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Report: Texas drunk driving problem is round-the-clock

While many people in the Longview area may intuitively think that drunk driving is a problem that happens in the evening and overnight hours, statistics tell a slightly different and surprising story. Across the country, and between 2013 and 2017, there were over 3,900 fatalities related to drunk driving that happened during the so-called brunch hours, that is, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a time when most do not think drunk driving is a problem.

Moreover, the same report showed that, overall, over 10 percent of all deadly car accidents, which happened during these hours involved at least one drunk driver. In Texas, the problem with daylight drunk driving is quite a bit worse than the national average. Among all fatal accidents in this state which happened between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., almost 17 percent involved a drunk driver.

Should I report my car wreck to the insurance company?

The period of time following an accident can be confusing. Suddenly you are dealing with injuries and insurance companies when maybe all you were trying to do was get to work safely. Dealing with the aftermath of a car wreck is not an impossible process, though. Understanding accident and insurance laws in Texas can help you get through this trying period in your life.

First and foremost, you should not wait to get medical care. But do you know whether you need to officially report an accident? Or what kind of compensation you might be eligible for? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are considering filing a personal injury claim.

Deadly Texas accident involved semi

An accident on an Interstate west of the Longview area left one woman dead and another person injured. The person who suffered injuries received treatment at the scene of the accident, but the full extent of her injuries was not disclosed.

According to reports, the accident happened during the morning rush hour. Police said that the semi-truck struck a much smaller Kia Soul, ultimately pinning the Kia underneath the body of the truck. The victim who died was described as a young woman in her early twenties. Authorities reported that an autopsy was pending.

Compassionate support after a tragic loss

Oftentimes, the last thing a Texas family wants to think about after they lose a loved one in a tragic and preventable accident is filing a lawsuit. On the other hand, the reality is that bills and expenses from a loved one's death will quickly add up. Medical professionals and funeral directors will want to get paid for their services. Moreover, if the person who died was a breadwinner, his or her family will start to feel the financial pinch of not having that income which they were counting on.

Finally, although hard to put an exact dollar figure on, an unexpected death causes a lot of emotional heartache and other non-economic loss. Families deserve compensation for these costs as well. With over 40 years of legal experience, our law office fights hard for the families of those who died due to the negligence or even recklessness of another person.

Why do other vehicles violate motorcyclists' right of way?

According to the National Safety Council, in most cases where a motorcycle and other vehicle collide, it is the driver of the other vehicle's fault for violating the motorcyclist's right of way. This fact serves to reinforce that drivers in the Longview area need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists.

There are many reasons why drivers often fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. In many cases, because motorcycles are small compared to other vehicles, drivers simply do not see them coming.

Survey: bad tech habits common among Millennial drivers

Anecdotally, Millennials, that is, those born in the 1980s through the mid-1990s, are more adept at using technology.

Being the first generations in which the internet and cell phones, including smart phones, were not just luxuries, people who are currently in their late 20s and 30s just see technology more as part of their daily lives.

Rear-end trucking accident sends motorists to the hospital

A truck accident which happened south and west of Longview during the overnight hours left two drivers seriously injured. After the accident, both the driver of the semi involved in the accident and the driver of a private passenger vehicle had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in a nearby urban area.

First reports suggested that the collision involved the driver of the big rig slamming in to the passenger vehicle from behind. According to the law enforcement officers investigating the accident, the passenger car was traveling in the left lane and began to have some technical problems.

The number of traffic deaths is staggering

Each year, several organizations put out their estimates of how many people died in traffic accidents. It is easy in this respect to get lost in all of these numbers, especially when there is no context for them.

For instance, between 2000 and today, 624,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents and 30 million others have been injured.

Federal regulations help prevent truck driver fatigue

Any motorist who is trying to operate on the Texas roads or highways without adequate sleep is putting both himself and others in great danger. In the worst cases of truck driver fatigue, the driver will literally fall asleep while at the wheel, making a serious collision almost inevitable.

In other cases, a tired driver may stay awake but zone out and wind up making a serious or even fatal mistake.

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