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Accident with 2 school buses injures 29

Going on school field trips are always highlights of children's academic years. While they typically are billed as educational events, they are also opportunities for kids to have fun with their friends in a setting outside of the classroom.

Few parents consider that field trips could turn into a dangerous situation for their offspring. Yet for some Houston 5th graders from the Navasota Independent School District (NISD), that's exactly what happened this week.

The causes of vehicle rollovers

A vehicle rollover -- whether there is an initial crash that causes it or not -- can be particularly violent. Victims of rollovers often suffer serious and even fatal injuries. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the common causes of rollovers and who is most at risk. Let's take a look at some of the facts.

Safety experts say that driver behavior is responsible for many rollovers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 90 percent of fatal, single-vehicle crashes occur when a driver is doing something fairly routine.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

As residents of Houston realize, the month of April can be fraught with severe weather events that make driving dangerous. But while there may not be anything people can do about the weather in southeast Texas, there are definitely ways to modify our driving patterns to keep the roads safer.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) timed its "Heads up" campaign to thwart this dangerous driving habit.

Could geckos be key to reversing spinal cord injuries?

Perhaps the worst type of car crash other than a head-on collision is a vehicle rollover, as the injuries suffered by the vehicle's occupants can be severe and life-altering.

Spinal cord injuries are frequent results of these type of motor vehicle accidents and often involve varying degrees of paralysis. While that is never good news for the victims, there is a sliver of hope on the horizon.

Mental impact of a collision with a truck

When a person is involved in a serious car accident in Texas, they are likely to suffer physical injuries that will take a great deal of time to heal. They might have to endure a lengthy hospital stay, as well as undergo a protracted rehabilitation.

While dealing with the financial burdens and physical limitations from the collision with the large truck, victims are likely to also be suffering mentally. Being involved in an accident can be extremely traumatic, and it is important for any accident victim to not overlook how they may have been affected mentally.

This questionnaire may save a senior citizen's life

Losing a loved one due to nursing home negligence or elder abuse is devastating to endure. Often accompanying the feelings of loss and outrage is a niggling sense of guilt that not enough was done to protect the vulnerable senior citizen.

But it can be quite difficult to identify signs of abuse and neglect in the elderly. According to the federal Department of Justice, it's estimated that just one out of each 24 cases of elder abuse gets reported.

Breaking the habit: How to stop texting and driving

One of the most common and persistent addictions that has developed over the last decade is the use of smartphones. It seems as though almost all of us have something of an addiction to these devices. They allow us to remain connected to our loved ones and the rest of the world like never before, but this can also mean that we are not as present in the real world. As a result, many of us have lowered concentration spans.

While being preoccupied with our phones in a coffee shop or restaurant might seem like an annoying but harmless habit, the practice has become dangerous in other settings. People often use their phone while driving, leading to a lack of awareness of the road and dangerous crashes. It has been reported that eight people in the United States die every day because of smartphone use while driving, even though texting and other online activities while driving are illegal in most states — including Texas.

Smartwatches add to distraction while driving

One of the latest trends is wearable technology. Smartwatches are sported on the wrists of those eager to join the ranks of the always-connected.

But while the concept of wearables is certainly fascinating, there are concerns that smartwatches could contribute to the distracted driving problem.

Have you been injured in Texas because of a distracted driver?

When you are a driver on the road, it is likely that you do everything that you can to keep yourself and others safe. Unfortunately, however, there is only so much that you can do, because the safety of all drivers and passengers on the road depends on all of the actions of drivers on the road.

If you have been injured significantly in a car accident, it is likely that you will feel anger and frustration toward drivers who do not take safety seriously. In the case of your accident, you will want to know the consequences that the other driver will face for causing so much suffering, if you believe it was his or her fault.

Driving safety tips for inclement weather

Driving can be scary, even for the most experienced of drivers. When you are faced with driving during inclement weather, you should be as prepared as possible. If at all possible, you should avoid driving during inclement weather. For some, this cannot be totally avoidable and that is understandable. Here are some safety tips for driving during inclement weather in Houston.

Prior to driving during inclement weather, you should run through an inspection check of your vehicle. Make sure all of your lights work properly, including headlights, brake lights, taillights and turn signals. Be sure your tires have the correct amount of air pressure in them. Check your spare tire too. Put jumper cables in your vehicle.

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