Which Seat is the Safest for Passengers?

Reyes Law Auto Accidents, Safe Driving

Which Seat is the Safest for Passengers? - Reyes Browne Reilley

Every year in the United States, millions of car accidents occur which result in catastrophic injuries and even death. Although these accidents may come without warning, there are several measures you can take to ensure the safety yourself and your loved ones.

The University of Buffalo conducted a study about the relation of crash-related fatalities and occupied seat location. The study found that the safest area of the car during a crash is in the back row. Passengers who are seated behind the front row are 59% to 86% safer than passengers in the front seat.

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Nevada Considering ‘Textalyzer’ Cellphone Scan Technology For Police Use

Nevada Considering 'Textalyzer' Cellphone Scan Technology For Police Use - Reyes Browne Reilley

Although texting while driving is already banned in many states, one state is considering taking this safety measure to the next level. Nevada could potentially pass a legislation which would grant law enforcement officers the ability to search through drivers’ cell phone usage history after a car crash.

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U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40,000 for the Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, there have been more than 40,000 traffic deaths throughout the United States. Although this number is startlingly high, there has been a slight downward trend over the past two years.

In 2017, the traffic death toll of 40,231 decreased by slightly less than 1% compared to 2016’s count of 40,327. The National Safety Council reports that 2018 is down another 1% with an estimated 40,000 traffic fatalities.

Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates - NSC

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Bird Box Challenge Gone Wrong

Angel Reyes III Auto Accidents, Dangerous Behavior, In The News

Bird Box Challenge Gone Wrong - Reyes Browne Reilley

Everyone is talking about the latest Netflix original movie, Bird Box. (For those who have not seen it yet, don’t worry, we won’t release any spoilers.) In the film, the characters must navigate through the world while remaining blindfolded. The internet took this idea and ran with it, thus giving birth to “The Bird Box Challenge.” This meme is centered around performing everyday tasks all the while, you guessed it, remaining blindfolded. Unfortunately, one risky individual took this challenge to the streets.

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The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck

The Bigger The Truck, The Worse The Wreck - Reyes Browne Reilley Accident Attorneys

In the state of Texas, getting your drivers license when you turn 16 is a typical milestone on your journey to adulthood. In northern states and denser metropolitan areas, obtaining a drivers license immediately may not be such a household tradition, as many families rely heavily on public transportation. The wide open plains of Texas are filled with drivers bustling to and from work, home, and travel. However, smaller personal vehicles sharing the road with commercial-grade trucks can pose a very real threat to your daily routine.

Over the last two decades, the number of vehicles on Texas highways increased by 23%, which was 7 points higher than the national average of 16%. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 there were more than 16,000 large-truck crashes in Texas. There were also 7% more of these crashes than the previous year.

The larger, longer, and heavier the truck, the more severe the car wreck. Massive commercial-grade trucks are difficult to pass in heavy traffic, and they also take a longer time and distance to come to a complete stop. This additional force wears through their brakes, tires, and other safety features at a faster rate.

The Texas Police Chiefs Association as well as the North Texas Police Chiefs Association are joining forces to keep our roads as safe as possible. They have both opposed legislation to add larger, heavier trucks on Texas roadways.

Every driver can do their part to proactively avoid automobile accidents by minimizing distractions and staying observant of their surroundings. Keep in mind that large-scale trucks have a delayed response time, and take longer to speed up and slow down. Adding extra spacial padding around your vehicle can help compensate for this potential hazard.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need the most trustworthy legal advocates on your side.

After more than 25 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of professional accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.