Motorcyclist in critical condition after Texas accident

According to El Paso police, a 28-year-old woman was traveling westbound on Artcraft Road when she attempted to make a left turn onto Westside Drive and collided into a motorcycle . The 30-year-old male rider of the motorcycle was ejected from the bike on impact, according to police investigators. After that collision, both vehicles subsequently struck a stationary school bus, investigators said. Authorities reportedly found the motorcycle sandwiched between the car and the bus upon arriving to the scene.

The motorcyclist was injured in the accident, and emergency responders transported him to Universal Medical Center for treatment of injuries that authorities consider life-threatening. Police said the man was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the incident. Reportedly, the driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Accident investigators stated that the car driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the motorcycle caused the accident.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders are involved in accidents on Texas roads every year, and many of these accidents are caused by negligent or reckless drivers. Because the structure of motorcycles does little to protect riders during collisions, the injuries motorcyclists suffer are often serious, requiring costly medical care, physical therapy and prolonged absences from work while they heal. For this reason, victims of motorcycle accidents often retain a personal injury attorney to hold at-fault drivers accountable for the resulting damages via a civil suit.

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Pedestrian Accidents Are Common

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 70,000 people were injured by motor vehicles in pedestrian accidents in 2010. Tragically, 4,280 victims were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That’s roughly one pedestrian death every two hours.

Pedestrian accidents are especially common in large urban areas like Houston. People walking on the city’s streets are often not easily visible to motorists, particularly drivers of larger vehicles. Many motorists are also distracted by the use of cellphones to make calls or send text messages. Heavy traffic congestion can also lead drivers to become impatient; they might ignore traffic lights or otherwise put pedestrians at risk.

Even when pedestrians practice basic safety rules, such as always crossing at crosswalks and looking both ways, people who are walking on Houston streets are at serious risk of being struck by a vehicle. Personal injury laws can allow pedestrians who have been hurt to pursue compensation for damages.

How Do I Prove My Case?
Recovering damages following a pedestrian accident typically requires providing a significant amount of evidence. Texas law has particular requirements regarding what documentation is needed and how it should be submitted.

Materials that may be necessary to make a successful case include:

  • Police report. A police report detailing what happened in a car accident can be persuasive toward proving a pedestrian’s claim, particularly if it very clearly labels a motorist as being at fault in an accident.
  • Witness accounts. An eyewitness who was able to see what happened from the vantage point of the street could provide valuable information about a pedestrian accident.
  • Photographs. Photos from the scene, including the intersection where the accident occurred, can also be powerful evidence — especially if a crosswalk was clearly marked.
  • Proof of damages. Victims in pedestrian accidents will typically have to prove that they suffered physical, emotional or financial losses as a direct result of the accident. This proof can come in the form of hospital bills or other medical records. Evidence of lost wages can also be important. Finally, in the tragic instance a family member is killed by a motorist, documentation of funeral costs could factor into a personal injury case.

Find A Legal Advocate Who Will Fight For You
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle while walking, you are likely recovering from potentially serious injuries. You may also be dealing with stacks of medical bills, piles of insurance paperwork and stressful phone calls from agents pressuring you to settle a case. You might feel under-informed and overwhelmed, unsure how to best advocate for your rights.

When you work with a Houston car accident lawyer, you have someone on your side. An attorney can work with an insurance company on your behalf, fighting for fair compensation while keeping your personal injury rights intact. In the event of deciding to file a lawsuit, to recover damages, a lawyer will have investigative resources to prove another party is liable for the damages.

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Hit By A Drunk Driver

Drinking And Driving: A Deadly Combination
Someone is injured or killed by a drunk driver every 20 minutes in the state of Texas. If you have been struck by an intoxicated motorist, you know the resulting injuries can be devastating. Even more tragic, if you’re mourning the loss of a loved one killed by a drunk driver, you understand that the trauma is unlike any other in life.

Victims who are impacted by a drunk driver typically struggle to deal with an accident, often wondering how such a thing could have happened. After all, public awareness campaigns to stop intoxicated driving have been in place for decades. Everyone is clearly aware that drunk driving causes car accidents, yet too many people — rather than utilize a designated driver or call a cab — choose to get behind the wheel impaired.

How Alcohol Impairs Driving
Under state law, a person whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher is considered to be legally intoxicated. This level of alcohol consumption can impair drivers in many ways, all of which can be dangerous on the road.

