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Know the common causes of truck accidents on the highway

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time on the highway? For example, maybe you use the interstates in and around San Antonio to commute to and from work or school.

The more time you spend on the highway the more commercial trucks you will come across. While you know the importance of sharing the road with these vehicles, it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be able to avoid trouble at all times.

5 regulations truck drivers must follow in Texas

Imagine driving your child to school when you are struck by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Alternatively, maybe you were driving to work when the 18-wheeler pulled into your lane without the driver seeing your vehicle there. Both are very serious situations that drivers face every day.

As a parent and someone who takes the highway often, exposure to these dangerous vehicles while you carry the most precious cargo is a serious threat. Here are a few regulations that the United States has in place to help prevent these accidents. If the driver violated them in your case, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and the damage that driver caused.

Whom do I sue when a large truck has hit me?

Accidents involving large trucks often present not only more catastrophic injuries and property damage, but entail more complex personal liability claims for the victims. When you have been injured in an accident with another personal driver, the claim is typically brought against that individual and handled by his or her insurance provider.

However, when you are involved in an accident involving a commercial driver, the claim may be filed against several parties concurrently. This will depend on the nature of the accident and the relationship that driver has with his or her employer.

5 factors that contribute to semitruck accidents

Almost everywhere you go, you see semitrucks on the roads. You might not think anything about traveling next to these large trucks, but these trucks are akin to deadly weapons because when they aren't maintained and handled properly, they can cause accidents that injure or kill. Here are five factors that can contribute to semitruck accidents.

Fatigue linked to deadly truck accidents

Technological advances have led to a boom in oil production in Texas and across the country. Oil production hit a 44-year high in April of 2016 and there are signs that production will continue to be high in the coming years, CNN reports.

One unexpected consequence of the country's oil boom is that our roads are more dangerous. Traffic accidents are the largest cause of fatalities in the oil and gas industry, according to The New York Times. Over 300 oil and gas workers were killed in wrecks during the past decade, and many of these crashes are attributable to fatigue. These accidents also impact individuals who are not connected to the energy industry because a fatigued driver can easily crash into other vehicles. 

In a car accident? Don't miss these common long-term consequences

Nobody plans to have a car accident, but that doesn't stop them from occurring. Despite every effort you take to be safe on the road - wearing your seatbelt, stopping completely at stop signs, and using your turn signal - some unexpected person or problem may be lurking in the distance waiting to wreak havoc on your life.

Although an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, some crash victims, their family and friends may be left to deal with the consequences for days, weeks, and months after the crash. In some instances, they may be forced to face reminders of their accidents for the rest of their lives.

Hidden consequences

Tragic truck accidents are on the rise in Texas

Operating a motor vehicle is a task performed so regularly that it is taken for granted. Climb in, fasten your seat belt, turn the key, press the gas and away you go. Sometimes, drivers forget that they are operating heavy machines that are traveling at high rates of speed. Even truckers can fail to appreciate the power they wield when they share the roads.

The average 18-wheeler weighs about 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. A collision with one of these commercial vehicles may easily cause a devastating injury or loss of life.

Fatal accidents in Southern Texas

Injured by a drunk driver? Is the bar to blame for your injuries?

If you are injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. However, you may not only be able to sue the impaired driver -- you might also be able place fault on the establishment that served the alcohol.

While these types of personal injury claims are hard to prove, it is not impossible for an experienced attorney. In Texas, dram shop laws prohibit servers and shop owners from serving drinks to patrons who are already intoxicated. These laws exist as a method of protecting the public from the uninhibited actions of a drunken patron.

Proving a claim against a bar

How to Respond if You Witness a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries often occur when people are in severe car accidents or when young men or women are playing in a high contact sport. The problem with spinal cord injuries is that you don't want to move the person because you might actually cause further damage that hinders their ability to enjoy the rest of their life. That said, it's important for you to respond as a witness in case you see a spinal cord injury happen. Just because the injury didn't happen to you doesn't mean that you shouldn't show concern and respect for the other human being.

Should You Get Paid For Your Slip and Fall Accident

Many Americans don't like the idea of slip and fall accidents, because you can technically fake a slip and fall accident and then waste taxpayer money by bringing it to court. You also might slip and fall and a lot of people consider this your own fault. Obviously, this is an extreme view and slipping and falling is no laughing matter. You need to be aware of your surroundings and understand that the American justice system is an around to cater to your clumsiness, but homeowners in building owners have a responsibility to keep their floors and outdoor areas safe so that people don't get severely injured. If you walk into a restaurant and the entire floor is covered in grease then you can't expect anyone to not fall.

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