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March 2019 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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