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Alcohol, drug use common among truck drivers

While on the road, you have likely seen many truck drivers. These drivers have professional obligations to meet, and they spend much of their lives on the road trying to get from one destination to the next. Some people may think that truckers have it easy just sitting behind the wheel all day, but the strain of their jobs have serious side effects.

For many, being on the road for so long can cause stress, loneliness, depression, fatigue and many other issues that could affect the way they drive. Unfortunately, to combat many of these undesirable feelings, some truck drivers turn to alcohol or drugs for various reasons. This not only puts their own well-being at risk but also the well-being of you and others on the road.

The ultimate holiday gift for family loved ones?

As a prudent and sound-thinking Texas resident, you're into averting and not promoting disasters, right?

We know that readers of our estate planning blog posts at the established central Texas law firm of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer in Killeen peruse our entries for accurate and relevant information concerning estate-linked matters.

How should victims of medical malpractice proceed?

As a patient under the care of a doctor, you assume that he or she is providing you with quality care. You believe the doctor diagnosed your condition correctly and is giving you the right treatment plan for your specific medical issue. When a care provider is negligent or reckless, it can lead to significant patient harm. This is medical malpractice, and it could be grounds to pursue financial compensation through a civil claim. 

If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, you may be wondering what you should do next. What do you need to get better and move forward? How can you hold liable parties accountable? There are specific things you can do that will allow you to put a strong case together and fight for the justice you deserve.

Unwanted distinction: Texas leads nation in this undesired category

Everything is bigger in Texas.

Have you heard that expression before? A quick dash to a google search will readily confirm that many people have, with the saying being referenced by a number of different media outlets.

Did you know sleepiness could point to head trauma after a crash?

In the aftermath of a car accident, it can be difficult to fully assess how you feel and whether you suffered injuries. If you do not have any obvious signs of trauma, like intense pain or open wounds, you may think that you escaped the event without harm. However, that may not necessarily be the case.

Many people do not realize that they have suffered injuries after a car accident because hormones coursing through their bodies have masked the pain and other symptoms. As a result, you may have foregone medical treatment or told a doctor that you felt shaken up but otherwise okay after a crash.

Spotlighting U.S. vets’ medical care repayment woes

A pro-veterans nonprofit group has reportedly paid more than $100 million in medical bills owed by vets over the past handful of years.

That is a lot, obviously, and certainly sounds like it might have reasonably wiped out all the outstanding health care-linked exactions.

Recovery could be problematic after an open fracture

Whether you are a pedestrian, passenger or driver, being involved in an accident can result in a variety of serious injuries. One that is most serious is an open fracture, also called a compound fracture.

This type of broken bone is unusual because it pierces the skin. The force of the break pushes the bone out through muscle, soft tissue and skin. As you can imagine, your recovery from this type of injury could take some time. However, it isn't just the injury itself that makes an open fracture more serious and sometimes problematic.

Texas parents might want to note this annual safety campaign

Texas residents might understandably feel overwhelmed and just flatly fatigued by the incessant onslaught of writ-large public campaigns and linked underscoring of various causes and subject matter.

Put another way: It might reasonably seem to many that there is a nationally designated day or week each year for just about everything.

What might reduce rear-end crash risks involving big trucks?

Nothing is more obvious concerning a commercial truck operating on American roadways than its outsized dimensions compared with other vehicles sharing the road.

Except perhaps this: the typically severe injury consequences for third parties who suffer in accidents involving big rigs.

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