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Avoiding crashes with big rigs: 3 helpful tips

One of the most terrifying things to happen on a highway is a collision with a big rig. Large semitrucks are heavy, and crashes with them are devastating. Drivers get pinned in their vehicles, crushed under the weight of the larger trucks. Many end up in serious or critical conditions because of the force of impacts with large trucks.

Drivers must be vigilant about safety when they share the roads with large trucks. These tips can give the trucker time to see you to minimize the risks of collisions.

How to avoid common driving distractions

As a driver, you know how hard it can be to remain focused at all times. You also know that taking your attention away from the road can result in an accident that causes serious injury (or even death).

Here are five simple ways to avoid common driving distractions.

3 ways to reduce glare and have a safer drive

Glare can be a serious problem for drivers, and it's one that isn't discussed as much as it should be. When a windshield sits at a certain angle or the sun reflects dust or dirt that has collected, the possibility of a blinding glare is higher than normal. Even if a driver is only struggling with glare for a few seconds, it's long enough to put him or her in danger and to endanger those around the moving car.

The good news is there are things drivers can do to reduce the amount of glare they have to deal with. By doing so, they make their drives safer and keep others, pedestrians, drivers and cyclists, safer around them.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?

Our necks and backs are built to withstand a lot of strain as we complete various tasks throughout the day. However, the stress factors involved in the typical motor vehicle accident may be too severe for the average spine to endure. This is why many people who survive car accidents end up with long-lasting neck and back problems.

One common problem is known as a herniated lumbar disk. This kind of injury may result in pain in the lower back and other areas of the back, as well as pain and numbness in the buttocks. This kind of injury needs swift medical attention.

How drivers can protect pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk people on the roads. Unlike motorists, they have no real protection against the impact of cars or trucks. Pedestrians can be killed in a single accident, whereas motor vehicles involved in crashes with pedestrians may suffer no ill effects.

For people who are going to be walking on or near the roads, there's never been a better time to get educated on safety. For drivers, knowing what to expect when pedestrians are near could prevent serious collisions.

What are the dangers of driving at night?

Do you often find yourself on the road during the nighttime hours in Texas? Do you have concerns about your safety after the sun goes down? Do you know which steps you can take to improve your safety when driving at night?

There is no denying the fact that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident at any time of the day, even if it's bright out. However, there are additional dangers to take into consideration at night. Here they are:

A fatal mix: Port truckers and overtime hours

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long stretch of loading docks and cargo storage. It is the busiest port in the U.S. for the import and export of foreign tonnage and the second busiest for overall tonnage.

The constant arrival and departure of goods means port truckers work long hours to keep up with the demand. But when drivers work reckless amounts of overtime hours, which are often required to keep up, they expose themselves and other drivers on the road to significant risk.

18-wheelers and their "blind spots"

When you are passing an 18-wheeler on the road, does it ever occur to you that one slip of the hand by the truck driver could be fatal for you?

How would you feel about being near a truck if you knew the driver could not see you? It's not a comforting thought. But it's reality. In this post we will explain trucks' "blind spots."

Learn your rights after a loved one dies in a fatal Texas crash

Losing a loved one is never easy. Even if that loss is the result of a protracted illness that allowed your family time to prepare and seek closure with your family member, it still takes months or years to process the grief that results from the death of someone you love. When that death is abrupt, potentially leaving many things unsaid and undone, it can be even harder to adjust to the loss.

When someone else causes an accident that fatally injures someone you love, it's only natural to experience shock, denial, anger and sorrow. Grieving and trying to plan a memorial service can often overwhelm someone in the first days following such an unexpected loss. It's important to take time to familiarize yourself with Texas laws about wrongful death and learn your options in the wake of a traffic-related loss.

Distracted driving must be prevented at all times

Whether the weather is clear or not, driving in the Houston area is dangerous. When you throw distracted drivers into the equation, the danger shoots up dramatically. This is why it is imperative that all drivers on the road give their full attention to controlling their vehicles instead of worrying about anything else.

Distracted driving can easily be prevented if all drivers put forth a little bit of effort. The easiest way to do this is to simply avoid doing anything that is going to take your mind, eyes or abilities off of the road.

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