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December 2016 Archives

Federal regulation could limit truck speeds electronically

Texas truck accidents can be more severe when big rigs are traveling at high speeds. Some safety advocates think that posting speed limits is not enough to prevent truck drivers from causing these crashes. A federal rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would limit the speeds of commercial trucks electronically.

Proving a pedestrian accident claim in Texas

In Texas, some people are severely injured or killed in pedestrian accidents each year. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to pursue legal remedies through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Drunk driving accidents all too common during the holiday season

Sadly, drunk driving accidents are nothing new on our nation's roads. In fact, 2016 could potentially be one of the deadliest years for drunk driving accidents in history, with an average of 28 people losing their lives every day because of an intoxicated driver's bad decisions.

Fatal Texas accident blamed on illegal street race

A Texas Department of Public Safety representative said that an illegal speed race was likely the cause of a Dec. 14 accident in Williamson County that claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman and left her husband critically injured. The 22-year-old Hutto man allegedly responsible suffered what were described as minor injuries in the crash. While no charges were filed against the man immediately following the collision, police were quick to say that their investigation was ongoing and prosecutors could be called in at a later date.

Tips for safe winter car trips

As the holiday season and winter months loom on the horizon, many people in Texas and across the country will be hitting the roads and taking longer trips and vacations. If you have a long car trip ahead of you in our away from Texas, be sure to make good decisions to keep your excursion as safe as possible so you can enjoy the beginning of 2017 with friends and family. 

Reckless driving accidents blamed on Snapchat speed filter

The proliferation of cellphones and the popularity of social media are sources of great concern for road safety advocates in Texas and across the country. The number of distracted driving accidents has soared in recent years, and surveys indicate that a worrying number of motorists view making phone calls, sending text messages or even watching videos while behind the wheel as acceptable behavior.

Thousands of truckers cited during safety campaign

From Oct. 16 to 22, commercial vehicle drivers in Texas were under increased scrutiny by law enforcement officers. The weeklong safety campaign, 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week, was put on by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. During the nationwide effort, law enforcement officers conducted 20,648 traffic stops and issued 19,657 warnings and citations in the U.S.

The future of self-driving trucks in Texas

Autonomous vehicles are the wave of the future, and self-driving trucks are set to revolutionize the trucking industry. The American Transportation Research Institute released a report that reveals that autonomous trucks will lead to significant changes in the trucking industry, leading to major regulatory reform and increased safety on the roadways.

Man sentenced for fatal drunk driving accident

A Texas man was sentenced to five years in prison for a drunk driving car accident that killed two women. A jury had previously convicted the man of manslaughter and aggravated assault. The accident that led to the charges occurred on Jan. 20, 2011 when the defendant collided with another vehicle at an intersection.

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