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What are the common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents?

Motorcyclists are particularly at risk on the road because there is no physical barrier of protection in the event of a collision. While many things can be done to prevent serious injury, such as driving responsibly and wearing appropriate motorcycle gear, accidents can happen to anyone.

If you are a motorcyclist, it is always a good idea to read more into the hazards associated with the activity. You should also invest time into understanding how the law works so that you know your rights in the event of an accident. The following are some of the most common injuries experienced in motorcycle accidents.

Car accidents can damage your mental health

So many people place a heavy importance on physical damages that victims suffer after an accident. While, of course, physical recovery after a car accident is vital, it is also important to acknowledge the mental recovery too.

Perhaps you were in a car accident and suffered only minor physical injuries such as whiplash or some cuts and bruises. While this might be considered as a very minor accident when you try to make a compensation claim, the way you were affected mentally could have been much more pervasive to your daily life.

When is a cyclist at fault for an accident?

If you are a cyclist, you will know of the dangers that cars present on the road. Even when you are cycling safely and wearing a helmet, sharp turns and low visibility can lead to disastrous consequences.

If you have been involved in a collision with a car and have suffered an injury as a result, it is likely that you have been replaying the incident over in your mind. Even if you know that there was nothing you could have done to prevent the collision, at the back of your mind, you may still be wondering whether the incident was your fault.

Safety strategies that all commercial drivers should employ

If you are a commercial driver of a large truck, any mistake that you make has the capacity to have a more devastating effect than a driver of a passenger vehicle can inflict. This is why you are held to a higher standard when it comes to having alcohol or drugs in your system when driving.

If you want to do what you can to improve your safety as a commercial truck driver to avoid being blamed for an accident, the following key safety tips can make a marked difference.

Texas leads the nation for drowsy drivers

You can blame the heat, the long desolate roads or even the need to work longer hours, but Texans are a tired bunch. There is nothing wrong with being a little tired, but when you decide to drive while being extremely drowsy, the results could be deadly.

In an unfortunate statistic that has Texas at the top of the list, drivers in the Lone Star state have the highest instances of driving drowsy than any other state. This form of dangerous driving accounted for over 6,000 crashes in 2016 that resulted in 159 fatalities. The state that came in second was Alabama which had only 43 fatalities attributed to drowsy driving.

Understanding vehicular homicide in Texas

Losing a loved one due to a car accident is something that no-one should ever have to go through. Knowing that the irresponsible actions of another person could have caused the death of your loved one can feel like too much to bear.

It is important that you take the time to grieve your loved one before taking legal action to get justice. However, if you feel that you are in a place where you would like to honor your loved one by making sure that justice is done, you may want to start understanding how the law works in Texas.

Proving driver negligence after a motorcycle accident

If you have been involved in an accident when riding a motorcycle in the state of Texas, you may be worried about paying for the injuries you have experienced as a result. If you also have reason to believe that the other vehicle involved in the collision acted in a dangerous manner, it is likely that you will want to take action in order to hold them responsible.

In order to get the result that you deserve in the state of Texas, it is important that you understand the way that the law works and how compensation levels are determined.

Drowsy driving: how dangerous is it?

It is likely that you have been in a situation where you exhibited symptoms of drowsiness while driving. Your eyelids start to droop, your thoughts become less coherent, you find that you need to slam on the brakes in order to stop for a red light or the car in front of you. Drowsy driving is not uncommon, but studies have proven it dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 25 individuals have fallen asleep at the wheel and drowsy driving has caused 72,000 crashes in recent years. Why is drowsy driving so dangerous and how can you prevent it from happening to you while behind the wheel?

A driver's liability in a bicycle accident

If you are a driver in the state of Texas and you have been involved in an incident involving a cyclist, it is likely that some injury has resulted from the incident. You may be worried that you will be found to be responsible for the injuries, and even that you may be subject to legal action.

It is important that you conduct thorough research after you have been involved in any accident. The laws regarding liability are very important to acknowledge, especially when a cyclist was involved.

Texas town loses mayor to accident with a truck

There would not be much trade between states or food on the shelves of supermarkets without trucks, vans and commercial vehicles. Even in a state with as many transport options as Texas, truckers take the lion's share of goods to market. However, the size and weight of trucks can make them deadly when they are out of control.

It was a light truck that caused two deaths and threw a Taylor County town into mourning recently when the pickup drifted out of control and into opposing traffic while headed northbound on U.S. Route 83. The truck hit another pickup and a black sport utility vehicle carrying the mayor of the town as well as his wife.

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