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MADD: Texas the top entrant on an undesirable list

This calculation supplied by the Texas Department of Transportation prominently leads a recent media report and is just startling for its sadness and implications.

The DOT stunningly notes that, “Every 20 minutes, someone on a Texas roadway is injured or killed in an accident involving alcohol.”

Is the truck driver next to you using illegal drugs?

Part of the reason that driving a big rig is a tough job is due to the amount of responsibility, the isolation and the long hours. You would expect truck drivers to take seriously their duty to everyone on the road, and many do, but others turn to illegal substances just to make it through the day.

The governmental agencies overseeing the trucking industry do what they can to make sure that those behind the wheel of these massive vehicles are not taking illegal drugs, but some say the testing method widely used in the industry is inadequate. In fact, the Trucking Alliance, also called the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, says that somewhere around 300,000 truckers should not drive due to drug use.

Veterans benefits: entitlements earned through honorable service

Today’s Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer blog post leads with a query centrally directed to a Texas audience.

That is this: Why -- if at all -- should questions surrounding military service benefits spell a front-burner concern for residents spanning the state?

Chances are, you'll encounter drunk drivers on Texas roadways

Being a licensed driver in Texas has its benefits but also its downsides. For instance, you've likely sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic a time or two. That can be a great source of frustration, especially if you're already late for an important meeting. Danger often lurks on busy highways as well. Another driver's irresponsible choice or negligence can have lasting, if not permanent consequences in your life.

If you were to state what you believe the top 10 dangers happen to be when driving in Texas, you might be one of many people who would include drunk drivers on the list. In fact, knowing the signs of drunk driving might help improve your chances of avoiding a collision. It's also a good idea to know where to seek support if a problem arises on the road.

Special considerations surrounding pedestrian accidents, injuries

The deep Central Texas legal team of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer (with offices in both Killeen and Temple) advocates with passion and demonstrated results on behalf of injured parties across the state.

We note our commitment to do so succinctly on the firm’s website, noting therein that, “We stand up for the victims of accidents.” Our attorneys’ collective experience spans decades and spans the virtual universe of personal injury matters. That ranges broadly from injuries tied to motor vehicle crashes and medical malpractice acts/omissions to premises liability incidents (e.g., slip and fall), work-related mishaps and more.

Delayed symptoms after a car accident should be taken seriously

Being in a car accident can leave anyone feeling shaken. At first, you may not think that you suffered any injuries, and after providing all the necessary information to the other driver and any police officers who arrived, you may still feel shaky but well enough to go home.

While it can be up to you whether to seek medical attention after a car accident, it is important to monitor yourself after the incident, even if you do not immediately believe that you were hurt. Some injuries can have delayed symptoms, and as a result, you may not feel the pain or discomfort of them until hours or days after the accident.

Could autonomous trucks be the key to safer roads?

Trucks are large, heavy vehicles that play an important role in the American economy and in Texas. They are also capable of causing significant damage in collisions with smaller vehicles thanks to the aforementioned size and mass. Truck accidents are a concern for every person on the road, and there is a lot of conjecture regarding what could reduce the number of these types of incidents. 

Autonomous vehicles are coming, and that also includes autonomous trucking. There are certain benefits to having trucks that could drive themselves to make deliveries, but there are also serious concerns that come with them, too. You may want to learn more about these vehicles and how they may be a key component to reducing accidents and making the roads safer for everyone.

Is a health care power of attorney really that important?

The short answer to this question is absolutely. Without a doubt, a power of attorney can save your life. It may seem a little dramatic that a document could do that, but in many cases of serious illness or injury, time is of the essence.

In the absence of powers of attorney for health care and finances, those closest to you must go before a Texas court in order to obtain the right to make decisions on your behalf. Your loved ones may not even be able to get the information they need about your condition without court permission first. Even with emergency court procedures that shorten the time, a lot could happen to your health and finances while they wait.

Are you eligible for VA disability benefits?

Even if you never saw battle during your military service, your enlistment demonstrated that you were ready to face danger to uphold the freedoms of our nation. During the course of your service, you faced countless risks, each with many opportunities for you to suffer serious or debilitating injuries.

If you returned home with an injury or illness resulting from your military training or active duty service, you may be fighting a different kind of battle while trying to obtain disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. Since these benefits may be critical to your financial stability, especially if you are struggling to pay medical expenses and can no longer work, understanding the application process and where to turn for help is critical.

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