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Multi-vehicle accident kills Texas truck driver

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences. It is often the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles who suffer the most in such accidents. Of course, this is not always the case, especially when one truck collides with another. One such truck accident in Texas resulted in the death of a truck driver from the Dallas area.

The 53-year-old man was driving an 18-wheeler along a highway in Morris County when the accident occurred. According to reports, traffic on the highway was slowed by debris. The victim is said to have begun to steer his truck off the roadway in order to avoid a collision with other vehicles. A second 18-wheeler apparently had the same idea and the two collided, with the first truck crashing into the rear end of the second. A pickup was also involved in the accident, having been struck by the trailer of the second truck.

How is blood alcohol concentration measured?

If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, one of the things that officers may ask of the other driver and possibly you as well is to submit to a series of tests to determine whether either of you are intoxicated. A number of these test revolve around your blood alcohol concentration.

The legal limit in all 50 states is 0.08 percent. If your BAC is at or above this level, you could be charged. At the same time, if the other driver is found to be over the limit, you may be able to claim compensation. Drunk drivers endanger themselves and everyone on the road around them, so it is entirely understandable that you might want to pursue legal proceedings if you are involved in a DUI accident.

Fatal accidents leave families wondering what to do next

It is a horrible thing to contemplate. You bid goodbye to a loved one as they leave for work or head off to pick up some groceries, but they never come home. Perhaps their car was involved in a crash or they were struck by a vehicle while they were on foot. Motor vehicle accidents can often result in serious injuries and even death, leaving you and your family with a sudden void to come to terms with.

Grieving can take time and it is likely that during that period you may not be able to give much attention to anything else. However, at the same time you may be wondering how and why the accident occurred. Could it have been prevented and who was responsible? Furthermore, you may find yourself uncertain about what to do next.

Operating a motorcycle can be a balance between joy and danger

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you may be all too aware of the potential dangers that you can be exposed to on the roads. Nevertheless, you may also have decided that the joy of riding is worth the potential risks. Furthermore, why should you forfeit a pastime you enjoy because others on the road may be negligent?

Sadly, it only takes a brief slip-up on the part of one person on the roads to cause a catastrophic accident. Unfortunately, when a motorcyclist is involved in such an accident, they can often come off worst. Unprotected by a vehicle exterior and with only a helmet to protect their head from impact, they can suffer serious injuries.

What info should I share after a car accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, it’s normal to feel a bit out of sorts. It happens so quickly — and is often so unexpected — that it can make your head spin. You might not know how to proceed, so here are a few pointers that you can tuck away and use if you find yourself in an auto accident. Your first thought is to make sure that everyone is OK.

If anyone is hurt, ensure an ambulance is called to attend to the injured. If you see that the person is suffering from back or neck pain, try not to move them unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Who could be liable in the event of a commercial truck accident?

Commercial truck accidents can be severe and devastating. These vehicles can often be very large, with potentially hazardous loads. If one crashes, not only does it cover a wide area, it can also do a lot of damage, simply as a result of its weight and the difficulty of maneuvering it if it runs into trouble. However, as is the case in any accident, if you are involved in a truck crash, the cause of that crash will need to be determined. This can affect the legal repercussions of the accident as well as your eligibility for compensation.

Commercial truck crashes can arise as a result of a number of factors, including driver fatigue or carelessness, a badly secured load or even a poorly maintained truck. If the truck driver was at fault during your accident, he or she may be liable. However, according to FindLaw, there are several other aspects of the crash that are worth taking into consideration.

Fatal motor vehicle accidents: how common are they?

Cars have become an inextricable part of our daily lives, especially here in America. We use them for nearly everything, from carting the children to and from school to picking up the groceries and doing our daily commute. They are such an essential part of our routine, in fact that we tend to forget what a dangerous endeavor we are undertaking when we get behind the wheel. However, the fact remains: unless you’re a professional skydiver, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing you do every day. 

Drunk driving deaths: How bad are the numbers?

It’s no profound statement to say that the invention of the car changed this country in countless ways. Automobiles allowed us to spread out to the suburbs. They gave us a sense of freedom that plays into our American heritage. They also allowed us to move things with relative ease. Because of this, we rely on them perhaps more than any other country in the world, taking 233 billion trips per year in our vehicles.

But with the good comes the bad. A shocking one in 2,000 of these excursions are undertaken by a drunk driver. Even more appalling is the fact that an intoxicated driver is responsible for one in every three traffic fatalities.

Motorcyclist dead after car fails to yield

Riding a motorcycle is an awesome experience. You’re out in the open air, enjoying the scenery from a perspective that a car just can’t offer. But the things that make motorcycles so enjoyable are the same things that make them so dangerous. You’re completely exposed to the elements, and, even with protective gear like helmets, a meeting with the unforgiving pavement often spells disaster for the rider. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to the inattentiveness or unawareness of passenger cars, whose drivers often show an unwillingness to share the road.

A tragic motorcycle accident in late June in Texas put an exclamation point on this fact. A motorcyclist was headed north on a road in McKinney and proceeded through an intersection, as was his right. That’s when a Chevy Tahoe failed to yield to the motorcycle and entered the intersection, plowing into the bike. The driver of the motorcycle was killed instantly. The driver of the Tahoe was not injured in the crash.

Texas intersection modified after series of car accidents

Usually, when we talk about accidents, it’s about drunk driving or negligence on the part of one of the drivers. But there are other factors that cause car accidents that are less obvious, but just as dangerous. City planners, in an effort to stay within a budget or save money, often cut corners or simply overlook dangerous conditions at intersections around Texas.

When that happens, the consequences can be devastating. One such intersection exists in East Texas and it has been the site of dozens of tragic accidents over the years. Local residents have known about the problem for a many years. They say that the intersection’s blind spots and fast traffic make the potential for wrecks extremely high and have lobbied Upshur County in an effort to make administrators take action.

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