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January 2019 Archives

How to spot the signs of road rage

Driving alongside other motorists may be hazardous. While you may be driving properly and following the rules of the road, other motorists may not be as careful. This puts your life and the life of others at risk as you attempt to navigate around these hazardous drivers. According to AAA, more than 80 percent of motorists admit to experiencing road rage while driving. Furthermore, aggressive driving was involved in more than 56 percent of all fatal car accidents during a five-year period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Report System. When you are able to identify the signs of an aggressive driver, you may be better able to avoid becoming involved in one of these catastrophic accidents.

When should you accept a collision insurance deal?

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body — and it is also one of the easiest to damage in an auto collision. If you believe that you have a brain injury, or if an impact were great enough to cause one, it could be a good idea to err on the side of caution. Many traumatic brain injuries in Texas go unreported or unnoticed for the first day or two.

Seeking justice through a wrongful death claim

The loss of a loved one is difficult even when his or her death is expected, such as after a long illness. However, when tragedy strikes suddenly, a family may experience a flood of emotions, including rage, confusion and grief. The sudden death of a loved one in an accident may be even more difficult to bear if the accident resulted from the negligence or reckless actions of another.

Speed continues to be a serious and deadly issue

Texas has a problem on the highways, and it is not traffic jams. In fact, according to a recent report, it is just the opposite. Speed is killing people in record numbers and leaving others with life-altering injuries. About one-third of all crashes involve a driver going too fast. Nevertheless, the problem of speeding is not getting much attention these days.

Work-related hand injuries can impact the rest of your life

One of the most devastating injuries you can suffer at work is a hand injury. An injury to your hand can change the course of your life, especially if it involves the loss of fingers or more. Some reports show that over 100,000 workers suffer hand injuries each year that result in lost wages. If you work in an oil field, construction or other industries that involve machinery or heavy equipment, you may be especially susceptible to hand injuries.

When accident injuries lead to shock

When another vehicle collides with yours, it may be long minutes before Texas emergency responders arrive to render aid. If you are conscious, those minutes can seem like hours, and you may try to keep as still as possible while you assess how badly you are hurt. You may be able to recognize if you have a broken bone or a serious cut, but what happens if you are losing blood rapidly or bleeding internally?

What do I need to know about carbon monoxide in my home?

When you rent a home in Texas, your landlord is responsible for a number of things, especially those that are related to your safety. For example, he or she should make sure that your home is built to code and the electrical and plumbing systems are in good repair. You should also have working smoke detectors in each room of the house to warn you of a fire. What about carbon monoxide detectors?

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