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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.

Why are they blocking traffic?

When you are in a hurry to get somewhere, little is more of an inconvenience than another vehicle blocking your way. And if you aren’t careful, you may find yourself getting irritated without considering what happened or whether everyone’s alright.

In some instances, you might feel as though you should stop and offer to help. However, unless there is a place for you to pull over out of harm’s way, it might be better to get to a safe place where you can stop and call for help on their behalf. Despite the potential setback a stopped vehicle may cause you, there are many reasons why a driver might turn on their hazard lights.

Drivers, cyclists and the risk of the mild inconvenience

Drivers and cyclists have a complicated and difficult relationship. Often, the two groups really do not like each other all that much. The resentment that drivers feel for cyclists is often what leads to accidents, and it's safe to say that cyclists get hurt in these crashes far more often than drivers.

One big issue is that drivers often take offense to what is really no more than a mild inconvenience. For instance, one rider said that drivers would cut him off on his bike if it helped them get to their destination just a few seconds faster. They'd tailgate and honk their horns if he was riding slower than they wanted to drive, even if rushing ahead just meant waiting for longer at the next red light.

3 siblings and their friend die in a single accident

There has been some tragic news out of Texas lately, as three siblings all passed away in the same car accident, along with one of their friends. It appears that the group was all heading to a dance competition together when they got involved in the crash. Another sibling was a part of that competition, and they were simply going to watch.

Reports indicate that the three children were 17 years old, 15 years old and 12 years old. Their family friend was older than them, at 19 years old. All were traveling in the same car.

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.

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