The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced its final 2018 tally of both nationwide traffic fatalities overall, as well as numbers for certain segments. There was both good news and bad news in these latest statistics about traffic fatalities.
According to a recent report, Texas's ongoing problem with motor vehicle accidents related to drunk driving are not just an issue for motorists traveling after dark. While the common perception of drunk driving is that it happens after an evening or afternoon of partying, this recent study suggested that almost 17% of all fatal car accidents in Texas that happened between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. were related to drunk driving.
Being involved in an accident with another car is never something an Austin resident wants to experience. Too often, motor vehicle accidents of any type leave a person with significant injuries that require time off work and expensive medical treatment. Moreover, recovering from the trauma of an accident can be a struggle, particularly in the worst-case scenario in which a loved one dies because of the collision.
Although they know in theory that the practice is illegal, many drivers in the Austin area may be tempted to try and beat a light just as it is turning red. They may think that there is little harm in this practice since cross-traffic does not start traveling through an intersection immediately or because they do not see anyone coming. While some people who think this way may just get lucky and have nothing happen, the reality is that when drivers choose to run red lights, other people are the ones who get hurt.
A recent motorcycle accident that ended with at least one vehicle in flames has killed both a former University of Texas football star and his passenger dead. Authorities said both the football player and another woman died at the scene of the accident.
While there is a lot of talk about a deadly opioid epidemic impacting Texas and the rest of the country, people could also quite rightly speak of a traffic accident epidemic as well. By way of example, between 2006 and 2012, 100,000 people died in connection with the opioid epidemic, that is, from drug overdoses or other drug-related issues. However, in the same years, almost 190,500 people died from car accidents. Moreover, this number does not represent all car accidents, but just those which police attributed to drunk driving, distracted driving and speeding.
A severe accident in another part of the country left seven motorcyclists dead. The motorcyclists were reportedly part of a group of active and former Marines who enjoyed riding their motorcycles together. The tragic story attracted national media attention.
There are many private and public media awareness campaigns designed to help people in Texas and throughout the rest of the country understand just how dangerous distracted driving is, but we should not overlook another danger that has been present on the roads since the automobile was invented: drunk driving. But, just how dangerous is drunk driving?
Our readers in the Austin area are probably used to seeing news reports about car accidents here or there, but any time a fatality is involved it can be a shock for the local community. That was the case in an incident from earlier this year, in which a Capital Metro bus struck a bicyclist, resulting in the bicyclist's death.
Austin sees a number of car accidents every year, so it is fortunate that the vast majority are only "fender benders." The fact is, there is a very real possibility that anyone involved in a car accident can suffer minor or even serious injuries. In the worst of these accidents, there is a fatality. When Texas residents are injured in car accidents, they may have legal options to explore. So, what are some basics questions about a personal injury claim that our readers should have answered?