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February 2017 Archives

Texas Millennial drivers take more risks

Millennials are the riskiest drivers across the United States, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study was released on Feb. 15. Market research firm GfK surveyed more than 2,500 drivers from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6, 2016. It found that 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to dangerous activities such as texting and driving, speeding and running red lights within the previous 30 days.

A look at state highway safety performance

Texas residents may have heard about a report released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. According to the report, traffic fatalities increased by 7.2 percent in 2015 over the prior year. This was the largest percentage increase in 50 years, and data for the first nine months of 2016 shows an 8 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2015.

FMCSA announces driver training rule delay

Media outlets in Texas and around the country reported on Jan. 20 that the White House had issued a memorandum calling on federal agencies to place pending regulations on hold until President Trump is able to review and approve them. One of the most immediate results of the memorandum was the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's announcement on Feb. 1 that the scheduled implementation of a driver training regulation was being delayed.

Liability for pedestrian accidents

Each year, a number of Texans are struck and severely injured in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are much more likely to suffer serious injuries or to be killed when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. A broad array of injuries may occur, ranging from mild to catastrophic.

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