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Don't say this to your car insurance company following a crash

No matter how your car accident happened, if you suffered injuries or property damages, you may have the ability to get compensation - either from your car insurance company or from the party at fault for the collision.

However, it's important to keep in mind that what you say to your car insurance company - or the insurance company of the at-fault party - could affect your ability to receive compensation for damages.

5 key things to take pictures of after a car accident

You don't have a dash cam on your car, so, when a young driver runs a stop sign and hits you on the way home from work, you don't have any live footage of the crash. You were driving home with your spouse after picking up your child from daycare, and the crash injured both of them. You desperately wish you had pictures to back up your case.

You do have your phone, though, and you decide to take some still photos of the scene. What should you focus on? What things can help your case the most? Below are five critical things you need to photograph.

Don't sign over your totaled vehicle until its inspected properly

There are a lot of unexpected jobs you need to fulfill after a serious car accident. One of them is usually taking care of your damaged or destroyed vehicle. In cases where the vehicle can't be safely repaired, your insurance company will likely declare the vehicle is "totaled," which means totally destroyed. If the insurance adjuster decides that your vehicle is totaled, the company will typically have you sign a form and release the vehicle to them for disposal. Before you do that, however, you should speak with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to explore potential causes for your crash.

When components or systems in a vehicle fail, that failure can have catastrophic results. You may believe that you are totally or partially responsible for an accident that actually resulted from a problem in your vehicle. Law enforcement and insurance companies may also jump to the same conclusion, which can be a very expensive mistake for you, the driver. Once your vehicle gets taken away for scrap, destruction, or parts, it's impossible to determine if a manufacturing issue may have contributed to the accident. An attorney can help you connect with professionals who will explore reasons for the crash.

What should I ask my lawyer after a car crash?

After getting into an injurious car crash, plaintiffs may be able to seek financial compensation in court. Everyone knows this, so when someone feels particularly wronged following an auto collision, the first thing they'll do is search Google for local car accident lawyers.

When you start reaching out to personal injury lawyers, though, you're entering into an entirely new field of business. You'll want to evaluate each lawyer you speak with (1) from the perspective of whether you get along and can work with him or her, and (2) from a logical business perspective regarding the potential costs of the lawyer's services.

Is your motorcycle defective?

As long-time motorcycle rider, you know the dangers of the road. You have dodged more than your share of distracted drivers, avoided pot-holes, and powered through bad weather conditions. But what if the danger is not from an external source? What if the danger is somewhere in your in your bike?

Automobiles, including motorcycles, top the list of faulty consumer products. Safety recalls usually come from one of two sources: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer. Understanding the procedure of safety recalls and the duties of the manufacturer is important if you are involved in an accident caused by a defect.

Chain Reaction: Head Injuries And Your "Master" Genes Wreak Havoc

Diagnosis of a head injury after an accident or a fall is just the first step in a long road to recovery and treatment. Every day, scientists are making new discoveries about the long-term effects of head injuries.

It is important to develop a better understanding of the impact that head injuries have on long-term prognosis, every day functions and the development of other medical conditions. Only then will medical professionals be able to develop better diagnostic tools and treatments. 

Can anything be done to slow the rise of fatal car crashes?

2016 was a deadly one on the nation's roadways. For the first time since 2007, more than 40,000 (40,200 to be exact) people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the country. This represents a six percent rise over 2015, and a 14 percent increase from 2014.

Cheaper gas prices and a recovering economy led more people to hit the road for both work and for play last year, but the increase in highway miles driven alone doesn't account for the rising number of deaths. So, what could have caused the spike in fatal accidents? A safety watchdog organization has some ideas about possible causes as well as how to slow the rising tide.

Texas Millennial drivers take more risks

Millennials are the riskiest drivers across the United States, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study was released on Feb. 15. Market research firm GfK surveyed more than 2,500 drivers from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6, 2016. It found that 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to dangerous activities such as texting and driving, speeding and running red lights within the previous 30 days.

The study also found that millennial drivers sent texts or emails at nearly twice the rate of other drivers, and nearly 50 percent of them admitted to running a red light, compared to 36 percent of other drivers. Twelve percent of millennials thought it was okay to drive 10 mph above the speed limit in a school zone, compared with 5 percent of drivers in other age brackets.

2 killed, 4 injured in Texas crash

Two Texas residents were killed and four teens were injured in a two-car collision on U.S. 84 on Feb. 3. The accident occurred just east of Fairfield at approximately 7 p.m.

According to media reports, a 2001 Cadillac attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone on U.S. 84 and smashed into an oncoming 2017 Chevrolet Cruz. Two passengers in the Chevrolet, a 62-year-old Meridian woman and a 38-year-old Plano man, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The Chevrolet's driver, a 64-year-old Meridian man, was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waco with undisclosed injuries. He was later listed in stable condition.

A look at state highway safety performance

Texas residents may have heard about a report released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. According to the report, traffic fatalities increased by 7.2 percent in 2015 over the prior year. This was the largest percentage increase in 50 years, and data for the first nine months of 2016 shows an 8 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2015.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 35,000 deaths and 2.4 million injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. To reduce these numbers, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety say that there are 376 different laws that states can adopt. These laws range from regulating seat belt use to graduated drivers licenses for teen drivers. Laws related to motorcycle helmet use were also suggested by the group.

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