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Freeway collision near Fort Worth kills man

One might be hard-pressed to find even one person in Conroe who has not either been involved in, witnessed or driven past the scene of a car accident. Motorists may not understand the trust that they inadvertently put in each other when they join up on the road. They may trust that each and every one of them will operate their vehicles and safely and responsibly so as to avoid collision. Yet still, accidents happen. When they do, however, the expectation may be that other motorists will steer clear of them, being mindful to give those involved plenty of room to sort things out. 

Sadly, that may not always happen. This was evidenced in a collision that happened recently on Interstate 35 near Fort Worth. A young man had been in an accident on the freeway (though it was not reported is his vehicle was the only one involved). He exited the vehicle and then attempted to run across the freeway (investigators are unclear as to why). While doing this, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Despite being rushed to a local medical center for treatment, he ultimately died from his injuries. 

Texas laws about texting and driving

In years' past, thousands of car accidents occurred as a result of people using their phones while driving. This led to numerous people losing their lives and even more sustaining significant injuries. To combat this epidemic, the Texas state legislature has passed new laws in recent years. On September 1st, 2017, a new law went into effect that prohibits the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. 

With this new law, people cannot text, email or use apps while driving. People who break these laws can expect fines, which is better than the alternative. The goal of these laws is to reduce the number of car accidents in Texas, so make sure you abide by them all.

Reviewing hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers

As many of those that we here at The Bryant Law Firm have worked with in the past can attest to, a number of different complexities can go into causing a truck accident. Then, of course, there are cases where something as simple a driver fatigue is the reason why a trucker may have hit you. The thought of having a drowsy trucker driving on Conroe's roads might terrify you (and rightly so), as the massive vehicles they drive can cause such devastation. For this reason, federal regulations have been established to help truck drivers avoid becoming fatigued on the job. 

Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these regulations prevent a truck driver from: 

  • Driving no more than 11 hours after having taken 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • Driving beyond the 14th hour after a commencing work after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • Driving for more than eight consecutive hours without taking a break of least 30 minutes
  • Driving more than 60/70 hours during a work week of 7/8 days
  • Commencing a new work week without first taking a break of 34 consecutive hours

Weighing settlement offers after a car accident

A car accident that results in serious injury tends to be expensive as well as physically traumatic. All of a sudden, you find yourself facing medical bills, absence from work and maybe even doubts about your ability to work at all in the future.

In such a situation, a settlement offer can seem like a lifeline. You may feel tempted to accept the first offer you get rather than continue negotiating further. Unfortunately, doing so can create more problems than it solves.

Other hazards you may encounter as a motorcyclist

Reckless drivers are an obvious threat that motorcyclists may come across when they take to the road, such as those who get in their car while they are drunk and those who disregard the speed limit. However, there are all sorts of other potential problem areas that may also lead to a fatal motorcycle accident or cause a motorcyclist to become hurt, some of which are not as common and do not receive very much attention. In this post, we will point out some of these dangers in an attempt to prevent future motorcycle crashes.

Fall weather can be problematic for multiple reasons, including fog that reduces visibility, ice, rain and snowfall in some parts of the U.S. Aside from weather, other hazards may be on the road, such as patches of wet leaves, which can be particularly concerning around sharp turns. Wildlife is another concern during this time of year and some motorcyclists have crashed after a deer or some other animal ran onto the road. Furthermore, these dangers can also cause drivers to veer into the path of a motorcyclist.

How much car insurance do I need?

All states, including Texas, mandate that drivers must have a minimum amount of car insurance in place before getting behind the wheel. However, you might want to consider increasing your coverage to ensure you’re fully protected against many different incidents, such as those unrelated to a collision. U.S. News & World Report explains the different types of auto insurance and how they can protect you.

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3 ways drivers cause motorcycle accidents

Riding your motorcycle is a fun activity, but it can also be dangerous. Sadly, car and truck drivers often do not see motorcyclists and are likely to cause accidents. Due to the small size of your vehicle, motorists may fail to notice you, causing a collision. When it is you and your bike up against a passenger car or giant truck, you suffer the most injuries and property damage. According to the United States Department of Transportation, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. Motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in a wreck than occupants of passenger vehicles.

While you cannot predict motorist negligent on any given day, you can take some steps to ensure your own safety. The first step to reducing the likelihood of a crash is knowing about the most common types of motorcycle accidents.

When a car crash causes a TBI

A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious and catastrophic injuries you can sustain in a Texas vehicle crash. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, a TBI is a malfunction or dysfunction of your brain that occurs when the force of your crash impact makes your head and/or neck jerk violently back and forth. This sudden and extreme movement, in turn, causes your brain to “slosh” around in your skull, during which its delicate tissues, cells and nerves become injured, sometimes irreparably.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 286,000 people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year due to a car crash.

Understanding the negligent entrustment doctrine

For all of the resources and effort that go into preventing car accidents on Conroe, such incidents are still a fairly common occurrence. Texas (thanks to its large population) routinely ranks among the top states in terms of annual volumes of vehicle collisions. Indeed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 9,417 accidents in Montgomery County in 2017 alone. Often, assigning responsibility for such accidents is not all that difficult. People may easily spot when a driver is operating a vehicle recklessly and/or without regard to others. In such a situation, the only thing that may be more surprising than the liable driver's behavior is the fact that someone entrusted them with a vehicle at all. 

When a reckless driver causes an accident, vicarious liability may also be assigned to whatever third parties enabled that person to drive. This option (known as the negligent entrustment doctrine) is only available, however, in cases where one loaned a vehicle to an irresponsible driver. One might automatically assume that a vehicle owner would always be liable for any damage or injuries that are caused by that vehicle, regardless of whoever is behind the wheel. Yet that is not always the case. 

Working with your insurance company after a car accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, chances are you have already begun to experience the barrage of emotions that comes with healing from your injuries, getting repairs to your vehicle and dealing with your insurance company. At The Bryant Law Firm, we have helped many Texas car accident victims to work through the legal process of getting help from their insurance company. 

The sooner you file a claim with your insurance company after your accident, the better your chances are of getting a settlement sooner than later. Throughout all of your communications, keep written documents that detail all of your interactions. These can be invaluable for your reference at future dates if there is disagreement about what was said or promised. Additionally, make sure that you understand the parameters of your insurance policy so you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities of your provider. 

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