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shutterstock_1245274481-300x200In order to begin to comprehend the issues surrounding distracted driving, it’s important to get a view of the bigger picture. Consider this about texting and driving:

In 2011, 23 percent of all car accidents reported were attributed to the driver using a cell phone in some capacity – talking, texting and driving, browsing, and even playing games – this number has increased to 54 percent in 2017.

Last year, 3,500 people died in car accidents that are attributable to distracted drivers, including texting and driving. This doesn’t necessarily relate to the use of cell phones, but encompasses all driver distractions.

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car-accident-statistics-1Although automobile manufactures are always coming out with new and improved safety features, car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in Dallas and in the United States.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration), the amount of traffic accidents has slowly decreased in Texas, but on average there are still about 3,300 fatalities a year in the Lone Star State alone. Surprisingly, at least 10% of those accidents involve drivers who are 16-20 years of age.

The main causes of most automobile accidents are drunk or distracted drivers. Despite all the public service announcements and growing awareness of the dangers of using cellular phones while driving, recent surveys show that most drivers are willing to risk others’ lives and their own to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. Texting increases the risk of having a car crash by a whopping 23 percent! For more information about distracted driving visit www.Distraction.gov.

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1018-mayim-bialik-tmz-3-300x247The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik just recently filed a lawsuit after her terrifying car accident in August of 2012. Rumors say she almost lost her hand, but Mayim has denied that claim.

According to Mayim, “I sustained significant injuries for which I am still recovering and will continue to be recovering.” She says although she’s not one hundred percent, she’s glad her face wasn’t torn open.

But that’s only part of the story. Just shortly after the accident, Mayim blogged about what actually happened, saying she was “lefty typing” because of the damage done to her right hand in the accident, which was just short of a head-on collision. She also said a man named Tim and another unknown man saved her from losing blood and helped her talk to her husband at the scene.

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shutterstock_1058724321-300x198In case you don’t know who George Zimmerman is, he was recently acquitted of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in what was one of the most publicized trials in recent history. On July 13, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty, and determined that he acted in self-defense. But that’s another story.

This story is about what happened last Wednesday. George and another man helped a couple and their two children escape from an Ford Explorer that had rolled over and caught on fire before the sheriff’s office got to the scene of the accident. So George made the news yet again. The incident happened in Sanford, Florida near the intersection of Interstate 4 and State Road 46. Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, didn’t witness the crash and left the scene after talking to police. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

Although there is no shortage of controversy surrounding Mr. Zimmerman, his actions at the crash were deemed by many as heroic. However, a public affairs representative for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department said the appropriate action is based on each individual situation. According to the rep, “It’s always nice when a stranger is willing to risk their lives. But people should always call 911.”

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burleson-crashAs is far too often the case, police believe alcohol was involved in a four-car crash this past Saturday. The incident happened just before midnight on Burleson Retta Road and caused so much destruction that police closed off a quarter-mile of road with crime tape and police cars until Sunday afternoon.

A youth pastor was one of four people killed in this horrific four-vehicle collision. Sadly, Brian Jennings and two other “good Samaritans” were trying to help a stranded vehicle when another driver hit it on the dimly lit country road. Nine people were also injured and two of those are in critical condition. According to Linda Caram, the crash was so loud, her husband and she thought it sounded like an explosion. They literally had car parts scattered across their driveway. After hearing the crash, Linda and her husband received a call from a neighbor saying his wife and daughter were among those killed.

Although the names of victims have not yet been released, Alsbury Baptist Church confirmed that its youth minister Brian Jennings was among those killed. Jennings was a father of three, and had just left a party f held in honor of his oldest con, who had graduated from Centennial High School in Burleson. Jennings was once a troubled teen who had turned his life around as an adult by helping others. Brian apparently loved video games, board games, dancing and making people laugh.

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shutterstock_17890870-300x199As we all know, many veterans must deal with the devastating effects of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). But that’s not the only problem soldiers face. Believe it or not, veterans of both wars have a 75% higher rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents than civilians. In fact, those STILL in the military have a higher risk of crashing their vehicles months after returning home. And the men and women who served in multiple combat zones are at the highest risk of those accidents.

These findings are based on research and observation of service members, veterans and counselors. The explanation given is that soldiers who had to maneuver throughout roads in war zones did so with the intention of saving lives. However, those same driving habits are highly dangerous on America’s roads. Some of these maneuvers include racing through intersections, driving in two lanes, swerving on bridges and not wearing seat belts because they prevent them from what they perceive as a rapid escape.

Another major contributing factor is the obvious – PTSD. Thousands of veterans suffer from this horrible disorder, and unfortunately, a major symptom of PTSD is drunken driving. This evidence is based on both research and testimonies from other veterans.

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buscrash-300x225Around 9 a.m. this morning, there was a bus accident on Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas.  The bus hit a rubber crash barrier on the east side of the tollway, swerved across two lanes of traffic, crashed into the middle concrete barrier, and finally flipped over onto the grassy area in the middle of the turnpike.  The flipped bus ended up on it’s right side (where the exit doors were located) and many passengers tried to climb out through the emergency hatches on the roof, or through the windows.  The reason for the crash is still under investigation.

There were 45 people on the passenger list at the time of the incident.  Most of them were reported to be elderly.  Two of these people didn’t survive this tragedy and 41 were injured.  When the emergency vehicles arrived, people were rushed to nearby hospitals.  Victims experienced everything from cuts and scrapes to severe internal injuries.  Sixteen of the patients are in critical condition.

Most of the bus passengers were not wearing seatbelts during the time of the crash.  As a result, when this crash occurred, many people ended up crushing each other in a pile.

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reyes-blog-031113-300x225According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) FARS Data, Texas is the most dangerous state for drivers in the US with over 3,000 traffic related fatalities reported in 2011. Most of these drivers were between the ages of 25-34.

These are the top 4 causes of accidents in Texas:

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reyes-blog-022513-200x299Although automobile manufactures are always coming out with new and improved safety features, car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration), the amount of traffic accidents has slowly decreased in Texas, but on average there are about still about 3,300 fatalities a year in the Lone Star State alone. Surprisingly, at least 10% of those accidents involve drivers who are 16-20 years of age.

The main causes of most automobile accidents are drunk or distracted drivers. Despite all the public service announcements and growing awareness of the dangers of using cellular phones while driving, recent surveys show that most drivers are willing to risk others’ lives and their own to answer a call or text while behind the wheel. Texting increases the risk of having a car crash by a whopping 23%! For more information about distracted driving visit www.Distraction.gov.

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