Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Texas Danger Zones, Why You May Need a Texas Injury Lawyer

Texas is the second largest state in size, trailing only behind Alaska. The two largest metro areas in Texas are Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. With such large masses of people in these cities, there is a lot of congestion on the roads. Texas is a beautiful, diverse state full of opportunity and adventure; however, it can also pose many driving obstacles. Many times large cities are labeled "concrete jungles" because of the massive buildings, roads, and people inhabiting them. It can be a stressful place to operate on a daily basis, since the risk of serious injury or death on Texas roads is higher than most places. The outcomes of these accidents can be shocking.

They say when you're in Texas, that the "Eyes of Texas are upon you." When you are driving on the roads of Texas, that statement couldn't be truer. Rush hour in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth is full of congested highways, interstates, and overpasses. Sometimes the roads look more like a stand-still parade than an expressway. Whoever coined the phrase "rush hour" was spot on. An unfortunate consequence of high traffic areas is high accident potential. Everyone has experienced just such an event where people are rushing from work or home, driving riskier than they should because they are in a hurry. This can lead to accidents with serious injuries and even death. In light of these obvious but often overlooked facts, drivers in Texas should take time to research Texas injury lawyers, so they can be fully prepared in the event of a serious or life altering car accident.

Car accidents involving 18 wheelers or other large vehicles are very visible in metro areas like Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Both cities have large oil based economies and it shows with all the traffic on the roads. Trucks alone can cause many accidents, but when there are flammable goods on board being transported, that can lead to catastrophic outcomes. In the event of any accident, you may need to hire an 18 wheeler accident attorney to be sure of your rights on the road. All drivers make mistakes, but when you're driving an 18 wheeler, your mistake can mean your life, or someone else's. A University of North Texas student was killed in 2008 when an 18 wheeler fell off an interstate ramp and fell right on top of her car, the driver of the truck was also killed. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every sixteen minutes a person is killed or sustains injuries in accidents involving 18 wheelers, tractor trailers or semi trucks. This is a staggering statistic and in Texas, with more trucks on the road and a greater population than most states, there is definitely cause for concern.

This article was not intended to prevent you from entering and enjoying large metro areas in Texas, it was intended to make you more aware of your surroundings. Commuters need to go the speed limit and not tail gate when traveling. Additionally, 18 wheelers need to be extra cautious because if they wreck, their mass alone poses a greater threat to all vehicles that surround them. If everyone makes safety a more important priority, injuries and deaths will hopefully be less frequent.

Contact Stephen "Bulldog" Daniel

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