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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.

Serious, sometimes disabling e-scooter accidents on the rise

Ever since tech companies began placing electronic scooters in Austin and cities across the U.S., injuries have been much more prevalent and serious than many people realize. Trauma centers are reporting daily accidents -- nationwide there could be as many as 1,000 injuries per day. Two people are known to have died in e-scooter crashes; others have suffered life-threatening and permanently disabling injuries.

"This is disruptive technology," an Austin ER director told CNET. "But this time the disruption is disrupting forearms, elbows and heads."

What does Texas's distracted driving law cover?

Most of us are aware of the dangers distracted driving causes on the road. It is estimated that one in five accidents are caused by distractions.

However, what the law specifies as "distracted driving" varies state to state, and in Texas it even varies city to city.

Texas’ continuing deadly streak

A sad reality of motor vehicle accidents is that they sometimes result in deaths. Unfortunately, it has been a long time since Texas has had a day that didn’t see any such tragedies out on the roads. In fact, you have to go all the way back to early November 2000 to find a day without any fatal crashes in the state.

So, this November marks the 18th straight year that there has been at least one traffic fatality a day out on Texas’ roads. Why do you think Texas’ traffic fatality streak has continued for so long?

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