Motorcycles and Right of Way in Texas

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 21st, 2016

Motorcycles and Right of Way

Motorcycles provide their riders with a sense of exhilaration and freedom on the road. Unfortunately, they have to share road real estate with other drivers who may sometimes be aggressive, inattentive, careless or even drunk.

Unfortunately, motorcycles are no match when it comes to car-vs-motorcycle accidents, and riders generally have little to no protection from impacts. Most of these accidents tend to be catastrophic, and it’s not uncommon for motorcycle riders to lose their lives in low-speed collisions.

Have you been injured in a Dallas motorcycle accident? You may be able to collect money damages through a personal injury claim. Please contact Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-659-1620 for your free, confidential consultation.

Statistics show that most car-vs-motorcycle accidents happen due to passenger-car drivers not respecting a motorcycle rider’s right of way. Here are some scenarios:

Car Accidents with Property Damage Only (No Injuries)

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 15th, 2015

Lawyer to Help With Property Damage After an Accident

In most cases, auto accidents do not result in personal injuries. Most accidents simply result in property damage. So do you need a lawyer for a car accident where no one was injured? The answer, surprisingly, is probably not.

More than likely you came to this page with hopes of finding someone who can help you get through the red tape involved after an auto accident in order to ensure no one takes advantage of you. In truth, unless you suffered personal injuries in the accident, it is unlikely you will need to hire an attorney.

Filing a Claim

While a personal injury law firm such as ours can help you file a property damage claim in cases that also involve personal injury, the claims process is pretty straight forward with regard to property damage. First and foremost, there is very little leeway in claims for property damage. This is unlike personal injury claims when insurance companies use a variety of methods in order to contest the value of the claim.

UPS Truck Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 8th, 2015

UPS Truck Accident Lawsuits

Many Texans depend on the services of delivery companies to send and receive packages. One such delivery company that’s not far from everyone’s lips is the United Parcel Service.

UPS has received its fair share of criticism due to the number of car accidents involving their drivers. In the last 24 months alone, UPS trucks have been involved in more than 750 accidents where someone was injured, and over 60 where someone was killed (according to the FMCSA's SAFER company snapshot).

UPS runs a fleet of nearly 100,000 delivery vehicles. Established in 1907 as a way of meeting the demand by consumers for a delivery service that is both convenient and affordable, the company is now a billion-dollar wordwide entity serving over 220 countries.

Causes of UPS Truck Accidents

Given the massive and continuous demand for package delivery, UPS truck drivers in Texas have to work extremely hard to make sure that packages are delivered in a timely manner. This put immense pressure on the drivers to "do what it takes" to make sure that the job is done. This may include driving long distances without rest, speeding, making quick turns even neglecting to set the parking brake when making a delivery.

Truckers Continue to Text & Drive Even Though It's Illegal

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 6th, 2015

Texting Truck Drivers

While not everyone knows this, texting and driving is banned for ALL truck drivers across America.

Regardless of your state’s distracted driving laws, it is illegal for commercial truck drivers to text while driving. Texting and driving is a recipe for disaster. Data shows that a distracted driver is 23.2 times more likely to crash.

Sergeant Bryan Witt of the Texas Department of Public Safety was recently quoted in a news segment for NewsChannel 6 saying that they were still issuing citations for both marked and unmarked units.

FMCSA Texting Ban

The FMCSA, the federal body which governs commercial trucking, banned texting and driving for ALL truck drivers in America five years ago. This, however, hasn’t stopped drivers around the country from continuing the dangerous practice. In one recent example out of Arizona, a police officer died when a truck driver who was looking at photos on his phone crashed into police and emergency cars, resulting in multiple victim injuries and one fatality.

It’s estimated that more than 16,000 truck drivers were ticketed last year alone as a result of texting while driving.

Texas Bills Attempts to Prohibit or Restrict Named Driver Exclusions

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 25th, 2015

Named Driver Exclusions

Insurance companies are always seeking ways to legally deny the payment of valid claims, and the use of “named driver” policies in Texas is so rampant that lawmakers are now looking to put and end to this unscrupulous practice.

In an effort to reduce or eliminate the number of named driver policies in our state, the Texas Legislature has filed two bills: one seeks to prohibit the practice and the other seeks to only allow it under certain circumstances.

