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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1173455941-min.jpgDash cameras have been increasing in popularity for years. Nowadays, many people have cameras in their cars. Footage from these cameras can be a crucial piece of evidence in a truck accident injury claim. Most cameras are designed to capture what is going on outside of the vehicle. However, some commercial trucking companies are requiring driver-facing cameras as well. These cameras are used to ensure that drivers are paying attention to the road and avoiding unsafe practices like texting and driving. Proponents of driver-facing cameras also hope that the cameras will reduce fatigued driving.

Cameras on Truck Drivers Continues to be a Controversial Topic

For truckers, driver-facing cameras can feel invasive and excessive. Many drivers feel that having a camera pointed at their face is a violation of their privacy. However, supporters of in-cab cameras argue that the technology can reduce accidents caused by fatigued driving and distracted driving. Some companies even offer a monetary incentive to drivers who allow driver-facing cameras in their trucks.

The purpose of driver-facing cameras is to discourage and capture evidence of unsafe driving. For example, if a driver is nodding and closing his eyes just before a wreck, this may be evidence that the crash was caused by sleep deprivation. If the driver has his hands off of the wheel because he is using his cell phone, this may be evidence of distracted driving.

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New Braunfels Personal Injury AttorneyNursing homes should be places of refuge for older and disabled people. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to meet the high degree of resident care we expect of them. Nursing home abuse and neglect is more common than many realize. Physical and sexual abuse, while horrific, is often easier to recognize than neglect in nursing homes. However, neglect can be just as harmful. Sometimes, nursing neglect is even fatal. If you suspect that a loved one was neglected while living in a nursing home, read on to learn more.

What Counts as Neglect?

Nursing home residents have certain rights under Texas law. Among these rights is the right to be treated with dignity and respect, be free from abuse, and report substandard care within the facility. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are also held to certain standards regarding resident care.

Nursing home neglect can take many different forms, including:

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New Braunfels Personal Injury LawyerSome of the most common types of car wrecks involve one vehicle striking another vehicle from behind. While rear-end accidents often occur at low speeds, they will still involve significant force. In serious cases, one vehicle may strike another at a high speed and cause it to strike another vehicle, or a vehicle may be pushed into an intersection, leading to a collision with one or more additional vehicles. By understanding the potential injuries that can take place in these types of car accidents, victims can make sure they are taking the correct steps to recover financial compensation.

Most Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

When a car is struck from the rear, its occupants may be thrown backward and forward suddenly. This can put a great deal of stress on their bodies, and they may suffer injuries such as:

  • Whiplash - The force placed on a person’s neck may cause their head to snap back and forth unexpectedly. This may damage multiple types of tissues in the neck, leading to strained muscles or stretched or torn tendons or ligaments. The nerves in the spinal cord or other parts of the neck may be pinched or severed. These injuries can lead to a great deal of pain, stiffness, loss of range of motion, or numbness or tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers.

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car accident lawyer in new braunfelsA major crash in San Antonio that involved three cars miraculously resulted in only minor injuries to the eight people involved. Even with minor injuries, however, there may still be medical expenses and property damage to account for. In cases of multi-vehicle accidents, how is liability determined and who is responsible for victims’ losses?

Out-of-Town Driver Gets Lost

The San Antonio crash occurred around 11 p.m. on a Friday night at the intersection of East Commerce St. and East Houston St., near Interstate 10. According to police, a woman who was not from the area become confused at the intersection, trying to figure out which stop light she was supposed to obey for the street she was on. In her confusion, the woman ended up running a red light and smashing head-on into another vehicle. A third vehicle was unable to stop in time and ended up slamming into the woman’s car. Police say all eight occupants in the three vehicles involved in the accident were able to get out safely.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents

There are a number of reasons why multi-vehicle accidents occur. One of the most common reasons is due to distracted drivers who do not see the vehicles in front of them because they are not paying attention and fail to stop, or they lose control of the vehicle and end up creating a pileup of vehicles. Poor road conditions and bad weather can also play a factor. Or, as the above accident shows, a driver who is unfamiliar with an area can easily become confused and cause a crash.

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Hays County car crash attorneyFor many children and adults alike, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer. However, it is also the beginning of what has been dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days” due to the increased number of teen fatalities that occur on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that during the summer months, there are three times as many fatal car accidents among teens when compared to adults.

Any car accident has the potential to be serious and cause injury to yourself or others, but a car accident with a teenager may be particularly severe. If you have been in a car accident with a teenager, here are a few different things that may have contributed to the accident:

Distracted Driving

One of the most common reasons for car accidents in general is distracted driving. The AAA states that distractions play a role in around six out of 10 car crashes, which is much higher than previously thought. There are many different things that could distract a person while they are driving, both inside and outside of the vehicle. Things such as changing the radio, adjusting the temperature controls, directing attention toward another passenger, putting on makeup, eating and/or drinking, and using your cell phone can all pose as distractions while driving.

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