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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.

Reacting quickly to a truck accident could help your case

It is one of the more devastating accidents that can happen on the roads of Texas. A truck crash often results in widespread damage, serious injuries and even loss of life. Roads may be closed for hours afterward as cleanup crews attempt to clear the wreckage and rescue teams attend the victims. Meanwhile, those affected by the accident face hefty medical bills, vehicle repairs or even the grief of bereavement.

If you have been the victim of a truck crash, you might find yourself wondering what to do next. How will you tackle the financial burden of the crash? Will you ever recover fully from your injuries? Why did it happen in the first place? Some of these questions are easier to answer than others and this is where an attorney could prove useful.

How common are drunk driving accidents in Texas?

Road accidents are all too common in Texas. Factors such as bad weather, fatigued drivers, speeding and any number of other elements can all come into play. However, one particularly common and preventable cause of road accidents is drunk driving. When someone chooses to operate their vehicle while intoxicated, he or she puts everyone else on the road at risk. A single mistake can cause a chain reaction resulting in serious injuries or even death.

According to statistics on the I Drive Safely website, 2011 saw over 3,000 deaths in Texas as a result of drunk driving. The number of DUI accidents was just over 2,500. The numbers are distressing, yet sadly unsurprising. Too many people are still willing to risk their lives and those of others by driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Woman killed in Texas highway crash

Every year, countless families are torn apart by motor vehicle accidents. Drivers, passengers and even pedestrians suffer serious injuries or worse as a result of negligent, reckless or irresponsible driving. Worse still, the victims are often not the ones to blame, yet they lose their lives for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In Pasadena, Texas, a chain-reaction crash had devastating consequences for those involved. Investigators report that the incident commenced after a trailer lost some of its load. The driver is believed to have pulled over to retrieve the lost plastic containers. As he did so, a second driver slowed her vehicle in response.

Know how to protect yourself from motorcycle accidents

As many motorcyclists in Texas will know, the roads can be a dangerous place. However, the thrill and enjoyment gained from riding a motorcycle is often enough to override any fear of harm. Fortunately, many motorcyclists get by without ever having an accident. However, countless others are not so lucky, suffering serious injuries or even death as a result of a crash.

Being on a motorcycle, you are automatically more at risk than you would be if you were in a car. One factor of this is that your vehicle is smaller and harder for others on the road to notice and avoid. The other side of it is that if an accident occurs, you have far less protection than someone in an enclosed vehicle.

Be prepared to act in the wake of a car accident

If you become involved in a car accident, you are likely to have any number of things racing through your head. Is everyone OK? How badly damaged is the car? Who was at fault? Accidents usually result in various costs, along with a lot of stress and trauma. Often they also bring about serious injuries or even death.

It's a lot to take in, especially if you have been badly hurt. One thing you might wish to do is to determine liability and make a claim against the person responsible, as we discussed previously. However, in order to do so, you will need certain information. There are also vital steps you must take, both for your own safety and to protect your ability to make a claim.

What causes truck accidents to occur?

Trucks are not an uncommon sight on the roads of Texas and it is all too easy to forget the potential dangers they may pose, not only to others on the road, but to the truck drivers themselves. We saw in a previous article how the driver of an 18-wheeler was killed when his vehicle was involved in an accident with another truck.

It is not unusual for a second vehicle to be the cause of a truck accident and this other vehicle does not need to be a second truck. Passenger vehicles can endanger themselves and trucks in the following ways:

  • Passing a truck unsafely, or attempting to drive between trucks.
  • Moving into the space into which a truck is attempting to turn.
  • Moving into the space in front of a truck and neither accelerating away sufficiently or leaving enough space.
  • Causing a truck to brake or swerve by getting in its way.
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