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How dangerous are distracted truckers?

No one need tell you that if your passenger vehicle collides with a tractor-trailer on a Texas road or highway, you and your passengers face the highest risk of receiving serious, possibly catastrophic, injuries. This is what makes distracted truck drivers such a danger on the road.

Distracted driving comes in a seemingly unending variety of forms. From cellphone or other device usage to eating or drinking to driving while overly fatigued, all represent activities in which drivers engage when they should be concentrating on the road ahead and behind, as well as their own defensive driving.

How much can you pursue through a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is much than just an emotional loss – it can lead to very real, significant financial loss that can impact a Texas family for years to come. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, it may be possible to pursue damages through a civil claim. However, it is prudent to understand the true value of your case before moving forward.

After a fatal accident, an insurance company may offer your family a settlement, but often, these offers do not reflect the true value of your case. Before you sign a settlement agreement or move forward with a civil claim, it may be beneficial to be fully aware of your rights and to know how much your case is worth. A complete assessment of your case may be useful.

The value of underride guards

Getting stuck behind a huge 18-wheeler is no fun. While waiting for an opportunity to pass it, however, Texas motorists may want to look at the extra metal “bumper” hanging down from the trailer’s rear. As CNN reports, that is the rear underride guard that federal law mandates all trailers must have so as to protect the drivers and passengers of passenger vehicles in the event of an accident.

Given that today’s smaller cars place occupants at eye level with a semi’s wheels, the alarming truth is that should the car ram the trailer, the force of the impact may not stop the car. Instead, the car’s forward momentum may cause it to keep going, sliding underneath the trailer before stopping. When this occurs, the car’s hood and windshield often shear off, putting its occupants at grave risk for catastrophic injuries or even a hideous death by decapitation. The purpose of underride guards is to prevent these grisly occurrences.

How dangerous is the oil and gas industry?

The short answer to the above question is “very,” whether you work in Texas’ oil and gas industry or anywhere else across the nation. In fact, as reported by E&E News, the rate of severe injuries in the upstream oil and gas industry is one of the highest in the country. Depending on the way in which different agencies collect data and whose figures you believe, oil and gas is the industry most likely to see its workers suffer such injuries and/or die from them.

While the industry’s own data touts the fact that its overall injury rate is well below the national average, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s data tells a much different story. It says that your risk of suffering a fatal injury is highest if you work for a company that supports oil and gas such as a general contractor who builds, drills, fracks or cements oil wells.

Pursuing the right types of damages through an injury claim

A Texas car accident can leave you with various types of injuries and financial losses that can impact your life for years to come. If you suffered as a result of the actions of another person, you should not have to suffer alone. In fact, you could be entitled to recovery of certain types of damages through a personal injury claim. 

When filing a personal injury claim, it is prudent to be certain you seek the appropriate amount of damages for your losses. The amount to which you could be entitled depends on various factors, including your injuries, expenses and emotional duress. In order to maximize your claim and fight for the full amount you deserve, it may be helpful to seek advice before you move forward.

What is loss of consortium?

If you recently lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence in Texas, you have the right to sue the negligent person or entity for causing your loved one’s wrongful death. Among a variety of things for which you may be able to receive compensation, you likely can receive damages for your loss of consortium.

As FindLaw explains, loss of consortium means the loss of the numerous intangible things your loved one provided you, such as the following:

  • Love and affection
  • Care
  • Companionship
  • Advice and counsel
  • Guidance

Top 4 chemical hazards oil and gas workers face

At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz in California, we know the many dangers and hazards you face as an oil and gas worker. In addition to the ever-present dangers of fires, explosions and blowouts, you likewise face exposure to a variety of chemicals on a daily basis.

As set forth by Code Red Safety, here are the top four chemicals that pose the greatest risks to your health.

Why is driving at night so dangerous?

When you drive along Texas roadways during the day, natural light helps you to see what is going on around you. Once the sun sets for the night, however, the lack of natural light can make it difficult to see objects in the road, signs, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other drivers. Although the roadways are illuminated by streetlights and headlights, it is often harder to drive in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to die in a car accident while driving at night than you are during the day.

The very lights that are designed to help you see in the dark can lead to temporary blindness. If you look directly into the oncoming headlights of an approaching vehicle, you may have trouble seeing for a few seconds afterward. Furthermore, the lack of light can make it hard to determine the speed and distance of oncoming traffic. You may inadvertently pull out in front of another vehicle that you thought was further back or not going as fast.

Don't believe everything you hear about motorcycle safety

You have your own reasons for riding a motorcycle. You may want to save money by using a more fuel-efficient vehicle, or you may simply enjoy the solitude and freedom. No matter your reasons, you also understand how vulnerable you are on your bike.

Since other drivers are not always looking out for you, you have to look out for yourself. This means knowing what safety advice is helpful and what is myth. When you are in an accident, you want to know the precautions you have taken are going to improve your chances of escaping without injury.

What you should know about drowsy truckers on the road

In Texas and across the nation, Americans rely on large trucks to deliver essential goods. It is crucial that there are quality, well-trained truck drivers on the road to maneuver these giant vehicles through traffic and ensure you and everyone is kept safe on the road. Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and may pose a serious danger to other vehicles and people if they are not handled correctly. In an attempt to minimize the number of people who are killed and injured in large truck accidents across the country, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posed regulations on how long a trucker can stay behind the wheel before taking a rest or break.

The problem lies in the fact that a number of truckers ignore the hours of service regulations and spend more time driving in an attempt to increase their paycheck or to meet tight deadlines when delivering goods. Furthermore, there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States, causing trucking companies to keep their truckers out on the road for extended periods of time to keep up with heavy delivery demands. All of these issues are a direct contributor to the problem of drowsy truckers on the road.

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