3 Facts You Should Know About Semi-Trucks

Semi truck on the highway.

18 wheeler accidents and semi-truck accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of drivers and their passengers. Although semi-trucks are all around us on highways across America every day, very few drivers stop to think about practical safety measures they can take to ensure that they don’t increase the risk of injury driving near these large vehicles. Here are a few safety points that everyone should be aware of when they drive near 18 wheelers on the open road.

It Takes Semi Trucks Longer To Slow Down

This may seem like common sense, but it’s essential to remember anytime you are on the road. Cutting off any driver on the highway is bad practice, but cutting off a semi could be devastating, mainly because the large weight of these vehicles means that inertia will carry them farther than other, smaller vehicles after braking. Don’t expect an 18-wheeler to stop quickly if you are driving recklessly in front of them!

Blind Spots Are Real

Blind spots on 18-wheelers are significantly larger than they are on smaller vehicles. Because of this, you always need to be aware of a semi-trucks movements when attempting to pass them in the lane next to them. The truth is this: you may be driving in a semi-truck’s blind spot and not even realize it! Always a keep a close eye on the 18-wheeler and make sure you haven’t inadvertently trapped yourself.

Fatigue is Dangerous

18 wheeler drivers are used to long hours on the road, but this doesn’t mean that they will always be perfectly alert. Any driver can be fatigued and still make the decision to get on the open road, whether they are driving a semi-truck or not! Unfortunately, it just so happens that 18-wheelers are so large that fatigued driving can have even more catastrophic consequences. Stay alert, and make sure you are always monitoring aware of what is going on around you!

DWI Results in Injuries and Arrests

Early Sunday morning, a Dallas resident was arrested for a DWI after he crashed his vehicle into an SUV along the Dallas Parkway. According to reports provided by local authorities, the driver that was arrested was driving a black Nissan Altima at the time of the collision.

Two individuals inside of the SUV were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. At the time of reporting, the conditions of these two individuals had not been released to the public.

In Texas, drivers should always be keenly aware of drunk drivers who may be posing a risk to themselves and others. Although organizations such as TxDOT are continually launching new campaigns to raise awareness about the troubling prevalence of drunk driving on Texas roads, the problem continues to persist.

Drunk Driving Attorneys in Texas

If you have been hit and injured by a drunk driver in Dallas or the surrounding communities, you deserve the best possible legal representation. Rachel Montes has been helping individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by drunk drivers get themselves and their finances back on track. You can receive a FREE CASE EVALUATION by contacting the team at Montes Law Group today. Call (214) 522-9401 to speak with a legal professional today!

Grand Prairie Motorcycle Crash Results in One Fatality

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Last Wednesday, a traffic accident in Grand Prairie resulted in the death of one motorcycle rider. According to reports provided by the authorities, the traffic accident in question occurred at approximately 5:45 PM. The motorcycle rider was traveling south-bound on Lake Ridge when they were unable to maintain control of the vehicle and subsequently crashed into a rail.

Authorities arriving at the scene of the crash quickly assessed the situation and transported the motorcycle rider – a 60 year-old male – to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

While the accident remains under investigation, it is also important to note that no other vehicles were involved. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has announced that they will release the name of the deceased rider.

Keeping Motorcycle Riders Safe

Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group are working hard to help individuals who have been hurt in accidents that weren’t their fault. Motorcycle accidents and auto accidents can change your life in the blink of an eye. Let the team at Montes Law Group help you get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need to get your life back on track. 

Call the team today at 214-522-9401 for a FREE case consultation. 

 

Speeding Driver Crashes Into Police Vehicles

On Saturday morning, September 11th, a 56-year old man driving a Buick LeSabre crashed his vehicle into a police squad car on E. Northwest Highway. According to reports provided by police, the driver of the LeSabre “failed to control his speed and impacted into the back rear of the squad car”, which subsequently pushed the vehicle into the back of the next squad car.

Car accidents in Dallas such as these can easily result in serious injuries or fatalities, particularly when a vehicle crashes into stationary vehicles. Fortunately, none of the police officers involved in the incident were injured, although the police officer sitting in the parked car which was initially impacted by the driver was taken to the hospital out of precaution.

Learning More About the Recent Car Crash Accident

At the time of the initial reporting, the name of the speeding driver had not been released to the public. Incidents such as these remind all of us how important it is to always practice defensive driving and situational awareness, even in moments where vehicles are stationary and / or parked.

Car Crash Lawyers Who Are Ready To Help

At Montes Law Group, we help individuals who have been involved in car crashes and car accidents get the support they need. If you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, now is the time to seek out the help you deserve. Rachel Montes and her team of legal professionals will do the hard work needed to make sure that their clients get their lives and finances back on track.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Woman’s Death In Winter Storm

The winter storm which rocked Texas in the early months of 2021 left a wake of destruction and, unfortunately, death. Following the devastating power outages across the state, many vulnerable individuals were left in precarious predicaments. Unfortunately, loss of life occurred. Some Texas residents have decided to use the legal system to demand justice for loved ones who suffered during these unprecedented times.

Colinda Meza, a resident of Austin, has filed a lawsuit against Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), claiming damages of $1 million after her mother, Connie May Richey, died during the freeze. According to Colinda, Connie’s urinary catheter froze during 4-days of power loss. According to statements from Austin Energy made during the freeze, power outages would not exceed 40 minutes.

Gross Negligence and Wrongful Death

Colinda Mesa’s attorneys have claimed that Austin Energy and ERCOT exhibited “gross negligence” during their handling of the storm. Although lawyers fro Austin Energy and ERCOT have not issued their own statements, it seems likely that we will be hearing more about this lawsuit as it unfold.

In total, over 210 individuals died during the Texas freeze. Not all of these were due to exposure to sub-freezing temperatures, however. Vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falls are just a few of the other tragic accidents which led to loss of life during this devastating weather event.

If a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident that wasn’t their fault, Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group are here to help. You can call Montes Law Group at 214.522.9401 for a free case consultation.

A Brief History of Labor Day

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Labor Day is tomorrow, and many Americans across the country are settling in for a day of rest and quality time with loved ones and friends. While it’s easy to get swept up in the appeal of a rare “free Monday” away from work, it’s also very worthwhile to take a moment to understand just how exactly Labor Day came to exist!

It all began with a street parade in New York City in September of 1882. That year, a number of labor unions in the city came together as an act of solidarity and to call awareness to the challenges and triumphs of the labor movement in America. Although the event started quite small (it is estimated that it began with roughly 200 attendees) it blossomed to well over 20,000 people marching near City Hall in Manhattan.

From Street Parade to Federal Holiday

By 1894, Labor Day was officially a federal holiday! Since then, a wide variety of changes have been made on both a federal and state level as part of an effort to further codify the rights of workers in the United States. Many elements of modern work that we take for granted – a five-day work week; 40 hours of work being equivalent to full-time employment; paid time off – all of these are byproducts of continued support of labor and working class rights in the United States.

Now, we tangibly celebrate the efforts of past advocates by stepping away from work on Monday. That being said, it is always humbling to remember just how much work it has taken to get this far, and how much work is left to go for all workers in America!

From the entire team at Montes Law Group, we wish you a Happy Labor Day!