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The challenges and dangers of driving while under the influence

A collision can take place at any given moment, and dealing with the fallout of a major crash can be a harrowing process. There are a multitude of circumstances under which another driver could place your well-being in harm's way, one of the most dangerous of which involves encountering a drunk driver.

There are few things that can affect a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle on Texas roads as substantially as the presence of impairment. Although you might be aware of the potential hazards that can accompany such a negligent act, the sad truth is that you can't always expect the same of others.

Even a minor crash could open you up to the wrath of whiplash

When it comes to being involved in a collision, what seems like a minor incident could still have a substantial impact on your plans for the day. Arranging alternative travel plans while mulling over the costs off vehicle repair could be enough to darken your mood, even if you feel you left the crash unscathed.

Unfortunately, even a lesser collision could pose a threat to your well-being, and the injuries you suffer in the crash might not appear for hours or even days to come. Should you begin to experience pain or numbness in the neck or extremities, you could be suffering from a whiplash injury.

How effective are automatic emergency brakes?

We have all seen the car commercials that advertise a new car's ability to alert the driver and even brake automatically if they detect something too close to the front of the car. Nearly 10% of cars on U.S. roads today have this technology, but auto manufacturers would like to include this technology in all vehicles by 2022.

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common accidents, but how well do automatic emergency brakes (AEB) really work to reduce crashes?

Another's bad driving habits could place your health in jeopardy

Being involved in a major collision can be a scary and stressful experience, and the fallout of a crash could leave you facing a long road to recovery. With the potential gravity a similar experience could have on your life, you may take every possible measure to reduce the chances such an incident will occur.

Unfortunately, your safety also rests partly in the hands of others while out driving on Texas roads, and the decisions others make could impact your safety. Should you encounter a driver who is speeding or isn't paying attention to the road, you may find it nearly impossible to react in time to avoid a collision.

Heads Up campaign sweeping across Texas

By now, most people are aware of the dangers that distracted driving creates on Texas roads. When drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or their minds off of driving, the chances of a life-threatening car accident multiply significantly. 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), these accidents are 100% preventable. And they have launched a campaign in an effort to eliminate distracted driving. 

Reducing the risk that a healthy form of travel may turn perilous

While riding a bicycle can act as a form of exercise, for some, it may also be a primary means of transportation. If you are one of the many who choose to free themselves of high fuel costs and extensive vehicle maintenance fees, you might enjoy traveling Texas roads on two wheels.

While the potential benefits of using a bike to travel to and from your destinations may appear innumerable, there is a certain level of risk involved. However, by taking steps to prepare yourself to ride near traffic, you might be able to reduce the odds a collision will occur substantially.

What to do after a careless driver has struck your car

You are driving along the highway, excited for an enjoyable day of shopping and dinner. However, all of a sudden, you see another motorist attempt to make a left turn in front of you. The motorist hesitated at first and then decided to accelerate. Unfortunately, he did not go fast enough, and as a result, you both end up colliding.

You realize that the other driver was in the wrong, as you had the right-of-way. However, understandably, the crash has shaken you up emotionally, and you are also feeling physical pain. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for any injuries you may have suffered in the accident. Here are some important steps to take immediately following the crash to protect your best interests in Texas.

Three die in “horrific” crash on Texas interstate

It is about a 250-mile drive north of Houston to get to Arlington. The city was recently the site of a fiery interstate crash that a local police department spokesperson described as “horrific.” Three people were killed in the crash, law enforcement officials said, but authorities had been able to identify only two of the crash victims.

A 29-year-old Texas man was arrested at the scene of the crash on Interstate 20 and charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.

Semi-truck accidents can be the most catastrophic of all

As you wait for the red traffic light to turn green, you listen to music and daydream. However, your daydream suddenly becomes a nightmare when a semi-truck strikes the back of your car.

Apparently, your accident occurred because the semi-truck driver was not paying attention to the traffic in front of him. Now, you are left with major injuries. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for these injuries through the civil court system in Texas.

Drive safely during floods

Flooding is a fact of life in Houston. From 1999 to 2018, Harris County saw 99 days with at least one flooding or flash-flooding event reported, according to The Weather Channel, which argues that Houston could be America’s flash-flood capital.

Houstonians are acclimated to flooding, and we don’t let it get in the way of everyday life. But before you venture out when the water is high, it’s good to keep in mind some safety tips for driving during a flood.

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