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Texas accident lawyerWhen a large commercial vehicle like a bus collides with a smaller vehicle, the consequences can be severe. For example, a VIA bus collided with a parked pickup truck on the 2400 block of Ruiz Street in San Antonio. A woman was in the pickup truck when it was hit by the bus. Then the bus pushed the pickup truck into three other parked vehicles. The woman had to be removed from the mangled pickup truck and transported to University Hospital with serious injuries, according to My San Antonio.

Unfortunately, serious accidents involving large buses and other commercial vehicles are quite common. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were approximately 4,311 fatal accidents involving large trucks and buses. That represents an eight percent increase in deadly accidents when compared to 2014. If that was not bad enough, the number of fatal wrecks involving large trucks and buses has jumped by 26 percent since in 2009.

Steps to Take After an Accident

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Texas accident lawyerOn September 1, a long-awaited texting and driving ban became law in Texas, after being proposed three times before and being vetoed or dying in committee each time. Texas had been one of only four states without a texting and driving ban of any kind, but after several high-profile accidents, including a March collision between a texting driver and a bus full of elderly people, lawmakers pushed it through. While most people are pleased due to the decreased likelihood of dangerous accidents, others are confused and want to ensure they do not accidentally fall foul of the new law.

Statistics and Caveats

This bill is seen as a win, albeit a partial win, for ban advocates. The most recent available data shows approximately 110,000 automobile crashes in Texas during 2016 that involved distracted driving, with texting & driving being arguably the most common root cause of that distraction. Over 3,500 serious injuries and fatalities resulted from those crashes, of which the highest percentage was aged 16-34. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and StopDistractions.org were active in the fight to get the bill passed, arguing that such a rate was simply too high, especially for young people.

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Texas car crash lawyer, Texas injury attorneyNothing is as scary as being involved in a car wreck, especially when you are the victim. The moment you are hit, shock mode ensues, causing you to either freeze up or jump into action. Even if you are fortunate enough to respond to the adrenaline rush with swift action, it is not at all uncommon to experience forgetfulness or the inability to focus on attention to detail. This can be problematic when the need to take notes is time sensitive. Your observations immediately after a collision have the potential to make a significant difference in the outcome of your case later on, once the accident has been reported and any court hearings take place.

What to Do the Moment You Are Struck

There are a number of actions you can take the moment you are struck to increase your chances of protecting your rights later on, but three of the most immediate ways you can protect your best interests include the following:

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Texas injury attorney, Texas nursing home abuse lawyerRecently, a video was released of an in-home caretaker physically abusing her 94-year-old patient in Texas. The video shows the caretaker yelling at the patient regarding feeding the dog and repeatedly hitting her on the head before ordering her to go to bed. The video is a shocking display of abuse. But what makes matters worse is that the patient’s situation is not unique. According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 individuals over the age of 60 suffer a form of elder abuse, including physical violence.

Elder abuse can lead to civil and criminal lawsuits in Texas. If you know of a friend or loved one who has been physically or sexually abused, do not hesitate to reach out to the New Braunfels personal injury and elder abuse attorneys of the Bettersworth Law Firm. We have years of experience helping our elderly clients receive the care they need and holding those who hurt them responsible.

Texas’ Crime Victims’ Institute Findings

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas accident lawyer, Texas car crash attorneyLast month, a vehicle carrying the driver and one passenger crashed into a utility pole and gas line in New Braunfels. The accident caused a serious gas leak resulting in a road closure and two home evacuations. Crews worked hours to repair the damage. The driver and passenger both fled the scene of the accident and were later arrested and charged. While property damage may have been minimal outside of the gas leak, the crash is an example of the unexpected damages that can occur from collisions. Negligent drivers can be held liable not only for damage to other individual’s cars during collisions, but also for damage to personal and government property.

Property Damage to a Vehicle

After an auto accident, you are entitled to recover compensation for your damaged vehicle. Most insurance providers will pay out the difference between what your car was worth before the accident versus what it is now worth after the accident. This may simply lead to the insurer paying out the cost of repairing your vehicle or if it is totaled, compensating you for the value of your vehicle.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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