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  • What are some of the common injuries that can occur when involved in a 18-wheeler accident?

    When it’s a battle between an 18-wheeler and a standard vehicle, the 18-wheeler usually wins. Typical cars and trucks don’t stand a chance against the size and wieght of a tractor-trailer and unfortunately—neither do the occupants. Walking away from an 18-wheeler crash without any injuries is hardly ever heard of, and some are more common than others.

    Common 18 Wheeler Accident Injuries:

    Traumatic Brain Injuries

    One of the most common ailments suffered from a collision with an 18-wheeler is a traumatic brain injury. This problem occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to move inside the skull or damages the skull. The results can be catastrophic—potentially causing physical disabilities, behavioral changes, or even comas.

    Spinal Cord Injuries

    Spinal cord injuries occur when a person experiences a sudden impact to that area. The trauma can cause damage to this vital, and sensitive, place on the body, resulting in paralysis and other devastating injuries.

    Disfigurement and Burns

    Shattering glass, blunt force trauma, and gasoline can cause victims of 18-wheeler crashes to experience disfigurement or severe burns. When a tractor-trailer crashes into a vehicle, many objects come rushing towards the occupants, which can cause serious problems when they make contact. Additionally, if a gas tank experiences a leak because of the impact, it can touch a hot surface and cause a fire—possibly burning those inside the vehicle.

    No one ever imagines he or she will become the victim of an 18-wheeler accident, but unfortunately, it can happen and result in debilitating injuries. The treatment for these ailments is extremely expensive, and the costs could become the victim’s responsibility—which isn’t fair.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Truck Accident?

    If you've been injured in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What does sleep apnea have to do with truck driving?

    It has plenty to do with the truck drivers that share our roads. Sleep apnea is a condition where the upper airway is narrow or closed, causing a disruption to your sleep throughout the night. You may then suffer from drowsiness during the day due to a lack of continual night sleep. For a truck driver, this is bad news.

    Our personal injury attorneys have seen enough truck accidents to know that drowsy driving is a significant contributing factor. Avoid a potential collision by knowing the signs of sleep apnea so you can seek medical treatment:

    Signs of Sleep Apnea

    • Daytime drowsiness
    • Unable to stay awake or sleeping at inopportune times
    • Loud snoring
    • Diminished sex drive
    • Irritable
    • Depression
    • Headaches in the morning
    • Getting up to use the restroom numerous times during the night
    • Unable to concentrate
    • Poor memory

    Imagine how difficult it would be for a truck driver to drive several hundred miles each day after his sleep suffers from the above symptoms. If these symptoms seem familiar to you, please seek help. Sleep apnea is a treatable condition. Your decision to seek treatment today could be the answer to preventing a potential Grapevine truck accident.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Truck Accident?

    If you've been injured in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • Can drowsiness really cause a Colleyville teen car accident?

    Yes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens should get nine to ten hours of sleep, but they average about seven and a half hours per night. Lack of sleep causes poor reaction time, poor thinking, and bad vision. It also leads to a low processing speed of information, short-term memory, and sub-par performance. Lack of sleep can act in the same way as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving at night, which subsequently often leads to driving while drowsy, is the biggest risk factor for fatal teen car accidents.

    Here are ways to stay safe and prevent a Colleyville teen auto collision: 

    • Consider how much sleep you have had before getting behind the wheel.
    • If you feel drowsy, pull over to a safe spot and take a 15 to 20 minute nap.
    • If you need to drive a long distance, plan your route with proper rest breaks.
    • Drink caffeine! Two cups of coffee are enough to increase your alertness for several hours of driving.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a Texas car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What helmet safety standards does the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) require?

    Every year, DOT conducts tests with motorcycle helmets to ensure they comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all motorcyclists wear DOT-issued helmets.

    Helmet Safety Standards:

    • An inner liner of one-inch-thick, firm polystyrene foam. If the inner liner is not visible, then you should be able to feel its thickness.
    • The helmet should have a sturdy chinstrap secured with strong rivets.
    • It should weigh around three pounds. Most helmets that do not meet FMVSS No. 218 weigh around one pound.
    • There should be nothing protruding more than two-tenths of an inch from the surface of the helmet.

    Most non-compliant helmets are smaller, lighter, and thinner than what DOT requires. Be aware that an apparent DOT sticker located on the back of the helmet does not necessarily guarantee DOT approval. Some novelty sellers buy counterfeit DOT stickers to place on helmets. Be sure to consider the helmet’s weight and foam-thickness rather than relying upon a DOT sticker.

    Other Indicators of Safety:
    Two other labels you may see inside a helmet are from Snell or ANSI – both of which are private, non-profit organizations. These labels also indicate the helmet meets FMVSS No. 218.

    Another indication that a helmet is compliant with DOT standards is a manufacturer’s label that indicates the model, size, manufacture date, and what the helmet is made of. DOT-approved helmets are required to have this label.

    Your Grapevine motorcycle crash attorney reminds you that finding a good helmet is worth the effort. If a crash should occur, then wearing a DOT-compliant helmet may save your life.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • How many drinks am I allowed to drink to stay under the legal limit?

    Many factors go into how your blood alcohol content (BAC) is affected—weight, if you are on any medication, gender, body fat, and even if you have had anything to eat. In order to make sure you’re safe to drive, we suggest that you do not drink; even one drink has the ability to impair your judgement and driving ability.

