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Helping your teenage child to avoid car accidents

Teenage drivers have a higher risk of becoming involved in an accident for several reasons. First, their lack of experience can lead them to make mistakes when dealing with a complex or stressful situation. Second, teens are statistically more likely to engage in risky behavior than adults in general. Third, teens may be influenced by the actions of friends and could be more susceptible to peer pressure regarding things like drunk driving and speeding.

If you are a parent of a teenage driver, you must do your part in helping them to stay safe on the roads. The following are some things you can do to influence them for the better.

When are trucking accidents not the truck driver's fault?

When a collision occurs between a truck and a passenger car, it is likely to be a serious one. This is because the force of truck is much greater than a vehicle of a smaller size. Many people simply assume that the truck driver will be blamed for causing the accident since their vehicle has the highest capacity to cause damage. However, this is simply not the case.

Truck drivers are highly trained in maneuvering their vehicle, and the trucking industry is highly regulated. Therefore, when a truck crash occurs, it could be either party's fault. The following situations are examples of times when the truck driver would likely not be at fault for causing an accident.

The three key types of driving distractions

Everyone must pass a test to become a licensed driver, but the fact of the matter is not everyone is a great driver. And even great drivers make mistakes sometimes and get distracted. While more and more we are hearing about cell phones being the main cause of distracted driving, it was an issue long before our phones became like computers in our pockets.

Distracted driving comes in a multitude of forms, some more extreme than others, but all carrying a burden of risk. Studies have shown that distracted driving slows down reactions to important driving events (i.e. stopping at a stop light).

Checking your bicycle after a crash

If you are involved in a collision as a cyclist, you must seek medical attention afterward, even if you do not think that you have been injured. Even a slight bump to the head could cause a delayed-onset head injury. Therefore, you should not be complacent.

Before getting back onto your bike, it is important to fully check your bike for any nonobvious damage. This can ensure that you do not get onto a faulty bike, but it can also provide information about the cause and nature of the collision if you decide to make a personal injury claim for damages.

Don't listen to these motorcycle safety tips

Motorcycles are a great form of transport as well as being a passionate hobby for many. While riding a motorcycle is exhilarating and exciting, the dangers of the activity should never be underestimated. This is why it is important to always be learning more about motorcycle safety as a rider.

However, motorcycle safety tips should always be approached with caution and critical thought. Some common tips are complete myths that could do more harm than good. The following are some motorcycle safety myths that you should not listen to.

Understanding the meaning of recklessness in car accidents

Tragically, many people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents across the United States every year. While some instances of car wrecks were due to unforeseeable circumstances and could not have been prevented, others occur due to the sheer disregard some drivers show for the safety of others on the road.

Many different terms are used to establish fault in a car accident. These include intent, negligence, and recklessness. In this blog, we will discuss what recklessness means from a legal perspective when it is applied to car accidents.

What are the likely causes of truck accidents?

There are many regulations in place regarding the operating of trucks. This is because the vehicles can cause a huge amount of damage in the event of a collision. Both truck drivers and the drivers of ordinary vehicles have certain obligations to ensure road safety. While every collision involving a truck is unique, there are a few common causes of truck accidents that are usually a contributing factor in any truck collision.

If you have recently been involved in a collision involving a truck, it is important that you understand the common causes so you can start to build a picture of which party is likely to be at fault.

Austin scrambles to respond to electronic scooters

A lot has happened since late last year, when this blog last addressed the rapid rise of e-scooters in Austin.

The battery- powered vehicles, made available via mobile app-based services, have been getting the attention of politicians, lawmakers, researchers and attorneys across the nation, and nowhere more than in Austin.

Bike helmets can save your child's life here in Austin

A study published by Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy in 2018 shows that over 2.2 million kids ranging in age from 5 to 17 were seen in emergency rooms (ER) in the U.S. in between 2006 and 2015. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data shows that many of those kids were seen in the ER after getting hurt while out riding their bikes.

NEISS data show that the rates of bicycle-related crashes declined by as much as 30% during the 10 years between 2006 and 2015. Even still, those same statistics show that as many as 600 kids required medical attention each day during that decade-long period.

Deadly New Hampshire motorcycle crash has ties to Texas

Motorcyclists and veterans around the nation were grieving one of the deadliest motorcycle wrecks in recent history after a pickup truck crashed into a convoy of bikers in New Hampshire, killing seven and injuring others. The riders, men and women alike, were all members of a motorcycle club called the Marine Jarheads MC.

In the aftermath of the accident, it was discovered that the 23-year-old Massachusetts truck driver who plowed into the bikers after he crossed a double-yellow highway line in a rural area had a "long list of traffic infractions." In addition to a drunk driving charge in 2013 when he was still a teenager, he was arrested once in February in Texas after police found him in possession of a crack pipe. He later flipped his truck in Texas in June while allegedly attempting to swerve around another car.

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