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Texting and Driving - Reyes Law - Dallas Texas

The technology exists — we just don’t have the stomach to implement it,” said Deborah Hersman, the president of the National Safety Council and the former chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board. In 2012, the safety board sent a letter to the wireless industry association urging the companies to prevent drivers from using their phones while driving.

“Technology got us into this situation. Technology will get us out,” she said. However, she added, “We’re so afraid to tell people what they should do that you can kind of get away with murder under these conditions.”

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The federal goveHPxse2e00siqKYsXh1S3EFRi5sUrnment is paving the way for self-driving vehicles to become commonplace on U.S roads. Tuesday morning, the Department of Transportation is slated to release guidelines for the testing and deployment of automated vehicles. Government officials say autonomous vehicles will make transportation safer, more accessible, more efficient and cleaner.

“Typically, we would say a car has to meet X standard a certain way,” said Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation. “We recognize that there are going to be different types of innovation that will come to us, and we intend to evaluate each of those on its own returns.”

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Reyes Law - Texting while driving - Dallas TexasDistracted driving in the U.S. is a widespread and dangerous habit, practiced both brazenly and surreptitiously by so many motorists that police are being forced to get creative, but still can’t seem to make much headway.

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In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as a homeless man, stood near a busy intersection and radioed ahead to officers down the road about texting drivers. In two hours, police gave out 56 tickets.

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Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Vehicles Have Open Safety Recalls

When a safety defect in an automobile is serious enough to warrant a recall, the problem affects not only the vehicle owner and passengers but also people in other vehicles whose lives you may be putting in danger. A defective power steering system, brake system, or air bags can cause traffic accidents which injure and kill innocent people. It is our responsibility to take vehicle recall announcements very seriously.

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Every parent has considered the nightmare of a police officer notification regarding a serious car wreck involving their child. In your frantic car ride to the hospital, you dread what you may see upon arrival and pray your child is OK. You can’t help but feel responsible for your child’s suffering, since at one point you were the one who made the decision regarding how much money to spend on their car so they would have better odds of surviving this exact situation.

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Even though the roads that we drive on nationwide are getting statistically safer, the improvements to motor vehicle safety have not been shared equally by everyone. A recent study has shown that people with a higher education have a lower probability of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than people with less than a high school diploma. The study in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds that since 1995, most driving safety improvements have gone to people with higher education. And in the lower-educated group, the mortality rate is even increasing.

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Buying a pickup truck with an extended cab might seem like a good idea for safety-conscious drivers concerned about transporting their families on our dangerous highways. An extended cab makes more room for passengers or other cargo in the back seat of a pickup truck and is a popular option for families that use their pickup truck as their primary vehicle. Like SUV’s people choose pickup trucks for their assumed safety as they are larger and their occupants ride higher than in most passenger vehicles. Pickups are thought to be a safer option in the event of a frontal collision than a passenger vehicle and ideal for young families. That may have been true until just recently when the Ford Motor Company decided to replace the steel body structure of their popular 2015 F-Series of pickup trucks with lighter, less expensive aluminum, but then failed to add safety steel reinforcements to their extended cab models as they had done to other models.

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car-safety-gear-cuts-deaths-in-dallas-300x200Driving regulations, such as no texting and driving, are good measures to ensure drivers are safer on the road, but are not the only actions in place to keep roads safer. A new study shows that safety gear and equipment being installed in new model cars has proven to decrease the amount of deaths resulting from auto accidents.

According to the Wall Street Journal, federal data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December 2014 shows that safety features being built into cars in recent years have allowed for a drop in auto fatalities. In the study, it shows that in the past decade the number of fatalities from accidents has dropped by nearly two-thirds with each new model car released. In 2013, the number of fatalities dropped by 3.1% over the previous year, while the number of those injured fell 2.1%.

Traction And Stability Systems Lead To Safer Vehicles

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car-wreck-dangers-dallas-300x200A car accident is a traumatizing experience that can lead to serious injuries and well as long-term emotional troubles. Here are six things that might shock you about car accidents.

1. Thirty-One Percent of Fatal Accidents Involve Alcohol

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. involved an alcohol-impaired driver. There were 10,322 fatalities in the U.S. that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

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car_crash-300x199With its large population, Texas unsurprisingly sits at the top of the list in total number of traffic accident fatalities. It saw 3,398 traffic fatalities in 2012, topping the list. Here are some of the top causes of accidents in Texas.

It was in the top ten in fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below are some statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation that highlight the most common causes of accidents in Texas.

Failing to Control Speed

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