Auto Accidents

How Car Accidents Get Classified (And Why You Should Care)

What’s the big deal about classifications related to your car accident? Quite a bit. And this should greatly affect the personal injury lawyer you choose.
The State of Texas maintains an entire guide that defines every last aspect of a motor vehicle crash.

Yes. It’s boring reading. But it can greatly affect fault and how much you may or may not be able to win in an auto accident injury case.

You can check out the 2017 classification guide here if you want to see what it looks like.

For example, the guide defines a “school bus.” That doesn’t seem all that tricky at first. But the definition notes a “school-chartered bus” or a “mass transit authority” bus does not qualify as a “school bus.”

So, that can impact your injury claim, the final outcome, and how much compensation you may or may not get.

More on why this matters in a second. But first, take […]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How to Avoid a Serious Pedestrian Car Accident Injury

How do pedestrians end up with serious injuries, or even lose their lives, in accidents with automobiles? The truth is amazingly simple. Learn what to do to keep yourself, and your family safe.
In light of the data discussed in one of our recent blog posts, which revealed that around half of the world’s annual 70,000 car accident and pedestrian fatalities happen in the US, it’s important to strategize your own safety.

With Texas’ population growth at 1.80%, the third fastest in the country, that means more dangerous drivers on our roads and greater risk to your safety. And then combine this with the DFW Metroplex being the fastest growing metro area in the US, and you have a real recipe for trouble!

While you can’t control what drivers do, you can absolutely control what you do so you nearly eliminate your risk of a serious injury (or even fatality) while you’re a […]

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Distracted Driving Fatalities Don’t Always Result from Cell Phone Use

Believe it or not, cell phones may not be the leading cause of accidents and fatalities resulting from distracted driving. In fact, it could be these other things.
You’ve heard about the dangers of using your phone while driving.

But while it’s the leading cause of accidents and fatalities as far as driving distracted goes, it’s far from the only cause.

Here’s some other driving distractions that also present a serious risk of causing an accident or fatality:
Having a Conversation or Listening to Music
No joke here. This seems so routine that you don’t even think about it when driving.

But technically, having conversations and listening to music does take your focus off the road.

Your focus on driving falls around 40%.

While you think you can multitask, no person’s brain is designed to do so.

“People can’t multitask very well, and when people say they can, they’re deluding themselves,” said neuroscientist Earl Miller regarding his study discussed […]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How to Keep Your Teens Safe While Driving

How do you get a teen to acknowledge that they too can end up seriously injured, or even lose their life in a car accident, when they don’t drive responsibly?
An old joke goes,”I was surprised how little my dad knew when I was 14 and how much he learned when I turned 21.”

That about sums it up for teens, right?

In 2017, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds was nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Facts startle and convince concerned parents of teens.

And teens certainly hear about these stats and certainly have awareness of the dangers of driving. Their high schools and driver’s education courses tell them multiple times.

But…their serious and fatal accident rates still remain disproportionately high.

So how do you get through to teens, who might already know everything, including that there’s absolutely no possible […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How to Overcome Your Teen’s Objections to Wearing a Seatbelt

Those stubborn teens… they know so much more than you, don’t they? Well, here’s what to do about that. And yes, you can get through.
Remember what you were like when you were a teen?

Did you smile and say “yes” and do exactly what your parents said every single time, realizing that they’ve walked your path before and might know a little more than you?

…If only teenage minds worked that way, right?

Or, did you smile and say “yes,” immediately discard what your parents said, and then go and do precisely whatever you wanted?

Maybe you were openly defiant and started arguments with your parents, trying to prove your case to them and why they’re wrong.

Truthfully, your brain doesn’t fully develop until around the age of 25. So, you, and your teenage son or daughter, simply can’t fully comprehend reality until that age.

Well then what do you do when you have a teen […]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

4 Ways to Help Keep Yourself Safe When Driving Alone

Most fatal car accidents happen with just a single driver. Here’s how to make sure you don’t find yourself involved in a serious, or even fatal, accident.
Did you know 58% of police-reported fatal accidents involve only one vehicle?

