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November 2016 Archives

How can ignition interlock devices reduce DUI fatalities?

Many people in Texas and across the country lose their lives in devastating car accidents involving drunk drivers. In 2014, 9,067 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents and 1,323 of those preventable deaths occurred in Texas. As a way to minimize the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, many states have implemented legislation requiring all convicted DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for a certain period of time.

Three fatally injured in a commercial truck accident

The massive size and weight of commercial trucks alone makes them more difficult for drivers to operate and share the road with other motorists. Large truck drivers must be properly trained and qualified to maneuver these giant vehicles through Texas traffic. Unfortunately, not all truckers adhere to state and federal regulations. When large truck operators are intoxicated, drowsy, distracted or driving in an otherwise reckless manner, they risk the lives of everyone on the road.

The basics of comparative negligence in Texas

If you suffered an injury or loss in an automobile accident in Texas that was not your fault, you are likely wondering how you can receive compensation for the damages you incurred. While you have to prove the other driver was negligent in order to secure compensation, you also need to be aware of another aspect that could affect the amount of compensation you receive. When calculating the amount of damages to be awarded, Texas uses a concept known as modified comparative negligence to determine the percentage each party will have to pay.

Truck malfunctions could lead to serious accidents

Motorists share the road with large trucks on a daily basis. Most drivers believe that the tractor trailer driving next to them is well-maintained and consider it safe to be out on the road. Surprisingly, there are a number of large trucks that are not properly maintained. At The Martin Law Firm, we know that issues with equipment failure on big rigs can cause catastrophic truck accidents involving serious injuries and even death in some cases.

What you should know about driving at night

If you don’t like to drive after the sun goes down, there may be good reason. For motorists in Houston and across the state, driving at night is completely different than driving in full sunlight. In fact, many people avoid navigating the roadways in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly car accident at night than you are driving during the daytime. This increased risk can be caused by several different factors.

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