Category: Vehicle Wrecks

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 […]

Passing Lanes in Texas Aren’t Fast Lanes

Many drivers in Texas view the left lane as a “fast lane” that allows them to speed past other vehicles to reduce travel times. Some drivers get in the left lane and drive slower than other cars, causing frustration and congestion. Being in the left lane does not give you permission to break the speed […]

What All Drivers Can Do to Improve Motorcycle Safety

Once again, the National Safety Council is telling us that May is National Motorcycle Safety Month.  Its primary goal is to encourage driver awareness that they share the road with motorcyclists and they should drive with their safety in mind. Bikers need all the help they can get: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety […]

Are Construction Zones Becoming More Dangerous?

As the state’s roadway infrastructure continues to expand, the price of progress means more than 2,500 active highway construction and repair work zones. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2017 there were over 27,000 work zone crashes in Texas. That’s an increase of 5% over 2016’s accident count, totaling almost 100 deaths and […]

Here’s Why Back-Seat Passengers Should Always Buckle Up

In the face of warnings being issued for years about the dangers of unbelted back seat passengers in cars, it seems most are ignoring the fact that those same unsecured back seat passengers can suddenly become human missiles in a crash and seriously injure not only themselves, but those in the front seats. This is according to […]

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month - Here's How You Can Observe It

Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest statistics show that each day about 9 Americans are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. It’s one of several reasons why the National Safety Council (NSC), […]

Car Crashes Cause PTSD–It’s Normal!

Every year, approximately 1% of the U.S. population is injured in car crashes; that’s 3,000,000 injured Americans every year! People are accustomed to hearing about damage to necks and backs from car wrecks. However, according to Dr. Todd Buckley with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, “Mental health difficulties such as […]

Wreck

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 3,720 people died on Texas roadways in 2017. And the Insurance Council of Texas states that since our low of 2,761 in 2010, traffic deaths in our state have increased by over one-third (34%). So many people are moving to Texas — more than 1,000 people a day — […]

Winter Accidents

A bipartisan bill that would mandate underride sideguard rails on truck trailers to prevent vehicles from sliding under them is being vetted by Congress as it makes its way through the legislative process. The “Stop Underrides Act of 2017” would require underride guards to be placed on trailers and on the front of trucks; it […]