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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.

Bus crash claims lives of 4 young softball players

It is a sad fact that every time you venture onto the roads, you effectively take your life into your hands. One negligent driver can be all it takes for disaster to occur and the consequences can be dire. Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries for all concerned and in many cases they cost lives. One such fatal accident tragically befell a bus carrying a softball team from North Central Texas College.

Do not let a drunk driving accident leave you out of pocket

Being involved in an accident is never a pleasant experience. If you are lucky, you may come out relatively unscathed, but this does not make the incident any less traumatic and unfortunate. Worse still, in some cases, the repercussions could be far more serious. You or your passengers could be gravely injured, your vehicle may be damaged and your life may be turned upside down.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you can all too easily become involved in an accident if someone else on the road is negligent or irresponsible. For example, if you encounter an intoxicated driver on the road, you might not realize the danger until it is too late. These drivers can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous. We saw in a previous article how a number of children were injured after falling from the car of an allegedly drunk driver.

What are the main causes of motorcycle accidents?

As a motorcycle rider in Texas, no matter how careful you are, you are still at risk of an accident. It is vital to stay alert at all times, but if you encounter a negligent driver, there may be nothing you can do to avoid the crash. Sadly, it is often the motorcyclist who comes off worse in these situations. We discussed in a previous article the life-changing and potentially fatal consequences of motorcycle accidents, but what tends to cause these accidents?

According to statistics, up to 80 percent of crashes involving motorcycles resulted in a fatality or significant morbidity. Furthermore, in the cases where a second vehicle was involved, only 2 percent of the fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles. The other 98 percent were riders of motorcycles.

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