The story goes that a teenage girl was driving her friends down a Texas highway when she briefly checked her phone. She did not survive the collision with an 18-wheeler she did not see coming. Thankfully, her friends did survive, and they are now warning other teens about how dangerous it is to use their phones while driving.
It is often difficult for people to maintain a cool head under both the hot Texas sun and the extreme pressure of a car accident. Matters are only made worse when the incident caused injuries or severe damage. Due to the high incidence of automobile accidents in the state and these uncommon pressures, it could benefit anyone driving in Texas to know a few legal guidelines before setting out on the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twenty eight people die every day in the United States due to an auto accident in which an alcohol impaired driver was a factor. Whether you consume a lot of drinks or just a few, there are a number of ways alcohol can impact your driving skills.
Many drivers in San Antonio don't think about the problem of distraction. But the reality is that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and distractions contribute to many car accidents and are a leading cause of traffic fatalities.
The holidays are certainly a time when San Antonio residents are encouraged to exercise added caution while out on the roads. Increased traffic volumes due to people visiting family and friends can increase the risk of car accidents. Sadly, people cannot plan for the actions of others, and given that the holiday season is also often associated with parties and events (many of which serve alcohol), the chances of encountering a drunk driver on the road may also go up.
As a Texas resident, you probably are aware that a new law went into effect on September 1. As reported by the Star-Telegram, on that date Texas joined 46 other states in banning texting while driving. You still have the right to use your cellphone to talk hands-free, as well as to use it to seek emergency help, report a crime, operate a GPS or play music.
Distracted driving has become a huge problem both in San Antonio and throughout the rest of the U.S. in recent years. There is literally no shortage of activities and elements that can pull one's attention away from the road. A distracted driver can often be just as dangerous as a drunk driver. Certain technologies have been introduced into vehicles to help protect people from drunk drivers. Proponents of these likely never anticipated that their use could lead to further dangerous driving by introducing distractions.
No one ever expects to be involved in an accident, but they do happen in Texas with rather frightening regularity. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one, obviously the first thing you should do is to make sure that you, your passengers, and the people in the other vehicle(s) are okay. If not, call 911 immediately to request emergency assistance from first responders and law enforcement officials.
Any number of expenses can accompany a car accident in San Antonio. On top of medical expenses and vehicle repair or replacement costs, you could be left needing to replace the support provided by a loved one lost in a collision. Many of those expenses may go beyond what is available through auto insurance, which could place you in the position of needing to seek compensation from the driver at fault. Yet what if that driver was teen or young adult with little resources to his or her name? Many of those who come to us here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza in such a predicament are often happy to here that some legal recourse may still be available.
Do you know what to do after you get into an auto accident? If you wait until it happens, the stress of the situation can cause you to miss important steps that will affect the financial compensation you can receive. The time is now to become familiar with what you should do when you get into a collision.