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Big trucks and commercial vehicles play an important role in the system of supplying retailers with goods throughout Texas and the rest of the country. Semis, big rigs and other large vehicles have massive storage capacities and can haul items over long distances and to locations in the remote parts of the nation. It is possible that the very device or computer that a reader is using to view this post was at one time hauled on a large truck.

Despite their utility, though, big trucks can be dangerous. For motorists, it can be hard to see around them and they can be difficult to maneuver near when truck drivers fail to stay in their own lanes or to abide by posted speed limits. Truck drivers can make dangerous decisions when in their rigs when they speed, fail to follow hours of service rules and allow distractions to influence their driving behaviors.

Motorcycles can be difficult for negligent drivers to see

A collision between a vehicle and a motorcycle can be a serious personal injury incident, usually for the rider of the motorcycle. This is because motorcycles are not designed with structural protections around their riders; unlike cars and other personal vehicles that may have roll bars, airbags and seatbelts, motorcycles do not have many built-in safety features to keep their riders from suffering harm in crashes.

When a motorcycle accident happens on a Texas road it is usually because of negligence. Motorcyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road and abide by traffic laws, but even when they do they are often the victims of collisions due to mistakes made by other drivers. One of the most common ways that crashes occur between cars and motorcycles is through the failure of drivers to look for motorcycles on the roads.

Things to remember dealing with insurance after an accident

After an auto accident, there are a number of things that one must do. One of the most important things to consider is an insurance claim. Along with a personal injury claim, an insurance claim can provide the necessary funds to compensate for certain losses.

One of the most detrimental things to an insurance claim is a lack of knowledge. When dealing with insurance providers after an accident, there are a few important things to remember.

What should I do after a slip-and-fall accident?

The legal course of action that may be most appropriate for a Texas resident to take after a slip-and-fall incident will depend on a number of factors. As such, it is important that readers facing this question seek independent legal advice for their unique situations. This post is offered as information only and is an overview of possible steps that victims may take after sustaining injuries in slip-and-fall accidents.

After a slip-and-fall incident a victim should always seek medical attention for their accident-related ailments. It is important that they have their medical issues treated so that they do not get worse, but seeing a doctor also creates a record of injury for a patient when it comes to demonstrating the harm they suffered and the costs they were forced to incur when another party's negligence caused them to fall.

Negligence is often the basis of pedestrian accident legal claims

Accidents between pedestrians and vehicles happen for a number of different reasons. They can occur when Texas drivers fail to follow the rules of the road and hit pedestrians in crosswalks. They occur when drivers are operating too fast to stop before causing serious collisions with individuals on foot. They can happen when drivers allow distractions to take their attention away from the road and put others in danger due to the drivers' diverted focus.

What is common to these and many other causes of auto-pedestrian accidents is the presence of negligence in the actions of drivers. Negligence occurs when a person fails to act in accordance with the care expected of a reasonable person; as an example, a driver who chooses to look at their cellphone instead of traffic signs is negligent in the operation of their vehicle since a reasonable person would not engage in such a dangerous practice.

The worst auto accidents are caused by things we do every day

Driving is nothing short of a necessity in modern society. As writer E. B. White said, "Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."

Every time you get behind the wheel of an automobile, you're putting yourself at some level of risk. We don't often think about these risks, but it's a fact that in 2015 the number of deaths in auto accidents spiked 8 percent, the largest increase in 50 years. It doesn't have to be this way, though.

Houston roads: A particularly deadly place?

Many individuals here in the Houston area spend a fair amount of their day out on the roads. So, one would hope these roads would be safe. The reality, unfortunately, may be closer to the opposite. A recent analysis by the Houston Chronicle points to Houston being one of the most dangerous places in the country when it comes to the roads.

The analysis compared the United States’ 12 largest metro areas, including Houston, when it comes to traffic fatalities. For the purpose of the analysis, the Houston metro area consists of nine counties: Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Chambers, Brazoria and Austin.

3 reasons to see a doctor immediately after a car crash

In the aftermath of a car accident, you might be understandably overwhelmed by the process of recovering and returning your life to normalcy. If the accident did not cause an obviously severe injury, the necessity of medical treatment might not be apparent, but there are many reasons why it is important to see a doctor after a collision—regardless of the severity of the accident.

Below are three of the most important reasons to schedule a doctor's appointment, visit the emergency room or go to urgent care. Your health and well-being should be your foremost concern following the trauma of an accident, and seeking medical treatment is the most important part of this. 

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