May 2018 Archives

Coverage of recent crash provokes Tesla CEO's criticism

Since launching its Autopilot program, Tesla has run into a few problems. In response, Tesla and its supporters are attacking the media's coverage of autonomous vehicles. However, the recent wave of collisions involving self-driving vehicles has made some Texas motorists wary about the new technology.

Law enforcement getting ready to monitor unsafe drivers

Operation Safe Driver Week will be held from July 15 to 21. It is run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with law enforcement officials in Texas and throughout the nation looking for unsafe drivers. Authorities are looking for unsafe behaviors from both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents on the road. According to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the vast majority of accidents happen because of driver error.

Seat belts reduce the severity of car crash liver injuries

All passenger vehicle occupants in Texas are required to fasten their seat belts, and road safety advocacy groups have long campaigned for similar laws to be adopted across the country. It is well documented that seat belts can save lives, and a study reveals that they can also reduce the chances of suffering a severe liver injury. The research team's findings were published online on March 29 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

NHTSA says pickups with dangerous air bags should be parked

Some Texas drivers may have heard about faulty Takata airbag inflators installed in a variety of different vehicles that have killed more than 12 people and injured hundreds. In January, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration first issued a warning about 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups. On May 7, the NHTSA reinforced its warning.

Underride truck accidents may be preventable

You may think that staying far behind tractor-trailers is the safest way to share the Texas highway with them. You allow them to pass rather than traveling with one looming in your rear-view mirror. This is one example of the anxiety trucks create in many drivers of smaller vehicles. Such drivers understand that an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, and the results are often catastrophic.

Refinery fires raise concerns about hydrogen fluoride use

Texans who live near refineries might be forced to evacuate when they have fires or explosions if the refineries use hydrogen fluoride. This toxic chemical can cause lung damage and destroy tissue down to the bones of people who are exposed to a gas plume from an explosion or fire.

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