Most drivers know how dangerous it is to drive after having a few drinks, but some individuals might not pay attention to that warning. Instead, they think that they are fine to drive, which puts others on the roads in danger of being struck by them.
Suffering an injury in a car accident that wasn't your fault may lead to considerable financial difficulties. There's a chance that you'll have to seek medical care for the injuries. This can become expensive quickly, and people who have catastrophic injuries might soon be facing insurmountable medical bills. There really isn't any reason for you to be left holding the financial bag while the driver who caused the crash doesn't have to worry about this.
While experts say that fully automated vehicles are still a decade away from being realized, it helps for automakers to know what the public reception of these vehicles would be like. If a AAA survey conducted in January 2020 is any indication, most adults in Texas and across the U.S. are wary about autonomous vehicles.
Traffic accidents result in thousands of deaths per year. In 2017, fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers caused 3,166 deaths, which was more than 8% of all traffic fatalities. While cars have more safety features than they have in past years and decades, technology has also led to a rise in distracted driving. Although self-driving cars may put an end to distracted driving in the future, they may actually be causing drivers in Texas and around the country to take their focus off of the road today.
Everyone is vulnerable to a lack of sleep. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep often leads to drowsy driving, which can have dangerous and deadly consequences. In fact, around 1.2 million accidents are caused because of drowsy driving every year. Texas drivers may be interested in learning what they can do to avoid this danger.
Thirty four states, including Texas, require DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles, though the details vary. IIDs are breath test machines that prevent cars from starting when drivers failt, and their safety benefits are well-known. Those 34 states with an IID law experience 15% fewer alcohol-related crash fatalities than the other states do.
Many Texas residents will be happy to hear that fatal traffic accidents have continued to decrease. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 2.4% drop in traffic deaths in the United States in 2018. This downward trend is also continuing in 2019. Technology used in newer vehicles seems to be playing a role in this decrease.
Distracted driving is one of the most highly publicized threats on the road today in Texas, and many states have implemented harsh penalties for people who use their mobile phones and other devices while behind the wheel. One study released for Teen Driver Safety Week particularly highlights the behavior of teens on the road. Because teen drivers are less experienced and may be more reckless, distracted driving could potentially pose an even greater threat for teens. In addition, studies have shown that teens are more likely to drive distracted than people in other age groups and are also at higher risks for car accidents and serious injuries.
As a Texas motorist, you may be familiar with driving at night. Even as the sun sets, many people still fill the roadways. Whether you are coming home from work, traveling to work or are going to have dinner with friends, you may need to navigate the roads in the darkness. Doing so, however, puts you at risk for becoming involved in a deadly car accident. According to AAA, you are three times more likely to become involved in a fatal auto accident at night than you are during the day. What are the reasons for this increased risk?
Texan residents like you rely on your car to get where you need to go. Unfortunately, the roads are filled with dangers, some of which may even originate from your own vehicle. For example, defective manufacturing contributes to safety-related auto defects, and you may not even be aware of the recalls.