The Top 5 Things You Need to Know to Protect Your Family If a Serious Car Accident or 18-Wheeler Truck Crash Happens
On Thursday, February 16th in Waco, there were multiple wrecks on Interstate 35 involving cars and an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck. Several people were injured and, according to police, one person was killed.
None of us want to believe that this could ever happen to us or our family. Unfortunately, serious wrecks happen every day all over the country. In our over 30 years of experience representing families who have been involved in major wrecks causing serious injuries or wrongful deaths, we have learned several things that may help you protect your family if you are involved in a serious vehicle crash. Here are the top five things you need to know to protect your family if a serious car accident or 18-wheeler truck crash happens:
1. Call 911 and Get Medical Help for Everyone Involved in the Wreck
If you are able to move without injuring yourself or anyone else, check to make sure that others who were involved in the accident are okay. If someone is unconscious or complaining of inability to move or neck or back pain, it is better not to move that person until qualified medical personnel get to the scene.
Driving can be a hazardous business, even if you yourself are a safe and careful driver. A recent story published on the website of Waco’s KCEN TV illustrates this. Two people were seriously injured in Harker Heights, southwest of Waco, when a car rear ended another and knocked their car into oncoming traffic. The rear-ended car was hit by a pickup truck that rolled over in the accident, ejecting the truck’s driver. Read the rest »
While many people have an irrational fear about traveling by plane or jet, most people don’t think twice hopping in their car or truck and turning the key. In reality, the chances of being in a plane crash are tiny. Being in a car accident, on the other hand, is something most of us will experience at least once in our lives. Read the rest »
Memorial Day traffic was heavier this year than it has been in half a decade, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Based on incoming data about traffic accidents, deaths, and injuries, researchers are predicting that this summer will see more car accident deaths and injuries than previous years.
Already, experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Williams & Brown LLP are watching the news carefully. A recent Fox 6 news report announced that there have been seven confirmed traffic deaths in the state over the Memorial Day holiday. Law enforcement officials are still tallying the number of injuries caused by holiday crashes. Read the rest »
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the country’s largest public-interest group for Americans age 50 and older, offers online and in-person driver safety classes. Experienced Texas car accident lawyers, many of whom are also AARP members, recommend these classes for a number of reasons. You do not have to be an AARP member to take an AARP course.
The classes offer a “refresher” on driving safety as well as specific points for older drivers to consider. Courses cover topics like following the current rules of the road in your state, practicing defensive driving techniques, and accommodating common age-related changes that affect driving skills, like vision changes, loss of hearing, and slower reaction times. Read the rest »
Excitement over Google Glass’s potential as a safer alternative to texting while driving is probably misplaced, say researchers at the University of Central Florida. A recent study reveals that drivers who use Google Glass behind the wheel aren’t any better at spotting and avoiding potential accidents than drivers who are texting on their smart phones.
Texting while driving is one of the top causes of the fatal accidents that every experienced Texas car accident lawyer has handled in his or her career. One University of Utah study found that drivers who were texting reacted to road hazards in very similar ways to drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent – the legal limit for drunk driving. Read the rest »
Most new Texas parents have heard that a rear-facing car seat is the safest option for small children, and many have purchased rear-facing car seats specifically so their child can ride safely in their vehicle. But why are rear-facing car seats the best option – and what is the best way to use them to protect a child’s safety in a car accident?
With help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), your experienced Texas car accident attorneys can explain:
- The rear-facing seat protects the child’s head, neck, and spine in a crash. During a crash, the momentum of the moving vehicle throws everyone and everything forward. A rear-facing seat “catches” the child’s delicate head, neck, and spine, protecting them from impacts and reducing the risk of long-term brain and spinal cord injuries. Read the rest »
Labor Day marks the official end of summer for many Texas families. It’s tradition to celebrate this patriotic holiday with backyard barbecues, parties, and other get-togethers. Unfortunately, these festivities often mean an increase in the number of drunk drivers on Texas roads as well.
Drunk driving costs U.S. residents billions of dollars each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA estimates that the economic costs alone from drunk driving crashes total $47 billion, or about $152 per person nationwide. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed a new standard that would improve the safety of commercial bus passengers in the event of a rollover crash. Although rates of death in rollover accidents have dropped significantly in passenger vehicles, they remain high in bus rollovers, prompting experienced Waco bus accident lawyers and other concerned groups to take bus rollover risks seriously.
The new standard would require improved structural safety in buses, including better design of emergency exits. The goals of the new standard are to reduce the risk that a bus roof will collapse during a rollover, crushing passengers, and to help ensure that emergency exits can still be used even if the bus has rolled over. Read the rest »
The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released its 2014 edition of Injury Facts, a report that offers a detailed look at injury and death rates from various causes nationwide. Founded in 1913, the NSC, like many experienced Texas injury attorneys, takes a keen interest in finding better ways to prevent injuries in U.S. homes, businesses, and public places.
Just a few of the “more surprising” statistics in the 2014 edition of Injury Facts, according to the NSC, are: Read the rest »
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