Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Car crash numbers go up in summer

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.

Larger cars are safer according to HLDI study

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.

Infotainment systems linked to distracted driving

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.

GHSA analyzes role of marijuana, opioids in fatal car crashes

In 2016, 44 percent of fatally injured drivers with known drug test results had drugs in their system. This is according to a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Drivers in Texas will want to know more about the study and what its implications are.

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.

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