Motor vehicle collisions involving large trucks are often devastating for the passenger vehicle occupants involved because tractor-trailers are so much larger than cars and can cause significantly more damage. There are federal regulations in place to prevent drowsy driving among truckers, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that many drivers violate these rules and drive for much longer stretches than permitted.
Texas is a “fault” insurance state, which means that in most cases, the insurance company of the driver who causes an accident is liable for the other party’s damages. However, in an effort to boost their profits, insurance providers will look for any possible excuse to deny or undervalue claims. It is also common for at-fault drivers to deny liability.
More than 13 percent of drivers in the state of Texas were uninsured in 2012, so if you drive regularly, there is a good chance that you could wind up in an accident with an uninsured motorist. This can be incredibly stressful because the costs of medical bills and lost income can add up quickly after a collision; however, depending on your insurance policies and the specific facts of your case, you may still have options for recovering compensation.
With technology innovators like Tesla, Apple, and dozens of other companies racing to develop the first mass-produced driverless car, it seems only a matter of time before self-driving vehicles hit the consumer market. Uber has already made international headlines for its driverless fleet, though the software still has its fair share of flaws.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors as “never events,” which means they should never occur under any circumstances. The fact that these surgical mistakes do occur—and frequently—indicates that there are serious issues in our healthcare system.