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Which vehicles are the safest?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently listed the safest vehicles on the market. IIHS releases a similar list each year, but this year’s list is a little different.

IIHS has always used scores from a variety of safety tests to determine their top-ranked vehicles. However, this year’s list puts a special emphasis on pedestrian and passenger safety.

2 out of every 5 fatalities on Austin roads were on foot in 2019

Austin saw an increase in 2019 in the number of traffic deaths. This increase is the first since 2015 when 102 people lost their lives on Austin city roads. Last year, the total was 88.

Authorities are concerned about the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities, which rose from 31 to 36 in 2019. Almost half were killed on service roads or highways. Another cause of these deaths was when pedestrians entered an area that didn't have a crosswalk.

3 generations killed in fiery car crash

A tragic car accident in Texas recently took the lives of people from three different generations of the same family: A baby, the child's mother and grandmother.

The accident happened on Wednesday, February 5. Reports claim that the man who caused it was arrested on DWI charges a few months before the wreck. He is now facing intoxication manslaughter charges after this latest accident.

The most common types of damages after a truck accident

Car accidents can commonly be minor, but when a truck is involved in a collision, serious damages occur. If you were in a car when you were involved in a truck accident, you and other passengers likely suffered significant injuries. This is why it is especially important to take swift action to make a claim when you have become injured in a truck accident.

Truck accidents can also be more complex because you will probably be making a claim against a trucking company. This can mean that they are willing to defend themselves more aggressively than a private person, but it could also lead to you gaining significant damages if you are successful. The following are some of the most common types of damages that can be claimed after a car accident.

Driving slower at night

Do you often feel a bit on edge when you drive at night? It's very common for new drivers, but it can carry over to those with all levels of experience. It makes you feel a bit nervous and apprehensive.

The reason is that your visibility gets reduced. Even with headlights and streetlights, it just gets harder to see. Is that a pedestrian on the side of the road or is it a mailbox? Is that another car turning out of a driveway, or is the car just parked facing the street? You cannot take in and process all of the information around you as quickly as you can during the day, and that's why you feel a bit skittish to drive after dark.

Do you know how to prevent dooring accidents?

Dooring accidents are one of the most common types of bicycle collisions. A dooring accident usually involves a driver or passenger of a motor vehicle opening the car door without looking behind the vehicle. A bicyclist who is approaching the vehicle may not have time to stop and ends up colliding with the car door.

Although this scenario may sound simple, it can cause very serious, and sometimes even fatal, injuries to the bicyclist. Fortunately, there are ways motorists and cyclists can minimize the risk of experiencing a dooring accident.

Fatal crash claims a second victim

A recent car accident in Texas had already claimed one life, but it recently took a second after a teenager passed away in the hospital.

According to reports, a 2020 Nissan Armada ran a red light and hit a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. This happened close to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 -- just a few days before Christmas. The intersection for the fateful crash was the one in Killeen where Chaparral Road meets State Highway 195.

Proving liability after being injured in a bike accident

Cyclists are particularly vulnerable on the roads. This is because bikes can travel at relatively high speeds, but they do not have the same protections as a car in the event of a collision. This means that cyclists can be ejected from the bike they are riding, suffering bodily injuries and potential head injuries.

If you have been injured as a cyclist after a collision with another vehicle, it may be possible to take action to file for damages. Doing so could lead to you being compensated for all medical expenses, lost wages, and damages for the pain and suffering caused. To be successful, you will need to show that the other party was liable.

The most dangerous types of distracted driving

Distracted driving is being exposed as one of the most troublesome causes of car accidents. Distracted driving is completely preventable, but in our fast-paced, stressful lives, driving while distracted is unfortunately very common.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident that caused damages and the cause has not yet been established, you may want to consider whether distracted driving was potentially the reason why the collision occurred. The following are the three main types of distracted driving.

When could a truck be responsible for a rear-end collision?

Trucks have a huge amount of force due to their weight and speed. This is why drivers who have been rear-ended by a truck can suffer such catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, rear-end truck collisions are relatively common.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as the result of a collision with a truck, you should make sure that fault is correctly established. By showing that the truck driver or trucking company was at fault for the causation of the accident, you may be able to maximize the damages you receive. The following are some common ways that truckers can be at fault for the causation of a rear-end collision.

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