To add to that, 40% of fatal accidents are caused by collisions with fixed objects or don’t include a collision at all (example: a rollover).

So even when you’re driving alone, without any distractions, you still have a serious risk of an auto accident.

When you’re driving alone, what can you do to keep yourself safe and minimize your risk?

Here’s what to remember:
Keep Your Car Maintained
Healthy maintenance includes keeping your gas tank full. Fill up when your tank’s half empty rather than almost bone dry.

Have your tires checked and rotated so you always keep good control. Have your fluids checked and filled with every oil change.

When you’re aware of a maintenance issue, have it fixed […]

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Seniors Can Avoid Becoming Pedestrian Accident Victims

People age 65 and older account for nearly 20% of all pedestrian fatalities. Learn how to stay safe as a senior pedestrian in a society of constantly distracted drivers.
According to NHTSA data, one pedestrian dies as a victim of a car accident every 1.5 hours (2016).

Further, 2012 data reveals seniors account for a whopping 19.7% of all such fatalities.

So, seniors (defined as those 65 and older) are clearly highly vulnerable to losing their lives when acting as pedestrians.

If you’re a senior citizen, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Fortunately, you have a lot you can do to keep yourself safe:
Be Seen
If possible, avoid walking in low-light conditions altogether. Walking at dusk or dawn makes you hard to see, and drivers won’t even necessarily expect to see you.

So, walk when it’s bright and sunny out.

However, if you have to walk at certain times, wear bright, reflective clothing that makes you […]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

3 Unexpected Ways Older Drivers Get Involved in Fatal Accidents

Senior citizens get involved in car accidents in more ways than you realize. Learn the risks, and how you can keep yourself safe.
You’ve heard the stats.

Teens and senior citizens are the most dangerous and vulnerable drivers.

But, what may surprise you about older drivers is the nature of the accidents they find themselves involved in.

Take a look at the below to understand what I mean:
Motorcycle Fatalities Have Skyrocketed
Some driving instructors jokingly call these adrenaline-inducing vehicles “murdercycles.”

But just how dangerous are they?

According to 2015 data from the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities among older drivers increased an astounding 142% from 2006-2015.

Take action: Of course, you guarantee your safety if you don’t even own a motorcycle. But, we’re probably not going to get you to do that.

The leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities include cars making left turns, lane splitting, the motorcyclist speeding or driving under the influence, and motorcyclists hitting road hazards or fixed […]

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Why Male Drivers Are More Vulnerable to Car Accidents (And What You Can Do)

Motor vehicle crash fatality rates are higher among males in every age group (according to NHTSA data).
You’ve probably heard it said that men are more likely than women to get involved in car accidents.

But those stats give you perspective!

And it explains why car insurance rates are higher for men.

Crazy story: one guy in Alberta, Canada actually changed his gender to save $1100 annually on car insurance. It turns out that, in Canada, gender is a state of mind. So you have to simply go through some paperwork to indicate that you identify as a woman (rather than getting an operation).

Anyway, here’s why men get injured or involved in car accidents more often than women:

Men wear their seatbelt 10% less often than women (according to eSurance)
In fatal car accidents caused by speeding, men (25%) were more likely than women (15%) to speed (NHTSA)
In 2013, the FBI reported 536,202 […]

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How to Stop Your Need to Text While Driving

You know the dangers of texting while driving, but how do you actually stop doing it? It’s much simpler than you think, even if it seems impossible. Learn some easy ways you can put an end to texting while driving.
47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban texting while driving says the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

It’s hard for people to come to agreement on any issue. So when you have 47 of 50 states agreeing on action towards any social problem, you know it’s clearly a valid concern.

And states do this for good reason. Studies frequently show texting while driving is just as or more dangerous than driving drunk.

One study quoted in the New York Times found texting while driving increases your chances of an accident 23 times.

Could you imagine chugging several beers, hopping in your car with your kids, and then telling them, […]

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments