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Driving dangers: Teen drivers and distractions

Motor vehicle crashes are the main cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teens between 16 and 19 (in their first three years of driving) pass away at a rate of six fatalities per day due to motor vehicle collisions.

The good news is that there are some strategies that can help teens become better drivers and avoid the collisions that result in fatalities. The first thing to do is to know the eight primary danger zones that lead to fatalities in crashes. These include:

  • Inexperience
  • Distractions
  • Impairment
  • Failing to use seat belts
  • Driving with teen passengers
  • Recklessness
  • Driving at night
  • Drowsiness

While serving others, healthcare workers suffer serious injuries

From the surgeon who performs a life-saving operation on a patient, to the support staffer who wheels that patient out of the operating room and back to their recovery room, healthcare professionals are under constant demands on their physical stamina and mental acuteness. Texas residents who work in this important field understand how quickly the stress and strain of helping others can affect the physical well-being of those they serve. As a result, though, many healthcare workers suffer serious injuries as a result of doing their jobs.

Family members can take action after fatal pedestrian crashes

Pedestrian accidents are some of the most traumatic and deadly collisions a person can experience on the road. Between the substantial size and weight discrepancy between a person and a vehicle and the fact that the human body is not nearly as durable as steel, glass and other vehicle components, pedestrians involved in these collisions tend to suffer horrific injuries.

Sometimes, an accident that proves fatal for the pedestrian leaves the person in the vehicle without so much as a scratch. That lack of consequences is even more frustrating when the crash is clearly the fault of the person in the vehicle.

Delivery trucks may cause serious roadway collisions

Although some Texas residents still prefer to buy their goods in local stores, many people enjoy the ease of online shopping to take care of their gift buying, as well as purchasing for daily needs, like consumables. As the holidays approach more and more people may turn to the Internet to find obscure products that they know their friends and family members will love. With more purchases being made from online retailers, like Amazon, more drivers may be taking to the roads to deliver those packages in a timely manner.

3 winter driving tips for unusual snow falls in Houston

Slick roads are coming with the winter months, and even Texas can be met with some challenges. When weather takes a turn for the worst, whether it's through thunderstorms or sleet, drivers need to know what to do to stay safe.

Snow happens in Houston more often than you might think. Between 2017 and 2018, it snowed three times. Drivers who aren't familiar with snowy weather may not be sure how to drive in it, which makes it more likely for them to get into crashes. Here are three tips on being a better driver in less-than-ideal driving conditions.

What types of harm do office workers suffer the most?

Workplace injuries are not the exclusive problem of individuals whose jobs place them on construction sites, in manufacturing complexes, and other job locations where heavy machinery and dangers are present. In fact, Texas workers whose jobs place them in offices suffer many serious injuries each and every year. This post will address some of the most common injury causes for office workers, and readers should remember they may have claims for compensation when they are hurt on the job.

Falls are the most common ways that office workers are hurt while in their places of employment. Falls can be caused by many different events. For example, if an office has uneven floors, torn carpets or wet surfaces, a worker may trip or slip and fall.

Everyone speeds, and the government actually expects it

You come over a hill and spot a police car sitting in the median. What do you do? If you're like most people, you instinctively reach for the brake pedal. A line of red lights ahead of you shows that everyone else is doing the same thing.

Why is this such an instinct? You do it before you even look at the speedometer. It's second nature.

A car accident can cause financial instability in a victim's life

Unless they have been involved in a serious vehicle accident, readers of this Texas personal injury blog may not have every given serious thought to the costs that accompany motor vehicle collisions. They may be aware of the financial expenditures that a person may have to put forth to repair their vehicle, and they may think about the wages they could miss out on earning if they have to take time off of work to deal with their injuries. These costs are only some of the burdens that car accident victims can experience when others cause them to be involved in crashes.

When a person suffers serious trauma in a motor vehicle crash they can spend weeks of their life in the hospital, fighting to stay alive. Depending upon their injuries they may require surgical procedures to help them heal and they may need ongoing therapy to relearn important skills like walking and caring for themselves. These treatments can be expensive and the longer a person requires them, the bigger their bill for services rendered will become.

Examining reasonableness after a motor vehicle accident

Building a claim for the recovery of one's damages after a motor vehicle accident can require a victim to prove a number of facts related to their personal injury case. They generally will have to prove that the party or parties that they have chosen to sue are responsible for causing their harm either through the parties' negligent or reckless conduct. A case built on negligence often requires a victim to demonstrate that the other parties failed to act in accordance with their duty of care to others and that they were therefore unreasonable in their actions.

For example, if a victim's accident occurred at an intersection on a sunny day they may approach the element of duty in the following way. They may argue that by bringing their vehicle onto the road that the responsible driver had a duty to act in accordance with safe driving practices to protect others from preventable harm. They may further argue that running a stop sign, driving while texting, or engaging in whatever unsafe driving practice caused them to crash into the victim was unreasonable given their status as a driver and therefore demonstrates their negligence at the time of the crash.

Motorcycle crashes and fall weather considerations

Fall weather is an enjoyable part of autumn in Houston, especially when so much of the summer has blazing heat. The good thing about fall weather is that it's cooler and easier to head out on your motorcycle. The tricky part is the increase in rainy conditions and the potential for falling leaves. On top of that, animals are more prominent on and around the roads in the fall.

Roads become more dangerous for many reasons, but it's vital for you to know what to expect no matter what time of year it is. Here's a little more about what to be on the lookout for come fall.

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