Month: August 2018

Are You Infotained? You Might Also Be Distracted.

In-vehicle information systems, commonly called “infotainment systems,” were designed to make the lives of motorists more convenient. These systems assist drivers with making phone calls, sending text messages, getting directions and listening to the radio and other audio. However, while they offer convenience, do they also cause distraction as drivers press buttons, touch screens and […]

Is Texas Too Easy on Reckless Drivers?

Though Texas is known far and wide as a law-and-order state, there seems a disconnect when it comes to curbing speeding and reckless drivers, according to WalletHub, a social media company which periodically offers “snapshots” of consumer, financial, and government matters on its website. Its recent study found that Texas is the most lenient among […]

The Grave Danger of Golf Carts

In many neighborhoods of Greater Houston, it’s commonplace to see golf carts combing the streets alongside the standard array of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Some municipalities have laws on the books to regulate golf carts, but these laws don’t really help when someone gets hurt. Golf carts pose a unique danger. They are open-sided vehicles—many […]

Driver Fleeing Police Causes Three-Car Collision and Escapes

The long Labor Day weekend is approaching, and along with barbecues and beach parties, comes increased drunk driving enforcement. Throughout the country, every year more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On Texas highways and roadways alone last year, and more than 2,000 people […]

Can Technology Make OTR Trucking Safer?

Over the past decade, technology has made significant inroads in the commercial over-the-road (OTR) trucking industry. Many of the Advanced Safety Technologies (ASTs) that have been developed and adopted by truck manufacturers, through oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), makes these vehicles – and highway traveling for the rest of us – […]

Is Fatigue a Fact of Life for Rideshare Drivers?

The next time an Uber or Lyft rideshare driver picks you up, you might ask him or her when’s the last time they slept, and for how long. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), fatigue and sleepiness are “inherent safety risks” for ridesharing drivers and their passengers. That conclusion was the opening […]

Nursing Homes Haven't Been Forthcoming About Staffing Levels

Medicare data recently analyzed by Kaiser Health News confirms what many have suspected about the quality of care found in most nursing homes in the U.S. It seems that – for a very long time now – there have been fewer nurses and caretaking staff than facilities have reported. The records also disclose frequent and […]

Fairs, Amusement Parks, and What You Should Know About Rider Safety

As the Kansas City Schlitterbahn water slide tragedy of 2016 winds its way toward final resolution, it is again drawing the news spotlight, even if the sensationalism of the accident and upcoming criminal negligence trials tend to draw attention from the bigger picture. Here’s what we now know that we didn’t on the day 10-year-old […]

Do You Know the Danger Zones Around Large Trucks?

There is no doubt that driving near an 18-wheeler can be intimidating. Fully loaded tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When a behemoth of that size collides with a passenger car, it usually doesn’t bode well for the car’s occupants. While truck drivers are taught to keep their eyes out for other vehicles […]

As Kids Head Back to School, Don’t Forget Safety

The end of summer finds hundreds of thousands of Houston-area children returning to school. But this is not without hazards – especially when they’re traveling to and from school. In 2015, 663 vehicle crashes occurred in Texas school zones, seriously injuring 21 children. August and September alone saw 107 school zone traffic accidents. The most […]