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August 2016 Archives

Agencies considering speed limiting devices for large trucks

When Texans are involved in accidents with large trucks or buses, the risks of being seriously injured or dying are much higher. The large sizes and heavy weights of these vehicles make it more difficult for them to slow down in order to avoid accidents. Because of the risks involved with commercial buses and trucks, the federal government is working to mandate the installation of devices that would prevent the drivers from ever exceeding the speed limit.

How to know what to do if you are in a car crash in Texas

If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstances of being in a car crash, you may benefit if you keep some things in mind. At our law firm, it is our primary goal to protect your rights and interests. There are some general guidelines that could be useful if you, a loved one or friend are ever part of a serious auto accident and wish to file a claim for damages.

Sleepy drivers putting Texans at risk

An August 2016 report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed that more than 83 million drivers hit the road with too little sleep on a daily basis. The GHSA analysis said that younger drivers, like teenagers, are in more danger of being involved in wrecks. These age groups play a role in more than 50 percent of all fatigue-related crashes each year, and some estimates claim drowsy-driver crashes account for some $109 billion in annual societal costs.

Focus is on commercial truck safety in Safe Driver Week

Texas truck drivers may be aware that Oct. 16 is the start of Safe Driver Week. Aimed at drivers of passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles, the initiative is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also involved as are several law enforcement bodies.

Operation Safe Driver Week to begin on Oct. 16

Accidents involving tractor-trailers kill or seriously injure thousands of road users every year, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency responsible for reducing these accidents and ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are maintained properly and operated in a safe manner. One of the agency's most important initiatives is Operation Safe Driver Week, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16 in Texas and nationwide.

Phone apps and social media distract drivers

Even though drivers are regularly warned that texting and driving is dangerous, there are still many Texas drivers who check their phones while operating a vehicle. Although the majority of the nation has banned texting and driving, the issue has spread so that some drivers actively use Snapchat, Spotify, Instagram and "Pokémon Go."

How truck laws impact Texas residents

Those who drive or operate commercial trucks are regulated by both federal and state agencies. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are the two primary federal regulatory bodies, while each state has its own regulatory body. To operate a large truck, a driver must have a commercial license in compliance with his or her state's commercial driving laws.

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