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For the first time in ten years, road fatalities are on the rise across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 35,000 people were killed in U.S. car accidents last year. Half of the deaths happened because the driver or passenger was not wearing a safety belt. One-third of the deaths occurred because a driver was drunk. Finally, one out of ten happened because a driver was distracted. [Read more…]
The holidays are upon us. This is a time to celebrate with friends and family. These celebrations often involve driving long distances to see friends and family, heading to a celebration at the local bar, or sending 2016 off at a friend’s house.
Regardless of where Houstonians celebrate, these big celebrations are sure to include alcohol.
Drivers in Houston, Harris County, and anywhere in Texas drive on some of the deadliest roads in the country. Texas has always had a serious problem with traffic fatalities, but fatal accidents have actually increased over the past five years. Nowhere are drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists more at risk than when passing through an intersection.
Sadly, in 2013, Houston was named the #1 most dangerous city in the country for red-light accidents. Between 2004 and 2013, 181 people died in Houston intersections from drivers running red lights. That figure only includes these types of accidents, just one common cause of fatal traffic accidents in Harris County. [Read more…]
This March, Houston, Texas, mourned the loss of three teen girls whose lives were cut short by a tragic car crash that could have been avoided. Jade Robinson, 17, Brianna Robinson, 19, and Brittanie Johnson, 18, were returning from a spring break trip to Padre Island when their friend and driver used her cell phone’s GPS feature. The driver swerved, over-corrected and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler, killing her three passengers.
Jade was the captain of her school’s volleyball team and recently received a full scholarship to Tennessee Wesleyan in the fall. It was just the latest fatal car crash in the Houston area that involved distracted driving, most often caused by motorists texting while driving. [Read more…]
This month marked our 12th anniversary as a law firm here in Houston, Texas.
The thing is, not all local businesses can say that they’ve been around for 12 years. And for our longevity, we truly thank the people of Houston, Texas.
Too many people do not give much thought to preparing for issues that may arise on the road. Their trunks are empty, they have no supplies, and if they ever break down, they are out of luck and at the mercy of passersby.
A little preparation can go a long way if disaster strikes on the road. If you stock your car with a few basic items, you will be able to handle matters if you are in a car accident, your car breaks down, or you are stranded in bad weather. There are several types of market-ready car kits you can purchase, or you can make your own.
Below are some essential items you want to include and always keep with you. This is a fairly comprehensive list, but make sure you assess your own personal needs and pack accordingly.
It can be easy to look at celebrities’ lives from afar and think that their problems aren’t real. We can sit, from the comfort of our own homes, and watch them on television, quietly observing their lives unfold in front of our eyes. However, these celebrities are people, too. They have families, they get diseases, and they suffer, sometimes as the result of a devastating car accident.
Uber drivers are susceptible to car accidents just like all other drivers. However, when you consider the reduction of DUIs since Uber’s inception, it is clear that opting for a ride-sharing company’s services can decrease the risk of accidents. An increasing number of people are using Uber instead of getting behind the wheel after they have had a few drinks. Having affordable transportation options like Uber makes people far less likely to drive drunk.
We have all been there. We have all experienced the frustration when someone cuts you off or tailgates you and almost causes a car accident. It is easy to act on that anger, but if you do you risk creating an extremely dangerous situation.
Road rage is a serious cause for concern and poses a real threat to everybody on and near the roadway. According to an AAA Foundation survey, a whopping 90 percent of the drivers believed aggressive drivers were either a “somewhat” or “very serious” threat to their personal safety.
Road rage is not just unnerving—it can be deadly. In a separate study of 10,000 events of road rage over a seven-year period, the AAA Foundation reported that road rage resulted in 218 murders and 12,610 injuries.
In this article, we share tips from industry experts for both avoiding the feelings of road rage and for avoiding becoming a victim of road rage (and by extension, car accidents). If another driver is making you fear for your safety, call 911 and drive to the nearest police station. [Read more…]