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Attention Texas motorists: There is no safe way to text and drive

You may have experienced a time or two while driving in Texas where a tone rings out from your cell phone, letting you know that someone has just texted you. It can be quite tempting to log in, just to see who it was, but doing so is not only illegal in most states, it also places you and all others nearby at great risk for collision.

As a licensed driver, you're responsible for knowing what the laws are and obligated to adhere to all traffic and safety regulations in Texas and any other state you travel through. The bottom line is that there is no safe way to use a hand-held electronic device while driving. It is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents. If a texting driver causes you injury, you have recourse through the legal system.

Fatal auto accidents: 9-year-old killed on way to school

A young Texas girl was apparently looking forward to her first day of being a fourth grader, but she was killed in a tragic accident before she ever got to school. Auto accidents that result in death are typically devastating, but are especially traumatizing when the victims are young children. Although the community has expressed their financial support to the family, a wrongful death claim could potentially provide more secure, just compensation. 

The 9-year-old girl posed for a picture just minutes before the accident. A 32-year-old woman was driving the vehicle, and the young girl was accompanied by her older brother and a 3-year-old child. It is not clear if the driver or younger child were related to the victim. 

5 Important Things To Do After A Car Accident

After an auto accident, your mind may race in a thousand directions. Even if the damage is minor and you do not notice any injuries, the scene may be chaotic with emergency responders, onlookers and police. You may face dozens of questions and feel uncertain of the answers to any of them.

What you may not realize in all the confusion is that what you say and do – or fail to do – may have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the situation, your insurance claim and any legal action you may decide to take afterward. It is easy to make mistakes when your adrenaline is running high, so it may be helpful to know the steps legal advisors most often recommend after a car accident.

Police reports provide helpful information following a car crash

A seemingly ordinary day suddenly becomes an unforgettable one -- for all of the wrong reasons -- after a car accident. In addition to dealing with property damage stemming from the crash, injuries can easily disrupt your life.

If the accident was the result of another driver's carelessness, it is within your rights to seek to hold the other driver accountable for your injuries through the civil court system. Getting a copy of the police report on your crash can be an extremely helpful part of this process.

Auto accidents: mother killed, students injured in school lot

Most parents would do anything to protect their children, and one Texas mother recently did just that. Police say that she was struck and killed while in her children's school parking lot. Three children were also hit in the wreck, although they all survived with injuries. Auto accidents like this are understandably traumatizing for family members and the community at large. 

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m., presumably shortly after school had let out. Two of the three children -- all of whom are 7 years old -- were related to the mother. At some point as they were crossing the parking lot, an older driver accelerated without warning and hit all four. The mother apparently died while still at the scene. 

Compensation for catastrophic injuries is possible

Suffering an injury can be devastating. From work to school to home, every facet of your life may be affected. This carries a heavy mental burden for most Texas victims who may suddenly find themselves unable to support themselves financially. If your catastrophic injuries were the result of another person's negligence, you may be able to get compensation for your damages. 

Whether you were hurt in a severe car wreck, from an employer's negligence or other type of accident, the outcome is the same -- you are hurt and suffering. Besides physical pain, you are probably also dealing with an onslaught of medical bills that you cannot pay because you are out of work. Even after you recover, catastrophic injuries often limit victims' future earning potential. All of this comes together to severely limit your future financial security. 

Slip-and-fall accidents common result of slick floors

Property owners in Texas are responsible for maintaining safe environments that are free from hidden dangers. When there is a potential safety risk, proper signage should be displayed to protect visitors. Any failure to adhere to these standards can present serious risks and may lead to unwanted incidents, such as slip-and-fall accidents or other dangerous accidents.

A visitor to a Texas hotel is suing the establishment, alleging that he suffered serious injuries while on the Choice Hotels' property. The incident occurred on Oct. 22, 2017 and, according to his complaint, involved a slippery substance on the floor outside of an elevator. There was apparently no signage or any warning that the floors were slippery, which put all guests in the hotel at risk.

Is fatigued driving as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving?

Texas readers are aware of the significant risks and dangers associated with drunk driving and distracted driving. These types of negligent behaviors are a threat to the health and safety of everyone on the road, greatly increasing the chances of an accident. Most people are unaware of another problem that could ultimately cause them harm — fatigued driving.

Fatigue is a problem that affects many drivers. In fact, most drivers get behind the wheel while tired from time to time. However, there is a difference between being a little sleepy and endangering everyone around you due to exhaustion. If you believe your car accident was the result of a fatigued driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation through a civil claim.

You can claim various damages following car crashes

As you travel toward town, your mind races a mile a minute past all of the tasks you must do today. However, all of a sudden, a large bang breaks your train of thought. Then, you feel pain. You have just been involved in a car accident.

Sometimes, these types of car crashes happen due to the negligence of another motorist on the road. For instance, perhaps the other driver was speeding or texting while driving. In this situation, it is within your rights to pursue various kinds of damages as part of a personal injury claim in Texas.

Owner charged following attacks, dog bite injuries

Even for the most dedicated animal lover, a dog attack can change everything. Many people continue to suffer the emotional trauma of a bite long after the incident, and this is on top of dealing with dog bite injuries, which tend to be severe. In some cases, a dog owner may even be held criminally responsible for the attack.

An attack on a Texas mailman led to criminal charges for an Army veteran. The incident happened back in Jan. 2018 while the mailman was attempting delivery of a package to the dog owner's door. For unknown reasons, the dog became suddenly aggressive and bit the man three times, one of which was on the foot. When animal control showed up with a seizure warrant, the dog again became aggressive and attacked an animal control supervisor. The dog was finally subdued after an attending officer used a Tazer on the animal.

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