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TX motorcycle lawyerOne recent night almost turned deadly for a woman riding a motorcycle near Loop 410 and Culebra Road, when she struck a van leaving a parking lot and sustained serious injuries. She was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, and while law enforcement told the press that no charges are expected to be filed in this specific incident, it is still worth noting that these types of crashes are sadly common. If you are injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle, you can be left with serious injuries, and while the van driver here was blameless, that may not be the case in your crash.

Motorcycling Can Be Dangerous

The most recent available data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimate that approximately 420 motorcycle drivers and passengers were killed in 2018, which is a drop of around 16 percent from 2017’s numbers. It is also relevant that a lower number of motorcycle riders were not wearing a helmet at the time of their crash - multiple studies show that helmet use can save lives, though Texas law currently makes their wearing optional for anyone over age 21 if they have completed a safety course.

While sometimes, motorcyclists can fail to take safety measures to protect themselves, motorcycling can be dangerous even if a rider is helmeted and obeying all traffic laws. Drivers, unfortunately, do not always share the road very well, with many accidents occurring because an automobile driver fails to watch their blind spots or check before turning. While the van driver in the Culebra Road accident was held blameless, it is very easy to have a situation where fault could be placed on a driver in that position for negligently failing to make sure the road was clear.

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Posted on in Personal Injury

TX injury lawyerRecently, a young boy sustained “non-life threatening injuries” after an ATV and a pickup truck collided in West Bexar County, though his younger sister escaped injury. The children were riding an ATV in the 5500 block of Pioneer Estates (near Highway 90) when their vehicle was struck by a pickup near the intersection. While riding ATVs is an enjoyable hobby loved by countless Texans, it can still be hazardous, especially since many drivers do not pay attention to the road, and it is important that you understand your options if you are injured.

ATVs Should Not Be on Public Roads

Riding ATVs is a common hobby in Texas, though you may not ride them on public roads. An Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) license is required, and ATVs should only be ridden in approved areas. However, sometimes the law is broken, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas registered the third-highest number of fatalities in recently available data sets. It is also worth noting that recent research shows that public roads are infinitely more dangerous for ATV riders than off-road venues; more than 60 percent of all ATV fatalities occur on public roads.

While sometimes ATV riders do not keep to proper off-road venues, drivers on public roads are also ill-equipped to handle riders who do show up on public roads. It is common for drivers to not notice smaller crafts like ATVs and motorcycles, especially when turning or changing lanes, and this lack of awareness definitely helps in boosting the number of injuries and fatalities for ATV riders. In many of these cases, there may be fault on both sides - which should not deter you from seeking compensation for any injuries you have suffered.

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TX accident lawyerOn a recent morning, a car and a big rig collided on southbound I-35 near Cesar Chavez Street, necessitating the closure of all lanes for part of the morning. There were no injuries reported, but this is unusual for 18-wheeler accidents, as the amount of weight involved can be deadly. If you have been in an auto accident with a semi-truck, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Truck Accidents Are Deadly

The most recent available data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimate over 26,000 crashes involving large trucks in that year, with a disproportionate number of them resulting in injury or fatality. This is due to many different reasons - one is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has documented a pattern of truck drivers operating their vehicles for longer than association regulations recommend. Another is the simple weight involved when 18-wheelers have accidents; especially with a full cargo, much more is involved than there would be with two smaller vehicles.

Texas, in particular, has high numbers of truck crashes, both because of the state’s sheer mileage of roads (leading to more traffic), and because many of those roads are rural (which in turn, increases the likelihood of speeding and other forms of reckless driving). However, both truck drivers and auto drivers may drive recklessly and wind up culpable for accidents.

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

TX accident lawyerBetween 2016 and 2019, city officials in Austin saw a significant drop in traffic-related deaths, but the statistics for 2019 show that the totals are rising again, especially among pedestrians. This rise is understandably concerning for drivers, pedestrians, and everyone who shares Austin’s roads, and it is important to understand the nature of the situation so that you can take steps to protect yourself.

Vision Zero

In 2015, over 100 people were killed on Austin’s roads - drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and others - and the city acted appropriately, creating the “Vision Zero” plan and patterning it after previous successful initiatives like the one mounted in New York City. Vision Zero plans advocate a number of small changes that are generally seen as common-sense in the first place, such as lowering one’s speed by 5 mph or double-checking for pedestrians and cyclists even when not at crosswalks.

The plan was to reduce traffic deaths to 0 by 2025, and for the years immediately following the plan’s adaptation, fatality figures did decrease, getting down to 74 in 2018. However, in 2019 the figure shot back up to 88, which may not sound like much, but it is around a 15 percent increase in one year - and more people losing their lives even after the implementation of a serious safety program is still noteworthy and troubling. The obvious question is why, but it is also worth investigating what people on the roads can do to protect themselves as well.

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TX accident lawyerRecently, a young woman lost control of her pickup truck, causing it to jump the curb at a Valero gas station near the corner of Blanco Road and Jackson Keller Road. No one was hurt, according to law enforcement personnel, but one of the station’s gas pumps was struck and may need repair. While there is no word as of yet as to whether the woman will face charges or a lawsuit, it is important to know that if you are ever in this type of situation, a car accident does not have to involve physical injury or death to be taken seriously. If you cause property damage, you will almost always be on the proverbial hook to pay for it.

A Lawyer Is Not Usually Needed

In many cases, accidents that only do property damage (as opposed to accidents that injure people) wind up being handled by the injured person themselves, because they are considered relatively transactional and easy. In theory, a property-damage-only claim requires nothing more than a simple phone call or two to your insurance company. Texas requires drivers to have what is called 30/60/25 coverage - $30,000 in injury coverage per person, up to $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damages.

Because these matters are usually so inconsequential, most attorneys do not consider it practical to handle claims where only property damage is involved. Too often, the amounts at issue are too small to merit any fee for them. However, there are exceptions, and if your case is one of those exceptions, you may want an experienced legal professional on your side because if things get to that point, it may be too complex a case for you to handle on your own.

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