Alcohol seriously impairs a driver’s ability, creating:

  • Loss of judgment. Mental functioning is impacted by alcohol, potentially leading individuals to experience a loss of reasoning abilities or a failure to recognize the need for caution.
  • Loss of concentration. Consuming alcohol impairs concentration, especially when it comes to performing multiple tasks at the same time. As a result, a driver may struggle to simultaneously keep a proper speed while maintaining appropriate road position. Car accidents involving texting or passenger distractions are also common.
  • Reduced reaction times. Alcohol affects small-muscle control, including functioning of the eyes. Such impairments can hurt depth perception and lead a driver to misjudge distances or demonstrate slower reaction times when traffic hazards occur.
  • Poor motor coordination. Drivers may have difficulty steering or staying in control of a car due to impairments in their large-muscle functioning.
  • Comprehension failure. A person under the influence of alcohol can have difficulty interpreting traffic signals or signs, potentially leading motorists to make unsafe decisions on the road.

While it is commonly understood that legally drunk drivers are often held responsible for auto accidents, many people don’t realize that a motorist can experience driving impairments with a blood alcohol level as low as .02. This means victims of accidents may be able to show that another person is responsible for the accident even if they had only a single drink.

Struck By A Drunk Driver? Get Help.
An accident with an intoxicated driver can result in catastrophic, life-long injuries. You may face the prospect of an extended rehabilitation process, which may or may not allow you to make a full recovery. Mounting medical bills, car repair costs and lost wages might all be hurting your household finances.

While it cannot undo the consequences that result from being hit by an intoxicated driver, filing a civil lawsuit represents one route that can allow you to be compensated for damages. If you decide to pursue justice for you and your family in this way, an experienced attorney can serve as an informed advocate throughout the personal injury process.

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Injured By A Texting Driver?

According to a 2011 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of motorists admitted to receiving or sending text messages or emails while driving. This figure has dramatic implications for public safety on roadways. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study shows that a person is 23 percent more likely to get in a car accident while texting.

Texting is a major cause of car accidents because it reduces attentiveness in three ways. First, drivers must look away from the road. Second, motorists must have at least one hand off of the steering wheel. Third, texting diverts cognitive attention from decisions that must be made on the road.

Reflecting concerns about the dangers of texting while driving, recent laws have made it illegal in some areas of Texas. In addition to being held legally responsible, drivers who text may also be liable for damages they cause in auto accidents.

What Texting And Driving Looks Like
It’s relatively easy to spot people who are busy texting while driving. Their faces may not be visible as they bend down to look at their phones. Many of these motorists are steering with their knees, and their attention seems to be focused anywhere but on the road.

These factors can lead to dangerous roadway behaviors, including:

Inconsistent vehicle distances. Looking down may not allow a person to see when traffic slows. A driver may strike (or nearly) strike a vehicle that is in front of him or her.
Moving around in a lane. Texting drivers often move about within a lane. Often with neither hand on the wheel, they’re unable to maintain a consistent path within traffic.
Crossing beyond lane lines. Motorists who are distracted by texting may veer over a traffic line, potentially causing a collision with another vehicle.
Reduced reaction time. Texting drivers are often slow to see and recognize roadway hazards. They may be forced to brake hard, thus increasing the potential for accidents.

While drivers of all ages text while driving, it is young drivers who most often engage in the behavior. Text messaging among novice drivers can be especially dangerous given these motorists’ relative inexperience behind the wheel. Acknowledging this fact, Texas state law prohibits texting, and cellphone use of all kinds, among drivers who are under 18 years of age.

When Texting Causes Car Accidents
If you’ve been in an accident involving a texting motorist, you may feel anger or resentment. It can be painful to know that another person’s irresponsible actions are the cause of your physical injuries and emotional suffering. It might not seem fair that you’re the one who must somehow deal with expensive medical bills, car repair costs, and other expenses. Maybe injuries keep you from working, and lost wages are harming your family’s financial standing.

Filing a personal injury lawsuit is one way to hold another person accountable for their actions. An experienced lawyer can help you recover compensation for damages associated with a car accident involving texting or another cellphone-related car accident. An attorney will collect evidence supporting your claim, including eyewitness interviews and phone records that show a person was texting or talking.

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