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.
As a Texan who has been in a car crash before, you may have ended up with soft tissue injuries in the aftermath. One of the most common injuries is whiplash, but despite how common it may be, that does not necessarily mean that it is not serious.
The blame for a rear-end collision in Texas almost always rests with the driver of the vehicle that strikes others from behind. This is especially true when the driver of the other vehicle(s) stop lawfully at an intersection or crossing because even if the driver sees the oncoming vehicle approach, there is little he or she can do to avoid the collision without further endangering the lives of all vehicle occupants. A rear-end collision last week on Highway 73 in Texas reportedly involved three vehicles. Altogether, six people involved in the accident went to the hospital, three of whom received serious injuries and one of whom required transportation by helicopter.
Texan residents like you expect the roads to be relatively safe for pedestrians and motorists alike. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. We at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. are here to help explain what to do in the aftermath of a hit and run incident.
A deadly myth has made its way across Texas and the rest of the country. It states that hands-free cellphone usage while driving is perfectly safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. In no way does your hands-free cellphone usage equate with risk-free cellphone usage while you drive.
Texas is a big state and a lot of drivers spend many hours crossing the state in a vehicle, whether a commercial trucking vehicle or a personal one. Empty roads and long hours can combine to create the perfect atmosphere for drowsy driving, which is extremely dangerous for everyone on the road. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one third of drivers have fallen asleep while driving at one point and 66% of drivers say they have driven drowsy.