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Men are more likely to drive aggressively

Men by nature, are often more aggressive than women. This does not change when it comes to driving. A report published by AAA found that men are three times more likely than women to display road rage behaviors. Whether they are stuck in traffic on their way to an important appointment or meeting, or they are simply frustrated with a slow driver blocking their path, men tend to get more aggressive while behind the wheel. In fact, at least 80 percent of motorists in the United States admit that they have become aggressive while driving. It is simply not uncommon for people to feel angry, anxious and impatient when trying to get to where they need to go.

Aggressive driving presents a great danger to everyone who is sharing the road with these negligent motorists. Drivers with road rage may switch from lane to lane erratically, tailgate or speed. They may also use inappropriate language or hand gestures as a way to get the attention of the other driver. Aggressive drivers who are speeding may have difficulties stopping for hazards, such as pedestrians, traffic lights, stop signs, bad weather or objects in the road.

Pursue remedies full speed ahead following biking accident

Motorcyclists in Texas have a unique situation on the road. These drivers enjoy the excitement and liberty that comes with using their motor vehicles. However, some hazards that other motorists do not have to contend with may also affect them.

For example, no protective barriers exist between the road and a motorcyclist, and other drivers might have trouble seeing a motorcycle or anticipating what a motorcycle rider will do. This can quickly lead to an accident resulting in serious injuries to the motorcycle rider. For this reason, it is critical that riders of motorcycles understand their legal rights as well as the remedies available, in the event they are hurt in a biking accident.

Who will pay for my pain and suffering?

If you have been involved in a car accident in Texas, you likely have many questions, including who will pay for the damage to your vehicle and any court fees incurred. Another concern is likely whether or not your insurance company will compensate you for any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the crash.


Explaining the dangers of eating while driving

Distracted driving has become a national topic of conversation in recent years due to the proliferation of cell phone technology. People texting or talking on the phone while driving on Houston’s roads can present almost as great a danger to other motorists as those impaired by drugs or alcohol. Fortunately, solutions have been introduced in recent years to curb handset use while driving. Yet what many fail to recognize when it comes to distracted driving is that there are other equally dangerous forms of distraction that are often overlooked.

The most common of these may be eating. Information shared by the Auto Alliance working in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that 70 percent of drivers admit to eating while behind the wheel, while 83 percent say they drink beverages while driving. Coincidently, the same report shows that those who do choose to engage in such activity while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not.

Cellphone companies face lawsuits over apps

Despite laws regarding cellphone use while driving, many motorists continue to talk and text on their cellular devices while behind the wheel. Not only that, but some motorists take selfies, post pictures on line, record live footage and even FaceTime their friends while they are navigating the roadways. People put their lives, and the lives of everyone on the road, in imminent danger when engaged in these dangerous habits. In some cases, lawsuits have been filed against cellphone companies for failing to develop key safety locks in their apps that may keep cellphone owners from using the features while driving.

One particular case involves an accident that occurred in Texas in 2014, according to Business Insider. A motorist who was using FaceTime while driving did not notice that traffic had come to a stop and hit the back of a stopped car at 65 mph. The five-year-old passenger of the rear-ended vehicle died from her injuries. The two parents and the other child who were in the vehicle sustained serious injuries.  The lawyers of the family claim that Apple may have prevented the accident if the company had implemented a key safety design in their FaceTime software. The lockout feature received a patent and was approved for use that year. It was designed to prevent cellphone owners from using FaceTime while driving. However, the company did not implement the feature, which was involved in the tragic death of the young girl.

Driver falls asleep at the wheel: Kills four

People are warned about the risks of drowsy driving on a regular basis in Texas and across the United States. However, a significant number of drivers and truckers fall asleep while navigating the roadways and in some cases, these tragic occurrences can end in a catastrophic accident, serious injury or death. These accidents are completely preventable, and sadly, lives are lost before people are able to see how dangerous drowsy driving really is.

In Crockett County, a driver who feel asleep at the wheel killed four people and serious injured one. The accident occurred during the early hours of the morning when the 32-year-old driver fell asleep. She then lost control of the vehicle, drove into the center median, rolled the vehicle and landed on the inside lane of traffic. Once the driver freed herself from the vehicle, she climbed on top of the wrecked truck.

Motor vehicle accidents and serious brain damage

Whether people have been involved in a minor fender bender or have been victimized by a major catastrophic collision, they run the risk of receiving damage to the soft tissue of the brain. The delicate brain sits suspended within the skull cavity. Any type of forceful impact to the head, such as when the head hits the steering wheel or side window, could cause the brain to bounce into the hard bones of the skull. At The Martin Law Firm, we understand how serious brain damage can be, as well as the detrimental effects that it can have on a person’s life.

Depending on what part of the brain has been injured and how severe the impact was, people will often experience different symptoms of brain damage. For example, people suffering from mild brain damage may begin to have persistent headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue and have trouble concentrating. Moderate to severe brain trauma often involves tingling in the extremities, seizures and sensory deficits. People may be unable to acquire memories or understand language. While some cases of brain trauma are immediately apparent, others can take days or even weeks to present themselves.

After a Texas truck accident, a lawyer may be your best ally

As every Texan knows, this great land is the largest of the 48 contiguous states, and second only to California for population in the entire nation. The farms of Texas feed the country, and the oil products keep the engines running from coast to coast. Small wonder that scores of big trucks flow in and out of Texas every day.

Houston sits at a key spot in the state. Near the coast and at the convergence of three interstates, Houston is a hub of commerce, and trucks parade through and around the city regularly. Though large quantities of trucks may be a great indicator of prosperity, they can also be a hazard to other motorists.

Increase in freight may mean more truck accidents

Large trucks are an important part of the economy, as they distribute goods across Texas and throughout the country. Although we depend on these massive vehicles, they can be extremely dangerous as well. As the American economys health continues to improve, the American Trucking Associations predict a steady increase in the amount of freight that needs to be distributed each year. In fact, freight is expected to increase by 23.5 percent from 2013 to 2025. While this may be good for jobs and the economy, some are concerned that this increase in freight will cause an increase in tractor trailer accidents as well.

The problem lies in the fact that there is currently a shortage of qualified truck drivers. This career requires people to spend long hours on the road and away from their families. With a growing job market, many prospective truck drivers are choosing other positions close to their homes. The trucking industry may need to find over 100,000 additional truck drivers each year to keep up with the increased demand.

Social media and driving: A deadly combination

Despite reports and media campaigns warning drivers to put their cellphones down while behind the wheel, a significant number of motorists continue to post social media updates, take selfies and engage in other types of cellphone business. According to, at least 660,000 drivers are manipulating their electronic devices at any given time of the day. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms are filled with selfies of people behind the wheel, sailing boats and even flying airplanes.

Snapchat has a speed filter that records how fast a person is going when a selfie is taken. In one case, a woman was convicted of a felony when this snapchat filter caused her to hit another car while traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Although the driver of the other vehicle was not killed, he sustained severe brain injuries as a result of the accident.

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