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What are the top causes of motor vehicle accidents?

As a driver, you understand that you could be involved in an accident at some point. This is why you take extreme caution at all times.

What you may not understand is that there are many common causes of accidents. With knowledge of each one, you're in better position to avoid trouble on the road.

Safe driving tips for Thanksgiving

Travelling is often part of many people’s Thanksgiving plans, but driving places over the holidays can be dangerous. Since many people are driving home or to see relatives, the roads may be busier than usual. Heavy traffic and driving long distances can both cause problems and accidents.

Here are a few tips you can use to stay safe over the holiday weekend while driving to the festivities.

Anyone can take these steps after a car accident

Even if you have some experience dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, you know that every situation is different. You're sure to be shaken up, so knowing what you should and shouldn't do in advance can work in your favor.

There are many steps you must take after a car accident, with these five among the most important:

  • Move to safety. As long as you can do so safely, pull your vehicle out of traffic.
  • Call 911. Before you do anything else, call 911 so that help arrives as quickly as possible.
  • Check yourself and passengers for injuries. This will give you a better idea of what to do next, e.g., administering first aid.
  • Gather information. If you're able, gather information from the other people involved in the accident. This includes insurance policy information, names, license plate numbers, contact information of witnesses and photos of the scene and your injuries.
  • Contact your insurance company. After receiving treatment, contact your insurance company to file a claim. When doing so, remember that you have a contract with your insurer.

Nine Tips for Safe Halloween

Halloween is a magical time where children and adults have a night to be whoever they want to be. From the scariest witches to the bravest superheroes, characters from all movies and books go around home to home asking for delicious treats. It is a time for family fun, however it is also a time to be safe. As Alex Begum points out in our latest video, there are a lot of drunk drivers in the streets during this night, and children in dark clothes can be hard to spot.

Receiving emotional damages after injury or wrongful death

Many individuals suffer tremendous emotional trauma due to injuries sustained in car accidents. Some families face the substantial loss of a loved one in cases of wrongful death vehicle crashes. Whether you are the individual who sustained life-threatening injuries, or you are a family member of a lost loved one, Texas law may give you the opportunity to receive compensation beyond tangible expenses.

Noneconomic damages exist to aid in reimbursing individuals and families for emotional suffering they experience due to their accidents. While economic damages seek to compensate for medical expenses, rehabilitative care and necessary funeral costs, the court calculates noneconomic damages by quantifying your intangible losses due to the negligence of another driver. When seeking compensation for your losses, you want the best representation. Attorneys that represent victims and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases have experience in working to obtain maximum reimbursement for your bodily and emotional losses. Do not settle for less than you deserve.

Are women more vulnerable to car crash injuries?

Car crashes can create major injury risks for vehicle occupants. But these risks may not be the same for everyone. Some groups might have especially high risks on this front.

Research suggests that women might be particularly vulnerable to crash injuries. For example, a 2011 study found that, compared to seatbelt-wearing men, seatbelt-wearing women had a 47 percent higher likelihood of suffering severe auto accident injuries.

Why are semi-truck accidents so deadly?

Accidents between semi-trucks and smaller vehicles, such as cars, have an unfortunately high fatality rate. If death does not occur as a result of the crash, catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are probable.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that in 2016, nearly 4,000 individuals died in accidents with large trucks. What factors make these types of accidents so dangerous and possibly deadly?

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Paid in Settlements.

Several automakers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars in claim settlements.

Takata Airbags are prone to exploding after prolonged exposure to heat prompting a massive recall, and hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements.

According to Fortune Magazine, Ford has agreed to pay $299.1 million to settle consumers' claims connected to the Takata airbag recall. Additionally, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and BMW have agreed to pay $533 million and Nissan has agreed to a $98 million for settlements of economic loss claims.

Hurricane Preparedness

Last year, the Texas coast was devastated by hurricane Harvey. Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Approximately 336,000 people were left without electricity, and tens of thousands required rescue. Throughout the state, 103 people died in storm-related incidents, and an estimated 30,000 people were displaced.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to prevent a natural disaster, but what we can do is be prepared and be safe. You should designate an evacuation plan and a family meeting spot, before the first hurricane warning is issued to the Texas coast. Remember that it is necessary to evacuate as soon as possible when authorities tell you to. Never walk, swim or drive through flood water.

Additionally, you should build emergency kits with all the essentials to survive at least three days. Some of the essentials you should add to your emergency kit are:

- Water (3 to 5 gallons)

- Flashlights (one per family member)

- Battery Powered Radio

- Important Documents

- Sleeping Bags

- A change of clothes (one per family member)

- Extra batteries

- 72-hour supply of food

- Candles

- Pocket Knife

- Cash

- Toilet paper

- Hand sanitizer

- Trash bags

- Oral care

- First Aid Kit

- Medications

- Pet supplies and food

There are a few steps you can do to protect your property such as decluttering drains and gutters and installing check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. To obtain more information on hurricane preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

The last step to protect your wellbeing after a natural disaster is to review insurance policies and keep the number of a lawyer who can help you with a property damage or injury claim. It is not uncommon for valid insurance policyholders to be to be denied the proper coverage the policy should entitle them. Insurance Companies are experienced at underpaying claims, to make a higher profit. It is in the insurance company's interest to charge you as much as they can in premiums, while avoiding paying as many claims as possible. They design a business based on this concept by creating confusing policies, while denying as many claims as possible.

When you receive a bad faith denial of an insurance claim, the insurance bad faith attorneys at The Begum Law Group will be there to make sure your rights are protected. We will be your advocate and fight the insurance companies on your behalf. Call us today at 956-267-5580, and let's start by evaluating your claim during a free consultation.

Knowing a truck's placards could help save your life

Truck crashes can be devastating because of their size and weight, but what about what they're carrying as their loads? This is something that isn't always discussed as much as it should be. It's important that drivers are observant and know what kinds of materials are being transported around them.

In the event of a crash, a semitruck's materials could spill, leading to secondary injuries from burns or crushing injuries, as an example. To better keep yourself safe, you should know how to read the placards on a truck and be able to identify them in case of injury.

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