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Large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, are an extremely common sight on the roads and highways of Texas. Indeed, commerce and industry in America depend on reliable deliveries by truckers and trucking companies. In order to operate at peak efficiency, operators, shippers and dispatchers need to be in regular communication with each other.

Sometimes, the desire to keep communication lines open and maintain schedules can make it tempting for a commercial vehicle driver to engage in texting and driving. This is dangerous behavior and is forbidden by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Texting definitions and regulations

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An injury on the job can mean any number of things, including missed days at work, loss of wages, and ongoing pain. In many instances, a person who is injured on the job is entitled to benefits through the workers' compensation system.

In Texas, however, workers' compensation is not required. Although many employers opt into workers' comp coverage as a means of protecting themselves, some business owners choose to go "bare," opting to do business without this additional coverage. This may allow them to save money over the years, but it is not always good for their employees.

If you've been injured on the job while working for an employer that doesn't have workers' compensation insurance, here are a few things you should know:

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Car accidents are traumatic experiences even when there is minimal damage. Since some people experience a mental fog after a car crash, making it difficult to focus, they may not be aware of their injuries right away. Also, some injuries are not immediately evident.

Here are six trauma symptoms that often don't appear right away after a car crash:

  • Headache: It is common for a crash victim to experience a problem several days after a motor vehicle accident (MVA). This pain may mean nothing or may signal a more serious problem like a concussion (traumatic brain injury) or a head or neck injury.
  • Neck and shoulder pain or stiffness: Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom, usually not becoming painful until 12 to 24 hours after an accident occurs. Whiplash injuries can occur even at very slow speeds. An x-ray, CT scan or MRI may be necessary for a diagnosis or to rule out serious complications. It can take months for neck and shoulder pain to subside completely and may require physical therapy.
  • Abdominal pain or swelling: An internal injury may have a delayed onset of symptoms as it can take time for the injury to evolve. Have any abdominal pain or swelling evaluated in an emergency room immediately, and make sure that medical personnel know you were recently involved in a traffic accident.
  • Numbness: Swelling may cause numbness, which can occur anywhere in the body and may be perceived as a tingling, stinging or total loss of feeling. These symptoms may indicate nerve damage, or compression of the nerves in the neck or spine.
  • Behavioral or mental changes: Concussions are often not evident for a number of hours. The first symptom of a severe head injury is often lethargy or feeling excessively sleepy for no reason. Other symptoms could be difficulty completing simple tasks, confusion, impaired memory, blurred vision, difficulty hearing or ringing in the ears. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) reports that injuries from motor vehicle accidents account for 14 percent of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Research suggests that about 9 percent of serious car accident victims develop PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is even more common in individuals who have preexisting mental health histories. PTSD is almost always delayed in its presentation, appearing in the weeks and months after a traumatic event occurs. Symptoms can include sleep disturbances, fear, anxiety, depression, vivid memories of the event.

The consequences of motor vehicle accidents are costly - both physically and financially - for victims and their families.

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Trucks are a common sight on the roads of Texas. In Dallas-Fort Worth, you're just as likely to be driving next to a semi-tractor trailer as you are a large pickup. Unfortunately, the high rate of semi drivers leads to a high rate of truck-car accidents, many of which cause serious or fatal injuries.

Nearly every day, a motorists falls victim to the careless driving or conduct of a truck driver in Texas. At the law firm of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C., we frequently meet motor vehicle accident victims who were injured because of these common causes of truck crashes:

  • Fatigue: Thousands of miles and long hours are part of the job description for commercial drivers. Commercial truck drivers are paid to deliver their haul on time and, some truck transportation companies pay bonuses to drivers for getting deliveries to their destination ahead of schedule. This frees up the truck for extra deliveries and spells more profit for the company. Unfortunately, this creates a desire for drivers to push themselves to stay awake beyond their capabilities. To earn a bonus, a commercial truck driver may forgo rest and sleeping time. In turn, this leads to fatigue and a much higher risk factor for a truck accident.
  • Reckless driving: The same motivation to get where they're going faster, often leads to reckless driving by commercial truck drivers. The larger the truck and the heavier the haul, the longer it will take for a truck to come to a complete stop. Reckless drivers may drive too fast compared to the traffic speed, weave between lanes to get ahead or tailgate other vehicles. All these behaviors spell trouble for other motorists and their passengers. Too often, reckless truck driving leads to accidents and injuries.
  • Distracted driving: These days, truck cabs are outfitted with more than GPS for navigation. Truck drivers may have televisions, DVD players, cell phones and tablets set up in the cab for "entertainment" while on the road. This is a bad idea for everyone, let alone truck drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth. While drivers use their eyes to view text messages instead of watching the road, someone else usually becomes the victim.

These are just a few causes of truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a negligent truck driver's actions, seek the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer. We'll help determine the cause of the truck accident and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Accidents happen, even when you've taken all the precautions you can while out on Texas roads. A driver who has had too much to drink could cause an accident, leaving you or a loved one with debilitating injuries. Do you feel that drunk drivers should be held responsible for their actions? We do.

Criminal punishment is not enough if you are injured

In Texas, a drunk driver faces criminal punishment based on the number of convictions they've received in the past. However, that punishment isn't meant to help the accident victim or his or her family members. Penalties to the drunk driver like fines, loss of driver's license, and even jail time make no direct impact on the others affected by the accident.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may feel as if your world is crumbling down around you. A hospitalization, doctor visits, pain medications and other expenses can add up quickly, especially if you are unable to work while you heal or care for an injured family member.

Fortunately, you can hire a personal injury lawyer today without pulling out your wallet. In fact, you pay attorney fees only if you win your case. Personal injury claims are usually handled on a contingency fee basis in Texas, and elsewhere around the country. This allows you to hire a lawyer right away when you need legal help.

What is a contingency fee agreement?

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