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Keep your mind on the road: the dangers of cognitive distraction

In March 2018, a pickup truck driver in a rural area of Texas plowed into a bus carrying Baptist church members who were on their way home from a three-day retreat.  Thirteen bus riders were killed in the crash.   Near Houston, three teenage girls were killed when the driver of their car veered out of her lane and smashed into an 18-wheeler.  

Wrecks caused by drunk drivers spike over holidays

The cold front that swept the nation at the end of 2017 made roads especially hazardous for holiday travelers.  However, one of the biggest dangers around the holiday season has nothing to do with the weather:  despite increased enforcement efforts, drunk drivers continue to cause a significant number of traffic crashes in Texas and across the nation.

What To Do If You Are Hit By An Uninsured Driver

Nobody feels lucky after a car wreck, but you may feel especially unfortunate if your wreck was caused by an uninsured driver.  Although every driver is required to have insurance, many still do not.  About 13 percent of Texas drivers do not carry insurance, according to recent data from the TexasSure vehicle insurance verification program.

Nearly One-Quarter Of Trucks On Texas Highways In Violation Of Safety Standards

An inspection blitz earlier this summer of more than 8,000 commercial vehicles by the Texas Department of Public Safety resulted in nearly 2,000 of them being placed out of service due to a wide range of violations.  This is a frightening reminder of the dangers that tractor trailers pose on Texas highways, in many cases because of negligence or blatant disregard of safety regulations by truck drivers and the companies that own these big rigs.

Why Truck Accidents Need Close Scrutiny

As we hear more about autonomous vehicles and all of their potential benefits, including as it relates to commercial transportation, that technology is still on the horizon.  For now, the steady flow of local and interstate commercial vehicle traffic is powered by humans, and that means human error is inevitable.  The sheer size and weight of these trucks means when they are involved in crashes, catastrophic injuries often occur, leading to a lifetime of disability or even death.

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