Category: Vehicle Wrecks

How Parents Can Observe Teen Driver Safety Week

With the coming of fall, the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers, which is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is well behind us. During this deadly period, the risk to teens of being involved in motor vehicle accidents increases by over 40%. Over the summer of 2016, more than 1,050 people throughout […]

Houston’s Drivers and Roads Are Deadliest in U.S.—a Dozen Die Every Week

The numbers are simply staggering.  Every year, on average, 640 people are killed in crashes on Houston-area highways and roadways, several years of statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration show. That breaks down to approximately 12 traffic fatalities every single week. Nearly 3,000 more people are seriously injured. While Houston trails New York, […]

A “Reality Check” on Safety of Driver Assist Systems

Electronic driver assist systems are designed by auto manufacturers to increase road safety. But recent tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that if drivers are not paying careful attention behind the wheel, these systems can actually cause the accidents they are meant to prevent. The IIHS tested five assist systems on […]

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 […]

Two-Vehicle Crash in Highway 190 Leaves Two Dead

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 […]

Aggressive Driving Study Places Texas in Top 5 - Is It Accurate?

According to the Smartphone app GasBuddy, Texas ranks as the 4th worst state when it comes to aggressive driving. Gas Buddy defines “aggressive driving” as: cutting other drivers off, hard braking (sudden stops), and sudden acceleration/speeding. Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) includes those behaviors and a few more, like following too closely (tailgating), in […]