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April 2018 Archives

The nature of commercial truck accident settlements

Texas victims of commercial truck accidents have two ways they can seek compensation. They can let their personal injury lawsuit go through a trial in civil court, or they can opt for settling out of court. They may find that the trucking company's representatives will prefer the out-of-court settlement.

Study finds daydreaming a major factor in distracted driving

Drivers in Texas with their heads in the clouds may be more dangerous than if they have cellphones in their hands. Erie Insurance examined five years of data from the nationwide database of deadly motor vehicle accidents called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The database includes the cause of the accident as reported by law enforcement. Around one out of every 10 people of the 172,000 who died in traffic accidents in that time period were in a crash in which distracted driving was a factor.

Eating while driving: it's too dangerous

Many people eat while driving. It's fairly common to pull into a drive-thru, order a meal and then proceed to your destination while eating your burger. Most Texas drivers have probably operated a motor vehicle while eating at the same time, and most people probably assume it is perfectly safe.

Ford orders recall of popular SUV and pickup truck models

Some Texas motorists might have heard that Ford Motor Company announced on April 6 that it would be sending recall notices to approximately 300,000 vehicle owners around the country. The car maker says that it is recalling some of its 2018 Expedition SUVs, F-150 pickup trucks and F-650 and F-750 heavy commercial vehicles to fix a transmission issue. The problem has been linked to at least one injury accident. A total of about 350,000 vehicles sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico are being recalled.

Professor says autonomous cars should not drive like humans

Texas motorists who have followed the development of autonomous cars may be aware that in Arizona in March, a self-driving Uber car killed a pedestrian. According to a professor at Arizona State University whose research includes examining how computers control systems such as autonomous cars, the safety problem with self-driving vehicles is that they are being to taught to drive like humans. This means they make the same mistakes that a human driver would.

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