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Aggressive drivers can cause fatal accidents

Many drivers can identify with a situation where they are stuck in traffic for a prolonged period of time or in a rush to get to their destination and they begin to experience feelings of aggression. According to a AAA study, approximately 80 percent of drivers agree that they have suffered serious anger and rage while driving amongst other motorists. While some degree of anxiety is normal, too much stress and anger can lead to road rage, which can be a significant risk to other drivers on the road. Interestingly enough, men are reported to be three times more likely to experience road rage than women.

Identifying the signs of a drunk driver

Drunk drivers take the lives of many innocent people in Texas and across the United States every year. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there are more drunk driving fatalities in Texas than in any other state in the nation. In 2015, 290,000 people were injured and 10,265 people were killed in drunk driving accidents. At The Martin Law Firm, we understand that drunk drivers endanger the safety and the lives of everyone on the road. By being able to spot the signs of an intoxicated motorist, you may be able to save your life, or the life of someone else.

How is aggression linked to increased incidents of car accidents?

Whether you have been stuck in traffic or in a hurry to get to your destination, you may have felt a sense of rage when navigating the road alongside other drivers. Surprisingly, aggressive driving is somewhat common in Texas and throughout the U.S. AAA reported that eight out of 10 motorists admitted to having experienced road rage at some point in time. Furthermore, men are more likely than women to engage in these aggressive behaviors. Although you may have engaged in this type of driving behavior, it is important to keep in mind that aggressive driving can be extremely dangerous.

Measuring the safety of voice-activated technology

During a cognitive distraction study published by AAA, researchers discovered that drivers who used a hands-free cellphone while behind the wheel experienced a significant amount of cognitive distraction. The study had drivers engage in several tasks while operating a vehicle in order to test the amount of distraction that was produced. The results of the study also showed that when participants were asked to use a voice-activated device, they had the greatest amount of cognitive distraction. This information prompted researchers to set up a follow-up study to look at exactly how distracting this technology can be.

Elderly motorists pose a risk to Texas drivers

When people think about potential hazards that affect drivers on the road, elderly drivers in Texas may not be the first issue that comes to mind. However, as the generation of baby boomers ages, the dangers of elderly driving becomes a serious problem that may need to be given further attention. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that 33 states in the nation have specific legislation focused on elderly drivers. Older drivers in Texas can renew their driver’s licenses every six years until they reach the age of 85-years-old. At that time they must renew every two years.

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