You may know the dangers of driving while using your hand-held or hands-free cellphone. As a way to reduce the amount of distraction caused by using these devices, you may have tried using voice-activated technology. Car manufacturers designed this technology as a way to allow drivers to perform certain tasks, all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. A study released by AAA found, however, than even voice-activated technology can cause significant amounts of distraction. The levels of cognitive distraction varied across different vehicle systems, as well as the difficulty of the task being performed.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it’s only the beginning of the hectic holiday traffic season. As we at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz are aware, it’s also a dangerous time of year for drivers in Texas and elsewhere. You may want to be aware of the hazards you might face while doing your holiday shopping or driving to visit family and friends.
Though it is difficult to avoid road construction when making your way across Texas by car, you may want to work harder to find alternative routes, given just how often work zones are a factor in car crashes. Furthermore, the number of car crashes where work zones are a factor is on the rise across the nation, with many construction zone crashes leading to serious injuries and fatalities.
If you hurt your neck or back in a Texas car crash, particular one in which another vehicle rear-ends yours, you likely will receive a whiplash injury. As Spine-Health.com explains, a whiplash injury occurs when the crash impact causes your head and neck to jerk back and forth, thereby injuring their tissues and nerves.
At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we want your children to have a fun night while trick-or-treating. You and your kids should be aware of the common traffic hazards on Halloween night in Texas.
We are a society on the go. Frequently, many Texas drivers grab a bagel, a doughnut or a cup of coffee to eat or drink as they drive their vehicles through San Antonio's busy thoroughfares. But as drive-safely.net points out, you might be dramatically increasing your chances of getting into a vehicular collision and do not even know it. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that you increase your odds of getting into a car crash by 80 percent if you eat on the road.
When you drive along Texas roadways during the day, natural light helps you to see what is going on around you. Once the sun sets for the night, however, the lack of natural light can make it difficult to see objects in the road, signs, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other drivers. Although the roadways are illuminated by streetlights and headlights, it is often harder to drive in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to die in a car accident while driving at night than you are during the day.
If you suffer injuries in a Texas accident or develop an illness or sickness as the result of medical malpractice, no amount of money you receive in your lawsuit settlement or jury award can fully compensate you for your pain and suffering. Nevertheless, such compensation can give you both a sense of closure and a sense of justice.
Texans who sustain a back injury in an auto, sports or other accident may injure their spine so severely that they must spend the remainder of their lives in a wheelchair. Such was the case with noted Superman actor Christopher Reeve who became paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a riding accident.
As any driver knows, there are many ways to get into motor vehicle accidents, making car crashes one of the biggest hazards facing people today. Whether the risk is getting hurt by a drunk driver, someone texting and driving, an aggressive driver or a person who loses control and engages in road rage, drivers have a lot to watch out for. Drowsy driving is another concern for residents of Texas and elsewhere.