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Eating while driving: is it dangerous?

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 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.

Why is driving at night so dangerous?

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.

How much is pain and suffering worth in Texas?

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.

Which types of back injuries cause paralysis

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.

Focus on drowsy driving awareness

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.

Cognitive distraction and cellphone use causes accidents

Cognitive distraction is just one type of distraction drivers can experience while behind the wheel. When motorists are engaged in two tasks simultaneously, their brain bounces back and forth between the two activities. According to the National Safety Council, this leaves moments in time where the motorist is not concentrating on the road at all. During these moments, a driver’s ability to respond to objects in the road, pedestrians, bicyclists, bad weather conditions and other drivers is compromised. This can lead to serious accidents, death and injuries.

Car crashes and traumatic brain injuries

At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz in Texas, we know that car crash injuries can be catastrophic. One of the most fearsome injuries you can receive is a traumatic brain injury. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 286,000 people sustain a crash-related TBI each year

Study: Combination of apps, cash could fight texting and driving

Despite the public education campaigns, new laws and plain common sense, teens continue to text, email, use apps and otherwise engage with their cellphones while driving. More than half of U.S. teens admit to texting and driving even as car crashes became the No. 1 cause of death among American teens. Drivers between 15 and 19 are now more likely than any other age group to be killed in distracted-driving crashes.

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