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Understanding comparative negligence after a crash

As a Texas driver, you likely head out with the expectation that you will arrive safely at your destination. Unfortunately, for a small fraction of the people on the road, that isn't what happens. Instead, they wind up hurt in a motor vehicle collision that leaves their vehicle damaged and their body injured.

If the situation involves someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, someone texting or making poor driving decisions, such as running a red light, you probably think that you have a clear-cut case for a personal injury lawsuit.

Eating or drinking while driving can cause serious crashes

You are a cautious driver, which is why you always park when you eat fast food. You know that you could take the food and drive off, eating while you travel, but the extra few minutes won't impact your travel much or make you so late that it's inexcusable.

Knowing how you are with food and drinks in your vehicle, you were shocked when you were struck by another driver. That driver was eating behind the wheel and had spilled something on themselves. The person reacted to the spill, looking away from the road, and that's all it took to cause a collision.

A "beware of dog" sign could bolster your Texas dog bite case

The average dog is a friendly companion who can offer love, entertainment, opportunity for exercise and even protection. Unfortunately, like humans, dogs come in a variety of temperaments and backgrounds.

Some dogs have mental health deficiencies that may make them more likely to suddenly become aggressive. Other animals may have had a difficult or abusive upbringing that inclines them toward violence in certain situations.

Concussions can have lasting consequences

After an accident, victims often shrug off the possibility of injuries in order to close this unfortunate chapter of their lives. They may focus more on the necessary car repairs than on their own potential health crises.

This, however, can be incredibly dangerous. In the case of some closed head injuries, ignoring the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to life-threatening complications that require immediate surgical intervention to survive.

You can still file a lawsuit against convicted drunk drivers

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to be tragic, but those involving impaired drivers can cause catastrophic injuries. Impaired drivers can make serious mistakes, ranging from driving the wrong way on a one-way street to speeding in a reckless manner. Other people can wind up hurt or even killed because of what an impaired or drunk driver does on the road.

For those affected by drunk drivers, there are many options available for justice. The most important thing to understand is that you don't have to choose only one. If Texas has brought charges against the driver, it doesn't mean that you can't also seek justice separately. In fact, a criminal conviction could make a personal injury lawsuit easier.

How do you put an accurate price on injuries that you suffered?

If you wind up severely injured, it can be very difficult to fully grasp the impact of the injury at first. Whether you got hurt due to a car accident or negligent property maintenance on the part of another person, an injury can have long-lasting and complex consequences for the person who suffers it. This can make accurately pricing the impact of that injury incredibly difficult.

Unfortunately, an estimate of the financial impact of the injury is necessary if you want to seek compensation from the party responsible for said injury. There are many factors to consider, ranging from provable financial impacts to more complicated costs. Putting an accurate figure on all of these considerations is necessary if you hope to receive adequate compensation for your injury.

The importance of an aggressive legal strategy after an injury

Suffering a serious injury, whether it is to the head, spinal cord injury or a compound or spiral fracture, typically means you will have a long period of convalescence and a lot of medical expenses in your future.

Focusing on the positive during your medical journey is important, as the right attitude can encourage your health care providers to give you the best standard of care. Remaining positive can also keep you focused on your recuperation, during physical therapy and even while you rest. However, you will need more than a positive attitude when it's time to seek compensation for your injuries.

Highway deaths involving big rigs are on the rise

Whether you are traveling on Interstate 35 or another of the major thoroughfares in and around Austin, at any given moment, you are likely to be driving near one or more semitrucks. Should an accident occur, if a big rig is involved, injuries to occupants of passenger vehicles can be catastrophic or even fatal.

In fact, while highway deaths are overall on the decline, the same cannot be said for fatalities in crashes involving semitrucks. Along with highway deaths in urban areas like Austin, last year saw an uptick in fatalities with large trucks.

Traumatic brain injury: Things you need to know

A traumatic brain injury has the potential to alter your life. For this reason, it's imperative to understand the finer details of the injury, including the type of treatment that gives you the best chance of making a full recovery.

The first thing you need to know about a traumatic brain injury is that it requires immediate medical attention. If you have any reason to believe you've suffered this type of injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, don't delay in calling 911.

Seniors, statistically, are less safe on the roads

Drivers deal with any number of potential hazards on the road every day. From potholes to animals attempting to cross the street, just about anything can impact the safety of your daily commute.

In order to keep themselves safe, people often engage in risk management by avoiding situations that could be dangerous. People also learn to look for drivers who could pose more risk than others.

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