It's no surprise that car crash numbers go up during the summer when more motorists are on the roads. Since some of the most frequent outcomes of car crashes are traumatic brain injuries, Texas motorists should understand the nature of these conditions. It turns out that TBIs are frequently subject to misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses.
Texas motorists may have heard that Ford Motor Co. is recalling 550,000 sedans and SUVs over fears the vehicles could roll away while parked. Around 504,000 of the affected vehicles are located in the U.S., and the rest are in Canada and Mexico.
Many of the new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs on sale in Texas and around the country are packed with innovative passive and active safety features, but figures from the Highway Loss Data Institute suggest that the size and weight of a vehicle may be more important than the number of airbags it contains. The nonprofit group collects and analyses traffic accident statistics to help insurance companies manage risk and set premiums, and its study of 2014, 2015 and 2016 vehicles reveals that safety increases along with vehicle size.
If you have been driving in Texas for any length of time, you can likely relate to those who say they feel like their lives are at risk every time they get behind the wheel. High-speed traffic, distracted drivers and the sheer volume of vehicles can leave motorists feeling nervous, even if they are only taking quick jaunts to nearby convenience stores or commuting to and from work. Some road locations typically feel less safe than others do.
Drivers in Texas may want to be extra conscious of distracted driving during the upcoming summer months. In response to the increased risk of summertime driving, the Travelers Institute has issued a warning to motorists.
Distracted driving is becoming more of an issue with the development of mobile tech and automated features. Drivers in Texas should know that according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, last year saw 37,150 fatalities on the roads. This is a 10 percent increase from 2014, and while the increase has not been definitively linked to technology, the parallel is clear.
Texas residents who want to have fun on Independence Day without injuring themselves should first of all know what the most common dangers are during this holiday period.