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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.

Suffering from work injuries? Get the compensation you deserve

There is a distinct satisfaction of putting in a day of hard work and being financially compensated for your time. When something interferes with a person's ability to continue working and providing for him or herself -- such as a workplace accident -- it can be devastating. Even more upsetting for some Texas workers is the realization that their employer might not participate in workers' compensation, making it more difficult to receive compensation for their work injuries.

Under Texas law, employers do not have to take part in the state's workers' comp system. So where does this leave injured workers? Medical bills mount quickly, and lost wages from time spent recovering only further complicate the matter.

Know your options if you were injured in a pedestrian accident

You walk into a crosswalk one day, your mind on your long to-do list for the afternoon. All of a sudden, you see a car approach you speedily. Naturally, you assume the driver will see you and step on the brake, but that does not happen. The next thing you know, you are lying on the ground in pain.

Pedestrian accidents often happen due to the carelessness of drivers. Fortunately, if a negligent driver strikes and injures you while you are legally walking through an intersection or anywhere near a road, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries. The important thing is to know what steps to take to protect your rights and interests after an accident.

Who actually pays for dog bite injuries?

Suffering an animal attack is a traumatic experience. While the immediate, physical injuries are often the focus of recovery, many Texas victims also experience tremendous emotional suffering. Animal lovers might suddenly fear specific species or breeds they once adored, while others may no longer feel comfortable around their own pets. Recovering compensation for dog bit injuries can be overwhelming too, particularly when the dog's owner is a friend or neighbor.

There are options for victims who are hesitant to place the financial burden of compensation on a dog's owner. Depending on where the victim was when the bite occurred, a number of insurance policies might cover the payout. For instance, if a dog bites a person on his or her owner's property, the homeowner's insurance should apply. In 2012 alone, approximately 16,500 dog bite claims were filed with homeowner's insurance. Bites that occur off of the owner's property might also be covered.

Slip-and-fall accidents -- not so funny in real life

A well-timed fall might be comedic gold during a movie, but the real-life implications of an unexpected tumble can be devastating. Many victims of slip\-and\-fall accidents suffer lifelong complications and injuries, which can be both financially and emotionally draining. To fully address these issues, it is often necessary to seek just compensation from negligent establishments.

One Texas woman is doing just that in her lawsuit against an area barbecue restaurant. According to her suit, she had entered the restaurant on June 2016 with two purposes -- to enjoy a meal and to speak with a manager regarding a past experience in the establishment. During that visit, she claims that the manager asked that she help herself to a drink. She slipped and hit her head soon after.

Protect yourself from the uninsured and underinsured

Auto insurance is expensive. Most people purchase some level of auto insurance, though, because they want protection in the event they are in an accident, or if anything happens to their vehicles. On the flip side, there are those who choose not to buy it, drive anyway and hope for the best. The result is both uninsured and underinsured drivers on Texas roads.

Those who do purchase auto insurance are often unaware that their full coverage policy is far from what it sounds like. If you have a full coverage policy, now may be a good time to really look into it to make sure you are actually covered for everything. A basic policy just is not going to cut it.

Auto accidents: 1 dies in crash involving distracted driver

Distracted driving is a major concern and the consequences of such negligence can be substantial. Those who divert even a portion of their attention off the road can drift in and out of lanes and travel hundreds of feet without being aware of what is happening in front of them. This has been the cause of countless auto accidents over the years, and a recent incident involving an apparent distracted driver has claimed the life of a woman in Texas.

Police have advised that the incident took place just before 10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. According to reports, the driver of a wrecker took his eyes off the road for a moment and subsequently rear-ended another vehicle. The initial collision caused her vehicle to strike a nearby car, and although she was rushed to the hospital shortly after the incident, she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Pedestrians face considerable risks when walking near roads

Walking is a great way to get exercise. If you live in an area where the majority of your destinations are within walking distance, you may choose to travel on foot for daily commutes to work or to run errands. You are not alone in doing so.

Sadly, pedestrians can face considerable risk when walking along or near roadways. Even when these roads have crosswalks and do not have heavy traffic flow, pedestrians could still end up in serious accidents that lead to severe injuries or even death. In fact, individuals on foot are 1.5 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a car accident than vehicle occupants.

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