Overview of Legislative Action

There are two bills filed in the Texas Legislature in order to prevent insurance companies from legally issuing “named driver” policies in the state. While I strongly believe that named driver policies should be done away with altogether, the 2nd bill acts as a 2nd option of sorts and allows this exclusion only under certain circumstances.

Slight Rise in Fatal 18-Wheeler Accident Numbers

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 10th, 2015

Growing Number of Truck Accident Fatalities

Fatal 18-wheeler accident numbers continue to go up, while overall highway deaths decline in 2013.

Crashes that involve large trucks create serious problems, and even though the increase in 2013 was not substantial, it still indicated an increase in the number of fatalities involving large trucks for the fourth straight year.

Statistical Recap

In 2013, the number of fatalities that involved 18-wheeler trucks increase slightly by 0.5 percent: 3.964 people compared to 3,944 people in 2012. These figures were reported December 19th, 2014, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA).

In spite of the fact that the increase in deaths was small, it doesn’t change the fact this there has been an increase every year for the past four years with 2009 being the last time there was a decrease. According to reports by the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, there was a low point in fatalities in 2009. In 2012 there were 104,000 injuries in accidents involving large trucks, and in 2013 the total number of injuries declined to 95,000.

What State Has the Worst Drivers? Where Does Texas Rank?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 20th, 2015

Worst Driving States

A recent survey carried out by a car insurance comparison company ranked Texas among the top states which have the worst drivers in the country.

The survey looked at several variables such as drunk driving, failure to obey traffic rules, careless driving and speeding, and collated the data to come up with the rankings.

Texas was ranked #3 - third worst! One of the reasons why Texas is featured among the top three happens to be due to the prevalance of drunk driving in our state.

When the KVUE CBS channel decided to interview Texans to find out why the state has such a bad record with regard to driving, most respondents had surprising reasons. Some blamed the fact that "people are moving to Texas from other places in the country and bringing their bad driving with them." Many others opined that mobile phone use was to blame.

Decline in Traffic Fatalities Shows Long-Term Trend

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 9th, 2015

Car Accident Deaths Continue to Decline

Car accidents may be one of the most common causes of deaths, but this trend appears to be on a downward spiral.

While a reduction in highway deaths is great news, there are still many thousands of people losing their lives on the nation’s highways every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Statistical Overview

Between 2004 and 2013 the percentage of fatal traffic accidents in the US declined by nearly 25 percent! Still though, we need to understand that the numbers are still extremely high. The NHTSA reported that there were 32,719 people killed on the nation’s highways in 2013 alone.

The agency also reported that from 2012 to 2013 car accident fatalities went down by 3.1 percent, which takes us to a historic low of 1.1 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Some of the other key statistical factors include the following:

Tie One On for Safety This Season With MADD

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 3rd, 2014

MADD's Tie One On For Safety Campaign

Statistics state that 1 out of 3 Americans will be involved in a car accident at one point in their lives.

The MADD Tie One On For Safety campaign is an initiative which started in 1986 as the organization’s premiere event looking to improve safety on our roads.

The Tie One On For Safety campaign urges drivers to tie MADD ribbons to key chains and car antennas as well as display a red ribbon decal on their cars to remind them to always have a designated driver whenever they go out drinking. Sign up to get your free ribbon!

Drunk driving has been shown to put drivers, car occupants and other road users at risk exponentially. Here are some startling statistics:

Study: Drivers Know the Risks, But Continue to Text While Driving

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 24th, 2014

Texting and driving continues to be a problem, and according to a recent survey sponsored by AT&T, nearly all of those who admit to texting while driving admit they know the dangers. Unfortunately, many of these same people also believe that "nothing will happen to me" while behind the wheel of a car.

Survey Overview

Text and Drive Survey by AT&TThe survey of drivers who admit to texting and driving daily produced alarming results. For instance, 98 percent of those in the survey who admitted to texting daily stated they were aware of its dangers. In spite of this knowledge 75 percent of them admitted they engaged in texting while they were driving in spite of the fact the practice is against the law in some states. Even more alarming is the fact that two-thirds said they read text messages while they were stopped at either a traffic signal or stop sign and more than a third admitted they sent text while the car was in motion.

AT&T released the survey during the first week of November as part of a projected campaign against texting and driving, or (more likely) as a campaign for their new DriveMode app which automatically silences text message alerts when a person is moving at least 15 miles per hour.

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