You follow all of the traffic laws, at least most of the time, remain vigilant and avoid distractions while you drive. You can only hope that the other drivers around you are doing the same, but you know better. The problem is that you can't anticipate what another driver will do.
You probably don't need anyone to tell you that your life will never be the same. The car accident that left you with a spinal cord injury is likely engrained in your memory, at least in flashes. The aftermath, however, will stay with you forever.
If you live here in Texas without legal permission, you may relate to the many struggles and challenges other people in similar situations experience. Even seemingly uneventful activities, such as driving to and from work each day, may cause you to feel nervous or worried that authorities will detain you because of your legal status. Some immigrants say they hesitate to report certain issues, even if someone has stolen their property or committed another crime against them because they fear they will be at risk for deportation if they do so.
Traveling Texas highways or other roadways in the nation can be extremely stressful. Long gone are the days when families took leisurely Sunday drives at low speeds, just for fun to enjoy the open road and time together. With as many accidents as there are nowadays, you might find yourself thinking it's safer to stay home than to get behind the wheel and risk a collision. It's highly unlikely that you could continue to function in your everyday life without ever traveling by car.
When you were planning your wedding, you may have been both excited and nervous at the same time. Given the fact that you were planning to leave your country of origin and come to Texas, you may have had a thousand questions about your soon-to-be new life in the United States. Although you were likely thankful that marring a U.S. citizen would also be a valid means of obtaining a green card, you might have anticipated that there would be challenges in the process.
Even if you've been living and working in Texas for decades without appropriate immigrant documentation, you probably never get entirely used to living as a non-immigrant in the United States. You go to work. You pay your taxes. You do your best to raise your children to respect the laws of this nation and to be proud of their heritage and the contributions they can make in their Texas community. You probably have many neighbors who relate to your situation.
Like many other Texans, you may be under the impression that you can only be arrested for drunk driving if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher. That isn't always the case. Your BAC does bolster other evidence of impairment observed and obtained by law enforcement officials, but it is not the only indicator of impairment.
With summer here, you and your family may be considering your options for a vacation. Along with trips to the beach, camping and family reunions, you and your family may be looking forward to a visit to an amusement park. You may have memories of such trips when you were a child, or maybe it's an annual tradition in your own family.
It boggles the mind to think of how many millions of different products there are for sale in today's marketplace in Texas and across the nation. Perhaps you rarely even leave the house to do your shopping because you can find just about anything you need online. If you do venture out to in-person stores, you'll likely find multiple choices for whatever type of item you need or want to buy. You have the right as a consumer to expect the products you buy and use are reasonably safe.
Have you ever heard anyone say that an injury will hurt worse the next day? This happens with many types of injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. You may not feel its affects right away, but that does not mean that your life is not in danger.