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distraced-driving-leading-crash-cause-300x2202.5 million people end up in the emergency room for car accident injuries each year. There are millions of accidents on roads each year in the United States. While most of these accidents result in minor car damage and minimal injury, there is still a large number of people who end up in the emergency room with serious injuries resulting from a car accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms in the United States see more than 2.5 million car accident victims each year. Of those 2.5 million, approximately 200,000 result in extended stays. Lifetime medical expenses from United States car crashes total $18 million for victims recovering. The CDC marks traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury in the United States.

Distracted Driving Among Top Causes of Wrecks

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Car crashes are mysteries. Even though roughly 6 million of them happen each year in the United States alone, we seldom learn much. When we do drive by a crash in Dallas, we often slow down to have a look. But there’s never much to see. Two crumpled cars. Maybe one upside down. An ambulance closing its doors.

Without the details of how crashes happen, we tend to dismiss them as the work of “idiots”—drivers who occupy the lower echelons of driving skill and common sense. But while humankind’s measured intelligence is increasing, so is the number of deadly car crashes. After a lifetime of improvement, we saw an 8 percent jump in crash fatalities during 2015, the largest in 50 years. That number rose again in 2016, when more than 40,000 people died in collisions.

In a landmark study published in 2008, researchers at the University of Michigan combed the scene of 6,950 crashes to give us a more detailed analysis of what happened during each crash. Naturalistic driving studies are now equipping cars with accelerometers, sonar, sensors that track driver inputs, and lots of video cameras. Drivers sign up to participate in these studies, and they sometimes crash, leaving researchers with valuable data. We’re also benefiting from the rise of road cams—dashboard-mounted video cameras owned by everyday drivers, aka cammers, who cruise around, record crashes, and then post them on websites like Reddit.
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bigstock-Halloween-pumpkin-head-jack-la-208070650-300x203Halloween is an amazing and fun time of year. Decorations go up, haunted houses advertise spooky thrills, and thousands of trick-or-treaters around the Dallas Metroplex go out in search of a sugar coma.

However, with all the extra activities and people visiting your property, safety hazards can result in serious injuries. If you, as the homeowner, are aware of a hazard on your property that might not be obvious to everyone else and they get hurt, you could be liable. It is important to take necessary precautions when preparing for Halloween to help everyone stay safe and enjoy an accident-free holiday.

How can you increase everyone’s safety during Halloween?

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heatwave12-300x169Summer is a dangerous time to drive: more drunk drivers, new drivers, and more confused tourists are out on the road with you in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

But even if you take other drivers out of the picture, the summer months still have their own inherent climate-related dangers. The heat alone is dangerous for passengers and drivers alike. The most important things to watch out for during the summer months include: tire failure, heat stroke, and an overheated engine.

Tire Failure. The over-usage of drivers on the road, along with excessive heat, can wear down and cause great damage to your tires. Tire damage and failure causes over 11,000 accidents each year.

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driving-in-summer-300x169Summer is in full swing and whether you and your family are enjoying a stay-cation in Dallas, or traveling, you’ll likely be spending a good amount of your time driving in a motor vehicle.

Summer vacation means crowded roads, highways, and sometimes overly-packed cars. To keep yourself and your passengers safe, practice these driving tips.

1. Plan Ahead

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AAVA160_VZ939_H-626x383Autonomous cars are generating considerable buzz for many reasons, but one of the most dramatic centers on public health: Many say self-driving vehicles could drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the tens of thousands of traffic fatalities that occur annually in the U.S.

Human error plays a role in 94 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is why auto makers and regulators believe self-driving vehicles have the potential to be so transformative.

Once driverless cars are on the roads in large numbers, they say, there will be no need for traffic lights because the vehicles will be able to communicate with each other to time when they go through the intersection. The cars will intuitively know what’s a safe speed to travel based on traffic and road conditions, and human errors such as failing to stop at a stop sign or mistakenly driving through a red light will become non-issues.

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3NoHandHeldSign-300x193Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, of the Denton Record-Chronicle, has recently reported motorists may no longer hold their cellphones while driving in Denton.

She reports: “After more than nine months of debate and compromises, the Denton City Council agreed 6-1 to ban drivers from using handheld devices behind the wheel.

Council member Sara Bagheri cast the only opposing vote in a decision that came after an hour of public testimony and debate Tuesday night.

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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.

For example:

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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