Although using a hand-held cellphone while driving is not against the law in Texas, the consequences of engaging in this task could be disastrous. In 2017 alone, approximately 3,166 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents and thousands more were injured in similar incidents. In an attempt to stay safe on the road, many drivers have turned to using hands-free cellphones. While hands-free devices allow you to keep your hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road, they still cause a significant amount of cognitive distraction, which could lead to a catastrophic collision.
People in Texas know that the legal drinking age is 21. They also know that driving after consuming alcohol is dangerous and can be illegal if a person is under the age of 21 or has a blood alcohol content level exceeding 0.08%. Unfortunately, these facts seem to make no difference to some people out there as they simply wish to do what they want with no regard for the safety of others.
Many drivers often find themselves falling victim to road rage. This occurs when you let the frustrations of driving get to you, which can lead to some aggressive and dangerous behaviors. Avoiding road rage is crucial, whether it's curbing behaviors affecting your own driving or avoiding other motorists who are driving aggressively. Geico offers the following tips on how you can do just that.
The development of ride-sharing apps in Texas has been nothing short of explosive and pretty much everyone is aware of what an Uber or Lyft is. While these innovative options for getting from place to place have benefited many people, they also pose a unique set of risks to people who accept their use and rely on a ride-sharing app to get them to their destination.
With the explosive growth of ride-sharing companies in Texas such as Lyft and Uber, paying passengers assume a certain level of risk when they agree to travel with a driver they do not know. For one, they must rely on that person's level of responsibility and experience in following the rules of the road and getting them safely from one place to another.
A recent crash in the Fort Worth, Texas area disrupted the wedding plans of two music teachers who lost their lives as a result of the accident. Authorities deemed the cause to be driver fatigue.
For drivers regularly traveling San Antonio roads, steering clear of accidents is crucial. Unfortunately, many people these days operate their vehicles with numerous distractions, whether it’s having a conversation with a passenger or using a smartphone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates the many dangers of distracted driving and also offer insight on how these behaviors are being addressed by law enforcement.
It may be easy for many in San Antonio to assume car accidents to merely be the result of careless driving on the part of all involved. This could lead to the false sense of security that one need not worry about the potential of ever being involved in an accident themselves. Unfortunately, the truth is that no one can control the actions of another, and that even the most alert and defensive driver could find him or herself at the mercy of another's negligence or recklessness.
When collisions between semi-trucks and other vehicles occur in San Antonio, it may easy for many to automatically assign blame to the truck drivers involved. After all, theirs are the biggest vehicles involved, and typically, they are the ones most likely to walk away from such accidents unharmed (again, due to the size of their trucks). Yet what many do not fully appreciate is the amount of training these drivers go through in order to avoid accidents. Often such training causes them to be more aware of what is going on around them than other drivers. The notion that they are rarely injured in accidents may also be untrue.
Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft not only make it easier for people in San Antonio to get to where they need to be, but they also offer local residents the chance to make a few extra dollars on top of their regular jobs. Of course, working as a driver brings with it certain risks, the chief among those being an increased risk of being in a car accident due to the added time spent on the road. Uber does offer some insurance protection (depending on where a driver was in relation to transporting a fare), yet securing insurance reimbursement in a ride-share accident can often be a tricky proposition.