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October 2016 Archives

Aggressive driving linked to fatal accidents

Texas residents may think of news stories about road rage incidents when the subject of aggressive driving is raised, but motorists can remain calm and collected and still be guilty of driving aggressively according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal safety agency considers driving to be aggressive when it violates traffic laws and places other road users in danger, and the government watchdog says that speeding is the most common example of this negligent behavior.

Safety for teen drivers is an everyday concern

Texas parents may be concerned about safety as their teens become licensed drivers, especially with the prevalence of distracted driving incidents related to today's technology. Although a smartphone can be an important safety tool that allows a teen driver to have prompt access to help in an emergency, that same smartphone can be the cause of an accident if misused. Education is a crucial tool, which is why events such as National Teen Driver Safety Week are important. However, organizers of this event encourage parents and communities to focus on safe driving throughout the year.

I-10 one of the nation's most dangerous freeways

Many Texas drivers regularly utilize Interstate 10, which stretches across the state from El Paso to Port Arthur, but motorists may not realize that I-10 is considered one of the country's most dangerous. At a length of 2,460 miles, Interstate 10 runs across eight states, and Texas contains the longest section of 879 miles, or about 35 percent of the interstate's total length. Consequently, the Texas section of I-10 is considered the most deadly stretch of the freeway.

DOT says traffic deaths could be eliminated in 30 years

Many Texas residents have been involved in car accidents that were caused by some kind of human error. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, human error is a factor 94 percent of traffic accidents. The agency believes that if this can be eliminated, the roads can be far safer.

Drunk diving victim survives

On Oct. 5, it was reported that that testimony given in connection with a serious motor vehicle accident played a role in a sentence that was later handed down in criminal court. Although the defendant in the case originally sought a reduced sentence, a police officer's reported compassion, anger and tears during six hours spent on the witness stand appear to have contributed to the judge's decision to give the 32-year-old drunk driver the maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

Distracted driving thought responsible for fatal Texas crash

Accident investigators in Texas are trying to determine why a pickup truck began weaving in and out of the path of oncoming traffic immediately before colliding head-on with a semi-tractor trailer in Bexar County on the afternoon of Sept. 30. The accident left a man and a boy dead and a woman and two children seriously injured. Police say that they have found no evidence indicating that drugs or alcohol played a role, but a San Antonio Police Department representative said that driver distraction is suspected.

Man killed by teen driver while standing by truck

A 32-year-old Texas man was killed as a result of the injuries that he sustained in a car accident on Sept. 22. The incident happened along New Sulphur Springs Road in San Antonio while he was standing outside of his truck. A teen driver in a red Mercury Cougar reportedly lost control and fatally struck the man. Like many other auto-pedestrian accidents, the victim had been dealing with vehicular problems before the crash.

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