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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.

Why must truck cargo be properly secured?

It is not a common sight, but it is possible that some readers of this Texas legal blog have seen the following event occur. While driving down the freeway, they spot a big rig ahead of them. But instead of traveling straight down its lane, the big rig is swerving from side to side, threatening to cross the lane markers and to crash into other vehicles. It may look like the truck's driver is drunk or asleep at the wheel, but in fact the rig may be suffering from a serious safety issue: improperly secured cargo.

When cargo shifts inside of a large truck it can throw off the weight and balance of the entire vehicle. As it moves the cargo placed on the trailer and attached cab can cause unwanted and dangerous movements. As a result, a truck driver may lose control of their rig and the resulting accident may have devastating consequences for them and their victims.

4 reasons rural areas pose a risk to drivers

Motor vehicle accidents can take place anywhere, but one of the riskiest locations is in rural areas. While most people believe that cities and towns are the most dangerous, rural areas have their own challenges that make it more likely to see people getting into crashes.

Although there may be more deaths and injuries overall in areas where there is heavier traffic, rural areas have the highest rate of deaths in collisions. Here are a few reasons why they're so dangerous.

Falls are a problem for American workers

According to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics nearly 800 men and women died in 2014 in workplace accidents that involved falls. These victims had employment in many different industries and suffered their fatal incidents while performing different work-related functions. In Texas, workers are subject to dangerous falls when they are not prepared to safely undertake the tasks the employers are of them.

Falls do not just occur in industrial and manufacturing employment arenas. Office workers, medical care providers and others may be subject to falls and related injuries when they are performing their duties. A fall while on the job may take a person out of work and may prevent them from earning the income that they need to get by.

Teen drivers are a risk, but parents can help prevent crashes

Teenagers may be new to driving, but that doesn't mean they can't develop the skills necessary to stay safe when they are on the roads. It is important for teenagers to understand that those between 16 and 19 are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults. In fact, fatal crashes involving teens happen around four times more often than crashes involving those between the ages of 25 and 69.

Statistics show that there are three main errors that teenagers make before they get into collisions. The first is failing to scan the road for hazards. The second is speeding or driving too fast for the conditions of the roadway. The third is getting distracted and not paying attention to the roadway.

These are the factors that influence pedestrian crash injuries

Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk individuals on the roads. Depending on the speed of the driver, it's possible that a pedestrian could walk away from a crash or end up with life-threatening injuries.

There are a few factors that determine how serious a pedestrian's injuries are going to be. Here's a little more about the science of a car crash and what it could mean if you're hit as a pedestrian.

Safety tips for Labor Day weekend travels

Labor Day is just about upon us, so many people here in the Houston area are busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday weekend. This includes making travel preparations. For many, Labor Day weekend involves a fair amount of driving. So, the roads can be packed.

This can create frustrations for travelers. It can also raise special safety risks. Few things can derail a fun holiday weekend faster than a traffic accident. Such crashes can also have significant long-term impacts for victims.

Understanding blind spots surrounding big rigs

When you drive, you probably recognize that there are numerous blind spots that you have to check to avoid crashing into another person. Blind spots exist for most vehicles, even those with relatively good mirror set ups and window alignments.

In larger vehicles, blind spots tend to become more significant. This is partially because mirrors can only see so far along the side of a vehicle. In the case of a big rig, the driver may not be able to see along the side of the vehicle or behind the vehicle.

3 steps to take at the scene of a fatal crash

Following a major car crash, there is always the potential for seriously injured individuals to require emergency care. In some instances, care can't arrive fast enough, and these people may pass away at the scene. When medical care isn't a viable option, other victims of the crash and witnesses need to know what to do.

The reality is that the steps you need to take are similar to those you'd take with any kind of car crash. Here are the main three things you need to do right away.

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