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September 2016 Archives

Police in Texas say drunk driver responsible for fatal crash

A 30-year-old Texas man is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after being involved in a high-speed crash that left a woman dead in northwest Harris County on Sept. 22. Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office took the man into custody after toxicology testing performed at a Houston medical facility revealed that he had been intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Horseplay allegedly behind crash that injured 6

Horseplay may have been the cause of a two-car collision that left six Texas high school students injured, according to reports. The accident happened on Sept. 22 near Country Road 1434 in Cleburne as two Cleburne High School students each drove a pickup truck carrying other students to a store to purchase wood pallets for the school's annual homecoming bonfire.

Federal agencies considering sleep apnea rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration received 593 comments regarding whether the agencies should begin regulating the treatment and diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea in certain transportation-related occupations in Texas and around the country. According to a University of Pennsylvania study sponsored by the FMCSA, 28 percent of commercial drivers suffer from some level of OSA.

Autonomous vehicle technology may help older drivers

Older drivers in Texas have a higher risk of being injured in auto accidents than younger drivers. As people age, they may become more confused while driving in busy areas, and physical impairment could limit an older driver's range of motion. Older motorists are also more likely to be seriously injured in car accidents than younger drivers.

Regulators maintain break rule for long-haul truckers

Truck drivers in Texas have a lot of territory to cover when they are delivering shipments, but they still need to take their breaks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration did not find any merit in the petition from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to dismiss the current requirement for a 30-minute break within the first eight hours of driving.

Traffic fatalities increase in 2015

Texas drivers may be interested to learn there was a significant increase in U.S. traffic fatalities in 2015, according to government statistics. The jump, which comes after years of steady declines, prompted the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation to ask researchers and safety experts to find ways to reverse the trend.

How to pursue damages following a pedestrian accident

Needless and avoidable car accidents occur too often in the Greater Gulf Coast and Houston metro areas. If a pedestrian dies or is critically injured in such an accident, our law firm believes that the at-fault driver should be held responsible for damages, especially if evidence suggests that negligence was a factor in the incident.

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