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Just a bruise? Head to the hospital for your safety

Everyone has said it at least once in their lives, "It's just a bruise!" While most people assume bruises aren't serious, the truth is that a bruise can result in dangerous complications.

After you're in a car crash, some bruising is likely. You may have bruising from the seat belt, impacts to your neck, head or back, or other bruises. If that's all that you think is wrong, you might pass on going to the hospital, but that's not a good idea. Your bruising could be more serious than you think.

Wearing a helmet on a motorcycle could save your life

When you regularly ride a motorcycle in Texas, you probably know a thing or two about safety already. You know that wearing the right gear, often leather, can protect you if you crash or slide while on your motorcycle. You know that taking steps to make yourself more visible can help protect you from negligent drivers in larger vehicles. You probably even understand the importance of a helmet, but do you wear one? Every year in Texas, several hundred people die while driving motorcycles. In 2015, the most recent year with state statistics available, more than half of the people killed weren't in helmets.

Wearing a helmet won't protect you from the bad decisions or ignorance of other drivers. A helmet won't stop someone from merging into a lane where you're driving or protect you if someone turns abruptly in front of you because that person didn't see you. However, wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of sustaining serious or fatal injuries to your head and brain in the event of an accident.

Broken bones from car wrecks can cause permanent health issues

Motor vehicle collisions can result in very serious injuries. For some people, it can seem like a stroke of luck that their injuries only included a broken bone. After all, unlike head injuries and spinal damage, broken bones can heal over time. For the vast majority of people, that is true.

However, a small number of people who suffer trauma to an extremity, like an arm or a leg, can develop more serious medical conditions as they heal. In these cases, what initially seemed like a broken bone can end up becoming a medical issue that lasts a lifetime and may even preclude the victim from returning to work.

Do you know how to spot a drunk driver?

As you make your way down the road, you must pay attention to everything happening around your vehicle.

Despite the best efforts of the state of Texas and its many law enforcement officials, drunk driving remains a problem.

Improving your visibility could save your life

Riding a motorcycle comes with a unique set of dangers. Without the protective casing of a car, you are at greater risk for serious injuries if you become invo lved in an accident. Some of the most common ways to reduce risk include attending rider safety courses, wearing a helmet and staying alert while riding.

Another important safety measure to take while you are riding is to stay conspicuous. In general, motorcycles are almost invisible to people behind the wheel. Many accidents occur simply because a driver did not see a motorcycle. Regardless of the dangers, you still have the right to be on the road.

Accidents with commercial trucks can cause serious injuries

Commercial trucks pose a serious threat to those who are driving typical passenger vehicles. Despite efforts by the federal government to create better safety regulations for those who drive commercial vehicles, the number of serious accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as semitrucks, has increased in recent years. More people are being hurt in accidents with larger vehicles.

Those who experience a crash with a large commercial vehicle are at increased risk of death or severe injury when compared with the truck's driver or those involved in passenger vehicle crashes.

4 ways life changes after a brain injury

You're riding your bike to the grocery store on a beautiful, sunny day. You're near the side of the road, where you should be if there's no bike lane, and you're obeying traffic laws. Just as you get close to the store, a driver turns left across the lane next to you, never seeing your bike and slams into you. Your helmet flies off, your head hits the pavement, and then you wake up in the hospital.

You've suffered a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI. There's been bleeding on your brain and you've been in the hospital for a week. You're going to pull through, but doctors warn that life may never be the same. Below are four ways life can change:

Tips to keep your teen driver safe

Your oldest son has just started his driving course and you know that it will not be much longer before he has his license. You have spent the last 16 years doing everything you can to keep him safe and very soon he is going to drive away without you.

New drivers are at the greatest risk of being involved in a car accident. This is mostly due to inexperience. Fortunately, there are tips you can share with your teen driver to help keep him safe on the road. However, no matter how careful he is, there is always a chance that he will become the victim of another driver's negligence. If this happens, it is best to contact a local Texas attorney for advice on filing an injury claim.

Even parked cars can be dangerous, spontaneous fire reveals

What would you do if your car suddenly burst into flames? For one Georgetown family, this isn't a hypothetical situation.

Shortly before Christmas, a Nissan Murano parked in the driveway of a family's home started smoking. Luckily, some people working on the yard next door spotted the smoke in time to alert the family, KVUE reported, and they were able to call the fire department.

Beyond distracted: Does Snapchat encourage reckless driving?

An alarming spike in car accident fatalities has traffic safety analysts concerned. For the first time in forty years highway fatalities have jumped over 10 percent in 2015. Recent numbers are showing that the outlook for 2016 is not any better. As traffic deaths climb analysts look at smartphone apps, such as Snapchat, as a cause.

Distracted driving has increased almost as much as traffic fatalities this past year at 8.8 percent. More drivers can be seen browsing their Facebook, reading the news and playing games while sitting in traffic. These apps are leading to the rise in distracted driving, but other apps can be even more dangerous. Snapchat has come under recent scrutiny for encouraging reckless driving. The app has an infamous speed filter which can track your miles per hour and display it on the screen.