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The most important damages you will claim after a car accident

After hearing news articles about multimillion-dollar personal injury verdicts, Texas car accident victims are understandably curious about the "dollar value" of their car accident claims. For this reason, the first question on the minds of people hurt by negligent drivers is usually: How much money can I pursue in my injury claim?

The problem is that answering this question is not that simple. No two motor vehicle accident scenarios are ever the same. Some have minor injuries, some have catastrophic or fatal injuries, and they all have different events that transpired before the crash. All of these facts, and many more, will affect the amount of money a plaintiff can pursue as car accident damages, and often the full extent of these facts is not revealed until well into the litigation process.

Motorcycle drivers need to watch out for reckless drivers

Standard passenger vehicles like cars, vans, station wagons and SUVs are supposed to share the road with smaller vehicles. In Texas, motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles can all legally drive on public roads, and motorcycles of a minimum size can also drive on highways, freeways and interstates.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers who fail to understand that sharing the road means checking for smaller vehicles, like motorcycles, and yielding to them when they have the right of way. Staying safe when you ride is important to everyone who loves you, including your family.

Chest injuries: A common problem for car accident victims

Let's say you were driving to work early on a Monday morning. You wanted to get a head start on some reports your boss asked you to prepare, so you made it your goal to get into the office by 5 a.m. What you didn't count on was the fact that you'd be sharing the road with a drunk driver.

A man in a pickup truck came flying out of nowhere, straight through a red light and t-boned your compact car. You were lucky to survive, but not without suffering severe chest injuries. What you've now come to discover is that chest injuries are some of the most common problems suffered by motor vehicle accident victims.

Distracted drivers: Your texting days are over

Every Georgetown driver has seen their fellow drivers texting or using a smartphone while driving down the road. Just look to your left or right and you'll see countless drivers with their noses buried in their cellphones.

The problem with this behavior is the fact that it's far more dangerous than drunk driving. Although extremely deadly and dangerous, intoxicated drivers tend to watch the road carefully. Conversely, drivers using digital devices will take their eyes off the road for multiple seconds at a time. This creates a recipe for disaster -- as these distracted drivers might not notice obstacles until it's too late.

Keeping teen drivers safe over the 100 deadly days of summer

Texas parents may not realize that the period from Memorial Day through Labor Day is considered to be one of the most deadly periods of the year for inexperienced teenage drivers. As such, it's come to be known as the "100 Deadly Days of Summer."

The spokesperson for the National Safety Council (NSC) reported that in 2015, 991 teens, ages 15 to 19, died in motor vehicle accidents in the three months of June, July and August.

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.