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The dangers of a sideswipe car accident

As a driver, you know that you can be involved in a motor vehicle accident at any point in time. You also know that there is more than one type of crash to be aware of.

A sideswipe accident occurs when two vehicles traveling in the same direction are involved in a collision. While some of these are nothing more than minor fender benders, others can be extremely serious.

Steps to take after a rear end car accident

Every time you take to the road you know that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident.

Fortunately, there are times when your quick thinking can help you avoid trouble on the road. An example of this would be the ability to quickly move your car out of the way if somebody changes lanes without signaling.

Do you know how to pinpoint a drunk driver?

Just because you are sober when behind the wheel doesn't mean that every other driver is the same way. There are people out there who have had too much to drink, thus making it dangerous for them to operate a motor vehicle.

Here are some of the many signs that a person is driving drunk:

  • Tailgating
  • Swerving into and out of traffic
  • Floating from lane to lane
  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Almost striking an object, such as a road sign or parked vehicle
  • Straddling the center lane marker
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with the moves they make
  • Stopping for no reason
  • Driving the wrong way on a one way street
  • Driving in an area that is not for vehicles, such as a sidewalk or bike lane

Truck-train collisions are a particular concern in Texas

Texas has the unfortunate distinction of having more railroad crossing crashes than any other state. Last year, 22 people were killed in 232 crashes between vehicles and trains. There were 82 injuries. We were followed not so closely behind by California, which had 167 crashes but 52 deaths. Safety experts say that truck drivers are in particular danger.

Trucks headed to east Houston's Greens Port Terminal need to cross railroad tracks to reach their destination. The hundreds of big rigs that pass over the tracks every day have to get their entire vehicle across the tracks without stopping.

Brain injuries after a car crash are very serious

Brain injuries are horrible injuries to deal with. They can impact every part of your life. Making sure that you know what to expect might help you to cope better with the effects of this life-changing injury.

Car crashes, which account for around 35 percent of these injuries, are the leading cause. With this in mind, you should make sure that you keep an eye out for signs of these injuries if you are involved in any car crash, even if you don't think that you hurt your head.

There are 4 reasons why truck accidents happen

As you share the road with commercial trucks, you need to realize that an accident could happen at any time. Even if you do your best to keep your distance and avoid trouble, a trucker could make a serious mistake that puts you, among others, in a dangerous position.

Here are the four most common causes of a truck accident:

  • Truck driver negligence. This is exactly what it sounds like. It's when a trucker acts in a negligent manner, such as by speeding or running a red light.
  • Trucking company negligence. An example of this would be a trucking company that hires unqualified drivers, thus putting anyone on the road with these people at risk.
  • Truck maintenance. Trucks require quite a bit of maintenance in order to keep them in good operating condition. Some truckers and truck companies fall short in this area.
  • Design defects. If a manufacturer designs a defective truck, it could lead to an accident at some point in the future.

Do you know the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash is a serious neck injury that occurs as the result of rapid back and forth neck movement. This often comes into play when a person's vehicle is struck from behind by another.

There is no guarantee that a rear-end auto accident will result in whiplash, but this is something to think about if you find yourself in this position.

Hours of service limitations intended to reduce truck accidents

No one wants to get into a serious motor vehicle crash. The only thing more frightening to the average driver than the idea of a collision is the idea of getting into an accident with a massive commercial truck.

These huge vehicles, while critical the modern economy, present a serious risk to the average passenger vehicle. It only takes a few seconds of distraction or negligence for a commercial truck driver to turn in front of or merge into a much smaller passenger vehicle. When that happens, the people in the smaller vehicle are at higher risk of injury or death than the commercial driver.

Delivery truck drivers are not always careful

Do you live in or around the Houston area? If so, you know that sharing the road with delivery trucks is a way of life. This is true both on the highway and on city streets.

While most delivery truck drivers are cautious at all times, others don't take the same approach. Instead, they do whatever it takes to meet their deadlines, even if it means putting others at risk.

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