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What can you expect after a DUI accident?

Not all drivers in Texas are as mindful as they should be. Some drive too fast or ignore road signs, others allow themselves to be distracted by mobile phones or their passengers and others fail to signal appropriately or give adequate space to other drivers. One particularly common problem, however, is drunk driving. Throughout the state and, indeed, the entirety of the U.S. countless road users decide to operate their vehicles while intoxicated.

Not only does this put them at risk, it also endangers everyone else sharing the road with them. All too often this results in a devastating accident and serious injuries for all involved. No matter how safely you drive, such an incident can easily catch you off guard, with life-changing consequences.

What is a no-zone?

Driving in Texas is not always as safe as you might hope. All too often, a simple mistake leads to devastating accidents that turn lives upside-down and leave families shattered. Many of these accidents involve trucks. These large vehicles, often with heavy or hazardous loads can do a lot of damage if something goes wrong. However, it is not always the fault of the truck driver when this occurs.

Something many drivers forget is that trucks do not afford the same field of vision as smaller vehicles do. As a result, there are areas around a truck that the driver simply cannot see. As this article on truck crashes explains, these are often referred to as no-zones. This is because not only can the driver not see in these areas, but also because they are areas into which you should not move your vehicle.

Motorcycle riders at greater risk of death

Road accidents in Texas are far more common than most would like to think. Sadly, it only takes a small error for disaster to strike and everyone on the road at the time is affected. For motorcyclists, this is a particularly dangerous problem. In a crash where someone in a car might have survived, motorcyclists are still at great risk of dying. According to statistics from this article on motorcycle accidents, the chance of a motorcyclist dying in a crash is about 26 times that of the same happening to someone in a car.

To make things worse, in many cases these accidents are not even the fault of the motorcyclist. As their small vehicles are often less visible on the roads, sometimes other drivers simply do not see them. Others fail to account for the effect their vehicle might have on a motorcycle, for example, if they turn quickly in front of them or suddenly brake in their path.

Fiery crash kills toddler in Texas

It is a sad fact that all too many drivers in Texas take too little care on the roads. To make things worse, when these drivers make a mistake, it is everyone around them that suffers. During the holiday season, events like this are even more prominent as families rush to visit each other, people hurry to get home and others decide to take a chance on driving drunk.

Whatever the cause, a car crash is always a traumatic event for all involved. Devastatingly, one such incident occurred a mere three days before Christmas when two SUVs became engulfed by flames after one allegedly rear-ended the other. The driver of the first vehicle has been reported by officers to have been speeding. He escaped with injuries that were not deemed to be life-threatening.

Seek justice for the death of your loved one

Texas is no stranger to fatal accidents. Every year on the state's busy roads, countless crashes occur, leaving many of the victims shaken, traumatized or gravely injured. Others do not survive the experience, leaving behind families who now must fight to fill a void while struggling with the financial burden of their loss. Worse still, many of these fatal accidents could and should be prevented.

The negligence of other drivers is the main cause of disaster on the roads. A moment's inattentiveness, someone driving too fast, someone behind the wheel while intoxicated. Any of these people can be the cause of a devastating crash, yet it may be someone you love that pays the price.

Stand up to negligent trucking companies

Truck accidents are disastrous for all concerned. Any other vehicles involved are likely to suffer extensive damages, while their occupants could be faced with serious injuries or worse. However, it is not only those external to the truck that suffer. Every year in Texas, truck drivers are harmed in accidents that are not their fault.

Sometimes these crashes are caused by other drivers. They move into a truck's blind spot, brake suddenly without leaving the truck time to react or even pull in front of them without accelerating away fast enough. Whatever the case, the consequences are usually dire. To make things worse, if anyone else is harmed, the truck driver is left with the burden of guilt, even if he or she was not to blame.

Can drunk drivers get their licenses back?

If you are involved in a DUI accident in Texas, the driver responsible may face the revocation or suspension of your driver's license. This in turn can have a significant impact on their daily life. They no longer have the freedom to travel about as they please and it may even prevent them from making important trips such as getting to work or going to buy groceries. However, they may not have lost their license forever.

Once the term for which it is suspended has come to an end, they can apply to have it reinstated via the Texas Department of Public Safety. Using the department's website, they can keep track of their eligibility to drive and even read the terms surrounding the reinstatement of their license. You, on the other hand, may have suffered serious injuries in the accident that also limit your daily activities.

Texas man killed in 2-vehicle crash

As most motorcyclists know, being involved in an accident can have extremely serious consequences. Lacking the protection of an external shell and often traveling at high speeds, motorcycles and their riders can suffer extensive damage if they become embroiled in a crash. Often, the motorcyclist suffers serious injuries or worse, yet for many motorcycle riders, the thrill is worth the risk.

In Brownsville, Texas, a 56-year-old man lost his life when his motorcycle collided with the back of another vehicle. He is believed to have been heading northbound along the road when the car in front of him attempted a U-turn. With not enough time to react to the unexpected maneuver, the motorcyclist careened into the other vehicle, suffering serious injuries. He died of his injuries at the scene of the crash.

Fatal accidents in Texas increasing year by year

It is no secret that accidents are a common occurrence on the roads of Texas. Roads are regularly closed so cleanup crews can remove the debris while emergency medical personnel treat the injured and transport people to hospitals. However, something that many Texans may be unaware of is the fact that the frequency of these accidents is increasing. Furthermore, the number of fatal accidents that occur annually also appears to be climbing.

According to statistics, the number of fatalities per year between 2009 and 2013 grew by an alarming 8 percent. Matching the trend, fatalities connected with incidents involving commercial vehicles grew by 51 percent within the same time period. It is hard to say exactly why these increases are occurring. However, as this article on fatal truck accidents explains, it could be linked to the boom in oil and gas within the state.

When does an accident report need to be filed?

If you are involved in a car crash, your first thoughts may be focused on your injuries or the damage to your vehicle. If you had passengers, their safety will also be a concern, as will that of anyone else involved in the accident. The last thing that might come to mind at such a time is any legal obligation. However, it is important to follow the correct procedures if you want to avoid legal trouble.

The first thing you might want to do in the event of a car accident is check if anyone needs medical attention. If so, call an ambulance immediately. Collect details from any witnesses or other drivers involved in the accident and make a note of the road and weather conditions.

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