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What are your rights as a pedestrian in Texas?

There are many legalities that prove to be complex and confusing, especially when they are state-specific. If you are traveling on the streets of Texas, there are pedestrian laws you’ll want to know. Pedestrians laws are intended to help enforce safety on Texas roadways. We can all help avoid pedestrian accidents by obeying these laws.

Texas has specific laws that not only apply to drivers, but also pedestrians regarding marked and unmarked crosswalks.

Staying safe when sharing the road with trucks

When driving on the highways, you are at an unfortunate disadvantage if involved in a crash with a larger vehicle. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial trucks have large blind spots, long stopping distances and limited maneuverability when operating.

Being a truck driver is not an easy job, as it takes a lot of skill to navigate an 80,000-pound rig through various driving conditions. As a small vehicle driver, it can be scary sharing the road with big commercial vehicles. You may benefit from educating yourself on how to safely share the road with trucks.

What Are My Rights as a Passenger in a Car Accident?

If you are injured while a passenger in a car involved in an accident in Texas, you should know your legal rights. More than 80,000 people are injured each year in crashes in Texas. Passengers in car accidents have important rights, but many people do not take advantage of the rights provided by law and are left with medical debt.

The Importance of Taking Pictures After a Car Accident

Right after you are in a car accident, your heart may be pounding, and you may be nervous, scared or in shock. Some people describe feeling numb, disoriented, confused, or disconnected. The first thing you should do is check the condition of yourself and your passengers. If it's just you, check to make sure you can move, you're not trapped, and you are able to call 911 for help. If you have passengers, check to see if they are all conscious, alert, and able to respond to you.

New Law Enforcement Training for Self-Driving Car Accidents

While autonomous vehicle makers offer big promises for safer, more efficient roadways, there is good reason to be concerned about the risks. Many policymakers and law enforcement agencies are currently reviewing how to handle self-driving vehicle and car accidents. This is no longer merely a theoretical question.

Infotainment Systems Increase Distracted Driving Issues

Distracted driving accidents are on the rise in Texas and throughout the United States. As the Dallas Morning News reported, highway safety experts believe that distracted driving is one the primary factors behind a sharp increase in the number of serious car accidents in recent years.

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