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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.

Is orange the best color to wear when biking?

One of the best ways to stay safe on your bike is to wear a bright color that stands out against the black and gray of the road. Maybe bikes and helmets are black, so you can really blend in if you choose the wrong apparel.

When looking for the brightest options, many people settle on orange. There's a reason that orange is often worn during hunting season in Texas, after all. It's a very noticeable color that stands out in most light conditions.

Why a motorcycle 'comes out of nowhere'

One of the most common things that drivers say after they hit a motorcycle is that the bike "came out of nowhere." They then assume that the rider must have broken the speed limit and caused the accident. They can't understand how anything but speeding would have made them miss the bike.

The reality, though, is that the size difference plays a big role. Drivers are used to looking for other cars. A motorcycle may be 10% of the size of a truck. As such, the bike looks farther away than it actually is. It covers the distance faster than the driver expects not because the biker is speeding, but because the driver is simply wrong about how much distance there is.

Drive safely around bikes

Biking is seeing a renaissance: It’s healthy, ecofriendly and a fun way to get around. With Austin ranked by Bicycling.com as one of the “Best Bike Cities in America,” it’s no surprise we’re seeing more bicycles on the road than ever before. With the increase in bike traffic, it’s important that we as motorists remember to share the road safely.

Though you may feel confident driving around bicycles, it’s good to keep the following tips in mind to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Why do we forget traumatic events?

You get into a car accident, but you have no idea what happened. You only know you were in a car accident because they tell you about it at the hospital. Your family members even come in and show you pictures of your car, which was completely destroyed in the wreck. They tell you that you're lucky to be alive.

But why can't you remember it? You do remember getting into the car and backing out of your driveway, but there's nothing after that. What happened?

Man hits and kills teen sisters, then runs from the scene

A man in Texas allegedly hit and killed two teen girls, who were sisters, and then apparently tried to flee from the scene.

The accident happened on Saturday, April 27, at about 9:20 p.m. The girls were riding with three others in a Honda sedan. When they reached the intersection where the access road for northbound I-35 meets Windy Hill Road, a man in a Dodge pickup truck hit their car.

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