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How oil fields can lead to increases in traffic deaths

Oil is a huge industry in the United States. The industry contributes hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy and employs over 100,000 people.

However, oil production can also be a dangerous business. While oil workers certainly work in a high-risk environment, oil fields can cause unintended safety concerns for their neighbors as well.

Combatting trucker fatigue to improve safety

Anyone in Tennessee who has been in a standard passenger car right next to a semi-truck knows how dwarfed this makes one feel. You instantly realize the massive size and weight differential of the two vehicles and are aware of how people in passenger vehicles are at a big disadvantage if they are involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler. One safety factor that can contribute to an accident and has long been of concern is fatigue among truckers. 

Who could start a wrongful death case?

Spouses, parents and children of someone who suffered an untimely death may have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. If you found yourself in the unfortunate position of losing a close family member, it could be possible for you to bring suit against the responsible party.

Drowsy drivers could be placing you at risk for accidents

Any drive down the interstate will reveal the various risks that drivers face every day. From distracted drivers to poor road conditions to speeding motorists, there are multiple things that could lead to an increased chance of a car accident. What you may not notice is that you are also probably sharing the road with drowsy drivers.

Seeking compensation after the wrongful death of a loved one

It is nearly impossible to be prepared for the unexpected death of a loved one. When a parent, spouse or child dies in a preventable traffic accident, you may experience emotions ranging from sorrow to grief to fury. This is perfectly natural, especially when the accident was the result of someone else's negligence or intentional actions.

HANDS-FREE CELLPHONES AND COGNITIVE DISTRACTION

Although drivers in Texas are able to legally use a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel, statistics show the dangers of engaging in this deadly practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2016 alone. The number of people injured and killed in these types of tragedies continues to increase as people cannot put their cellphones down while driving. Some people use hands-free cellular devices as a safe alternative to hand-held cellphones. Yet, studies show that even these cellphones can lead to devastating crashes.

More hours behind the wheel mean increased chance for accidents

As you have likely noticed, there are many people driving at any given time. Even if you are driving in the middle of the night, you have probably noticed there are plenty of other vehicles on the highway and interstate with you. This is not just your imagination – studies indicate there are more cars on the road than ever before.

Americans are driving more, which means they may be facing a higher risk of involvement in a car accident. Simply put, the more time a person is in the car, the more likely it is that he or she will eventually be in a collision of some kind. With this in mind, you understand why it is critically important to consider ways to make Texas interstates, highways and roads safer for everyone. 

Tesla under investigation after two troubling car accidents

Texas readers know Tesla is a popular car company that sells vehicles that come with advanced technological systems, such as an autopilot system and automatic emergency braking system. In many Tesla models, drivers have the option to engage the autopilot system. However, a recent accident is raising questions regarding the safety and effectiveness of that driver assistance system.

Although this specific accident took place in another state, you may find it interesting to note that it resulted in two federal agencies launching investigations into the popular automaker and its vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board sent teams to look into this accident and determine what happened. The two groups are likely attempting to determine if the driver had the autopilot engaged at the time of the crash.

Auto crashes and seasonal allergies

In many parts of the U.S., seasonal allergies are right around the corner. Those who are adversely affected by pollen may dread this time of the year, and their symptoms may flare up in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, allergies can do more than just cause a sufferer to struggle with a runny nose and itchy eyes. In fact, seasonal allergies can even increase the chances of a car crash, for multiple reasons. Whether you have allergies or another driver is struggling with this condition, it is important to be aware of these risks during the springtime.

Someone who suffers from seasonal allergies may have debilitating headaches, which could affect their driving abilities. Moreover, they may be deprived of sleep because their symptoms keep them up at night. Furthermore, many people who suffer from seasonal allergies take medications that could cause them to become drowsy, and this is especially dangerous if they get behind the wheel. Sneezing, reaching for tissues and taking one’s hands off of the wheel to rub the eyes can also be very distracting.

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