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April 2016 Archives

Was texting to blame for a crash? New device could give answers

One of the most troubling aspects of distracted driving accidents is that they often go unreported. They can be unreported because drivers don't necessarily like to admit they were texting or reading Facebook before an accident: they know it's wrong and they know it's dangerous.

Texas police hunt hit-and-run driver

Texas law enforcement officials are seeking the driver of a white pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in Harris County during the early morning hours of April 23. Authorities believe that the vehicle may be a Ford. The accident took place on Texas State Highway 249, which is also known as the Tomball Parkway, near Cypresswood Drive in Northwest Houston at approximately 2:15 a.m.

Mobile calls can kill

Texas motorists might believe that a cellphone call is safe because of the use of a hands-free headset or voice-activated speaker system in the vehicle. In fact, a majority of drivers believe that the inclusion of such systems in vehicle design must imply safety. However, one's brain remains engaged and distracted by a call even after it has ended. Motorists may want to be aware of these concerns as they endeavor to drive safely.

2 truck accidents on same highway on same day

There were two truck accidents on a Texas highway in the early morning hours of April 8. The crashes took place along the southbound side of Interstate 35 in Kyle. The south side of the highway was shut down because of the accidents and reopened by the afternoon. Both of the collisions involved multiple 18-wheelers, and one was fatal.

3 factors that put motorcyclists in danger on Texas roads

If you ride a motorcycle, chances are you already know some of the special considerations associated with this particular form of transportation in terms of safety. You should know about the training it can require, the laws with which motorcyclists must comply and the steps you can take to protect yourself when you ride, like wearing a helmet.

Truck driver taken off the road after another DUI

Accidents involving big rigs injure many Texas road users every year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are properly maintained and driven safely, and sanctioning drivers who ignore regulations or violate traffic laws is an important part of the work it does. When these infractions are particularly serious, the FMCSA issues what are known as shutdown orders against truck drivers or their employers. These orders are issued when truck drivers or logistics companies are thought to pose an imminent threat to the public.

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