    The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Texas is .08 percent. If your BAC is greater than or equal to .15 percent, you will face harsher penalities. If you are under the age of 21, any amount of alcohol content in your blood is illegal.

    Dallas drunk driving crashes are serious. You should always consider the consequences of your actions if you are thinking about drinking and driving.

    Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

    If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Texas you need to speak with an experienced drunk driver injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What Are the Consequences of a DWI in Dallas, Texas?

    Aside from the possibility of causing a Dallas drunken driving crash, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol has legal ramifications as well. The penalties in Dallas are as follows:
    1st conviction

    • Lose your license for 90-365 days
    • Jail time from 72 hours to 180 days (up to two years if driving with a child under the age of 15)
    • Fine of $2,000 (up to $10,000 if driving with a child under the age of 15)
    • DWI surcharge of $1,000/year for three years ($2,000/year if BAC is .16 or above)
    2nd conviction
    • Lose your license for 180 days to two years
    • Jail time from 30 Days to one year (up to two years if driving with a child under the age of 15)
    • Fine up to $4,000 (up to $10,000 if driving with a child under the age of 15)
    • DWI Surcharge of $1,500/year for three years ($2,000/year if BAC is .16 or above)
    • Ignition interlock device is installed in your vehicle
    3rd conviction
    • Lose your license for 180 days to two years
    • Jail time from two to ten years
    • Fine up to $10,000
    • Ignition interlock device is installed in your vehicle

    Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

    If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Texas you need to speak with an experienced drunk driver injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What Are the Signs of a Drunk Driver?

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) dedicates its time to the elimination of drunk driving crashes. In order to succeed, MADD needs the help of the community. The Dallas drunk driving crash lawyers at Hart Law Firm are glad to join in this fight with MADD.

    The first step in the fight against drunk driving in Dallas is to learn how to spot a drunk driver. Here is a list of common characteristics to look for that may indicate an intoxicated driver:

    1. Driving the wrong way on the roadway
    2. Nearly striking another object or vehicle
    3. Quickly speeding up or slowing down
    4. Sudden stopping or braking
    5. Driving at night without headlights
    6. Tailgating
    7. Weaving, zig-zagging, swerving or drifting across lanes
    8. Signals inconsistent with actions
    9. Making illegal or abrupt turns
    10. Driving very slowly
    11. Slow response time

    Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

    If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Texas you need to speak with an experienced drunk driver injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • What Should I Do if I Spot a Drunk Driver?

    The Dallas car accident attorneys at Hart Law Firm hope that you are never part of a Dallas drunk driving crash. In order to prevent a serious injury or tragedy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has offered some tips to help you react appropriately if you are ever faced with a drunk driver.

    • Stay far away from the suspected drunk driver.
    • Do not try to pass the vehicle. Do not try to get the driver’s attention or try to make him pull over.
    • When safe to do so, take down all important information about the other vehicle and its driver, including the make, model and color of the vehicle; the license plate number; and any other distinguishing factors.
    • Call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so; do not put yourself in danger.

    It is scary and dangerous to witness a drunk driver—even if you are out of harm’s way. And remember, just because you have escaped danger doesn’t mean the innocent drivers up ahead are safe. This is why it is so important to notify the authorities if you spot a drunk driver. Only by doing our best to prevent crashes from occurring can we begin to curb drunken driving accidents.

    Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

    If you've been injured by a drunk driver in Texas you need to speak with an experienced drunk driver injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • I am pregnant. Are there precautions I can take to avoid injury in a Grapevine car accident?

    Yes, there are plenty of precautions that you can take while pregnant in order to avoid serious injury to yourself and to your unborn baby. When operating or riding in a motor vehicle, always remember to:

    • Wear a seat belt. 
    • Position the seat as far back as possible from the steering wheel
    • Leave airbags on while riding in the vehicle 
    • Avoid engaging in distracted driving

    Above all, the seat belt is your number one way to stay safe. No matter how uncomfortable it may be, it must always be worn—and worn correctly. Remember the lap strap should be under your belly—especially during those last few months—and over your hips. The shoulder belt should run across your body and not off to the side. If you need to and are able to, adjust the shoulder height so that the belt is able to fit snugly on your body.

    Car accidents, even minor wrecks, do have the potential to cause miscarriage or preterm birth. You may also suffer internal injuries which may or may have immediate symptoms. 

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Car Accident?

    If you've been hurt in a Texas car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

  • How does sleep apnea in truckers increase the risk of a Bedford, TX 18 wheeler accident?

    Truck drivers and their tendency to suffer from sleep apnea has been all over the news, but exactly how does the condition affect a truckers ability to drive?

     

    The issue is not that most drivers with the sleeping disorder are falling asleep at the wheel, it's that sleep apnea prevents them from getting the deep, restorative sleep they need to perform their jobs. Sufferers of sleep apnea wake up tired and stay that way all day. A lack of deep sleep can cause:

     

    • A diminished ability to focus or concentrate on a task

    • Daytime drowsiness

    • Slower reaction times

    • Irritability and moodiness

    • High blood pressure

    • Heart disease

     

    Sleep Apnea in Texas Truck Drivers Creates the "Perfect Storm"

    Because so many truck drivers—up to 75 percent—suffer from sleep apnea, the disorder has a serious impact on truck crash rates. When a truck driver is tired, unable to focus on the road, and is getting increasingly angry at the drivers around him, it is only a matter of time until his actions and slowed reaction times cause an accident.

    Have You Been Injured In A Texas Truck Accident?

    If you've been injured in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.

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