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Exact cause of Texas motorcycle accident not yet known

Texas intersections are high-risk areas. Even if there are traffic lights or stop signs to help regulate traffic, a driver who is distracted, intoxicated or reckless places everyone in the vicinity at risk for serious injury. While the exact cause of a motorcycle accident that recently occurred is not yet known, the incident is an example of how dangerous crossroads can be.

There were reportedly two vehicles involved in the recent collision. Any number of issues may have caused the motorcycle and sport utility vehicle to collide. Serious injuries were suffered, and two people were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for emergency care. Investigations that typically follow intersection collisions often take weeks or months to complete.

Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are often fatal

Another Texas collision resulted in a fatality on a recent Sunday evening. The incident is believed to have been caused by a motorist who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. Alcohol affects every person's body differently; however, when it comes to driving, all motorists are legally bound to the same traffic laws. Sadly, many of the worst motor vehicle accidents in this state and others include alcohol as a causal factor.

A 30-year-old man who was beloved in his community was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles involved in the recent collision. He worked as a correctional officer and was well-known for the many hours he volunteered in his community as a youth football coach. The husband and father of three survived the initial impact of the crash.

Wrongful death litigation often follows accidents like this one

Tragedy struck in Texas this week after a young couple got married at a courthouse. The pair had dated each other off and on since they were in their youth. Moments after they left the courthouse, they were involved in a deadly collision. In situations like this, family members of fatally injured accident victims often file wrongful death claims in court.

Officials say another vehicle slammed into the newlyweds' car as they drove away from the courthouse. Sadly, the same justice of the peace who presided over the wedding ceremony moments earlier pronounced the couple, ages 19 and 20, deceased at the scene of the crash. To make matters worse, the groom's mother witnessed the collision, intensifying the sorrow of the situation and leaving her with emotional scars she says she will carry the rest of her life.

Why you should never post about your car accident on social media

Millions of people post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day. While these websites make for useful tools to stay current on what happens to your friends and family members, the platforms can also work against you in court. Courts today are happy to accept social media posts that both work for and against you, and they can spell devastation in a car accident claim

You may want to inform your loved ones about the collision as soon as possible to let them know you are okay. However, it is best to leave all the details surrounding your case private. You can call or text anyone who definitely has to know about the incident. Otherwise, you risk doing more harm than good. 

Texas drivers who are negligent may face wrongful death claims

Every licensed driver in Texas or any other state must adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations each time they get behind the wheel. Such laws may differ from one state to the next, so it is up to an individual driver to make sure he or she is fully aware of the laws in the state where he or she is planning to drive. Driver negligence or reckless behavior often results in fatalities; such tragedies also often lead to wrongful death claims when grieving family members of deceased accident victims seek justice on their loved ones' behalf.

Perhaps you are one of the many people in this state who have received an unexpected phone call informing you that a loved one was in a car accident. Whether he or she initially survived the incident or had already succumbed to his or her injuries, the shock and sorrow of that day likely lives on in your heart and mind, still. If you, like many others who have experienced similar situations in the past, later learned that the driver who hit your loved one was texting at the time or had consumed copious amounts of alcohol before driving, you might understandably feel frustration and anger.

Texas 18-wheeler accidents often leave unanswered questions

When a collision occurs on a Texas highway or roadway in another state, it is not always immediately apparent what or who may have caused it. In fact, in many cases, such as 18-wheeler accidents, there are often more questions than answers until investigators are dispatched to an accident scene to do their job. Sometimes, it takes them weeks, even months, to determine the exact cause of a particular incident.

In a recent multiple-vehicle tragedy, a family was traveling through Texas on their way to a vacation on a cruise line. Preliminary investigations show that a van carrying numerous occupants was moving in the left lane while a tractor-trailer was traveling in the right lane directly adjacent to it. At some point, and for reasons still unknown, the vehicles collided.

18-wheeler accidents reveal unlikely heros

People driving through the great state of Texas are surely familiar with the possibility that tractor-trailer trucks may be in close proximity to smaller passenger vehicles in traffic. These large trucks are used to move goods all over the United States, and are usually not a problem for other drivers. Unfortunately, 18-wheeler accidents sometimes occur, and when they do, the results can cause severe injuries to victims, and lots of damage to property. 

Recently, a woman was driving along a Texas road when suddenly, an 18-wheeler changed lanes in an inappropriate maneuver. This mistake caused the car in the next lane to flip over a concrete barrier, and the out-of-control truck soon followed. The truck began to leak fuel, and a hazmat team was quick to respond. 

Aggressive driving could cause 18-wheeler accidents

According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a significant number of lives are lost nationwide, including Texas, as the result of aggressive driving by commercial vehicle operators. The sheer size and weight difference between cars and big rigs limits the chances of car occupants escaping severe injuries or worse during an accident. It is not uncommon for 18-wheeler accidents to be fatal.

The NHTSA's definition of aggressive driving is the operation of a vehicle in a manner that endangers or threatens to endanger other people or damage property. Typical driving actions of aggressive CMV drivers include speeding and driving too fast for weather and traffic conditions. These drivers tend to make themselves guilty of improper passing and failing to signal, using the emergency lane or the shoulder to pass, and excessive and impulsive lane changing without signaling intent.

Most dangerous intersections in Dallas

Dallas is a major metropolitan area. As such, it is prone to frequent, and often dangerous, car accidents. One crash involving multiple vehicles took place a few weeks ago. The crash was the result of a drunk driver.

For drivers around Dallas, it is paramount to be vigilant at all times to avoid traffic collisions. However, motorists need to be particularly vigilant around specific intersections in the city. For a variety of reasons, the following intersections are the most dangerous in the city, as stated in a 2017 report

Common road hazards that cause motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists in Texas and across the country need more skills and coordination than drivers of automobiles. This is particularly true given the road hazards with which bikers often have to cope. Roads that pose little or no threat to drivers of four-wheeled vehicles could cause motorcycle accidents with devastating consequences.

Both slick and rough, bumpy surfaces are dangerous terrain for bikers. Roadways in disrepair, such as potholes, or where construction work is underway present concerns for bikers. Even road surfaces in otherwise prime condition pose deadly hazards when wetness, leaves, oil or antifreeze cause them to be slippery. Painted surfaces, trolley tracks and crosswalk lines can also present issues for motorcyclists.

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