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Big rigs require much more distance to stop

While many Longview residents probably know this by intuition, the law of physics, specifically momentum, mean that a semi-truck requires additional distance to stop than would a small passenger car. This is especially true when the truck is fully loaded.

The difference in stopping distances between a car and a big rig may come as more of a surprise. At 40 miles per hour, it takes a car about 125 feet to come to a stop once the driver decides to do so. A truck on the other hand takes almost 170 feet to stop.

Here's what drivers should do to avoid hitting your motorcycle

As a motorcycle rider, you do your best to make sure to follow the rules of the road since you are far more vulnerable than those in other motor vehicles with which you share the road. More than likely, you are used to driving defensively because other motorists don't always do the same.

For some reason, some drivers out there don't feel as though they need to give motorcycles the attention and respect they deserve. Regardless of what that reasoning may be, they ought to follow some simple rules to help keep you safe.

Lots of people will be on the road this Thanksgiving

Not surprisingly, the American Automobile Association, or AAA, is predicting another blockbuster year when it comes to the number of people who will be traveling more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving. AAA is predicting that 49.3 million people will take to the highways and roads this Thanksgiving holiday. This is almost 3 percent higher than last year's number and will be the most people on the road since 2005.

AAA indicated that reasonably low gas prices are contributing to the decision of many families to take a trip on what is known anecdotally as the busiest traveling time of the year, even busier than next month's Christmas season. Because of the higher volumes of traffic, AAA has also warned that, especially in some major metropolitan areas, there will likely be traffic jams, even in areas that are not normally prone to congestion.

What is strict liability?

In most cases involving a personal injury, Texas law applies what is called a negligence standard. In plain English, what this means is that for a victim to recover compensation, she must show that someone else acted carelessly and thereby caused her injuries. While negligence also plays a role in products liability cases, the law is actually a little bit tougher on manufacturers and others who design or build consumer products which turn out to be defective or dangerous.

Under the law, a standard called strict liability applies to manufacturers. What this means is that the victim of a defective product need only to prove that the product had a design or manufacturing defect. Even if the manufacturer took every reasonable step to make a safe product, the company will still owe compensation if its product hurts someone.

The number of pedestrian deaths continues to climb

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, released its final report on the number of traffic fatalities across the country in 2018. Although, this report included some encouraging news, it highlighted the fact that pedestrian deaths have continued to climb. At this point, the number of people dying due to pedestrian accidents as it is highest since 1990.

In 2018, 6,283 people died in pedestrian accidents, which was an increase of 3.4 percent over the previous year. Perhaps more alarmingly, in the last 10 years, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased by over 40 percent. By contrast, the number of all traffic-related fatalities has dropped by 8 percent.

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.

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