drivers may begin to search for distractions to keep their minds occupied and their eyes open. Unfortunately, distractions increase the probability of an accident.
You did everything right. You paid attention to the traffic laws, the other vehicles around you and diligently kept your eyes, hand and mind on the task at hand -- driving. Yet, another motorist failed to give you the same courtesy, and you ended up in an accident.
One study estimates that somewhere around 28 percent of the truckers you share the road with suffer from some level of sleep apnea. This life-threatening and serious condition causes sufferers to stop breathing during their sleep for a minimum of 10 seconds. Some people experience this hundreds of times each night.
How many times have you been to the grocery store, your local mall or some other establishment with a public parking lot? You've probably been to numerous parking lots too many times to count and probably didn't think there was any danger. After all, what could happen? You might end up in a minor fender bender, but that's it. Right?
Let's face it, many Texas motorists find it at least a little uncomfortable to share the roadways with 18-wheelers. Where most passenger vehicles weigh in at around 4,000 pounds, big rigs come in somewhere around 80,000 pounds. That's a lot of weight and size coming up behind you, beside you or toward you as you drive.
Lyft is just one of the ride-sharing services whose popularity has skyrocketed recently. At any given time, you could be sharing the road with one of the company's drivers. You may even use this service after a night on the town, when your car is in the shop or when you go to the airport.