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Selfies cause major distraction for drivers

Although many drivers are guilty of using their cellphones to text, type, search the internet and compose emails while behind the wheel, a number of motorists are taking it one step further. Driving selfies, or self-portraits taken by people who should be navigating the road, are not uncommon as people scroll through popular social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In fact, it is rather common to see selfies of people who are stopped at traffic lights and stop signs. Scarier yet are those that are taken as vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed.

IIHS tests show the benefits of underride guards

Although there has been a debate as to whether side underride guards on a truck would really save lives in the case of an accident, studies performed by the International Institute of Highway Safety show the benefits this type of safety equipment may have. In one test, vehicles going 35 mph collided with trucks that were equipped with either AngelWing sideguards or fiberglass sideguards. Vehicles that hit the truck with the AngelWing sideguard, they did not go underneath the truck. Vehicles that struck the truck with the fiberglass underguard, however, continued to slide underneath the trailer and the accident often sheared off the roof of the vehicle.

Texas moving closer to banning texting and driving

While many states have laws prohibiting drivers from texting and driving, Texas has yet to pass similar legislation. Distracted driving injures and kills thousands of people every year in the United States. In order to prevent these avoidable tragedies, law enforcement officers are cracking down on people who choose to use their cellular devices while behind the wheel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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