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Better habits may lead to fewer auto accidents

There are many reasons why car collisions happen, and often, they are the result of human error and poor choices made behind the wheel. Thankfully, Texas drivers can make the roads safer for themselves and others simply by practicing certain safety habits. Good habits and cautious driving can prevent many different types of auto accidents, and they can reduce the chance that motorists will experience injuries.

One very simple way to practice safe driving is to drive the speed limit. Most people drive over the posted speed limit, and increased speeds can increase the chance of an accident. People will also find it beneficial to make sure they read and adhere to all posted signs, as well as not follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. Increasing the distance between vehicles will make a collision less likely.

Using technology to reduce the number of auto accidents

There are many reasons why car crashes happen, and in many cases, these types of incidents are the result of human error and preventable mistakes. Educating drivers and increasing awareness about certain risks can help, but ultimately, Texas drivers are responsible for the choices they make behind the wheel. There are some new technological advances that can make the roads safer for everyone and hopefully reduce the number of auto accidents.

Statistics indicate that there are over six million car accidents in the United States every year. In these incidents, approximately three million people suffer injuries, and around 90 people die each day. Car accidents are a serious public safety threat, which is why certain types of technology can be useful. One advance that may help is automatic braking, which will stop a car if there are hazards ahead and the driver is not attempting to stop.

Reducing the number auto accidents involving pedestrians

When a moving vehicle hits a person who is walking or running, the results are usually catastrophic. A person is largely unprotected against the impact of a large, heavy vehicle, and auto accidents involving pedestrians can result in serious injuries or even death. In order to reduce the number of these types of incidents, it can be helpful for both people outside of vehicles and behind the wheel to learn how to stay safe.

Bad habits are some of the leading reasons for pedestrian accidents. Drivers are more distracted than ever, and as a result, many are not as aware of people who may be walking around their vehicles. Speeding, reckless driving and disregard for crosswalks and stop signs can cause great harm for pedestrians. Regardless of why an accident happens, Texas drivers are responsible for the choices they make while behind the wheel.

Welding hazards while working in Texas oil fields

One place where welders may end up working is in Texas oil fields. While this is mostly a safe and lucrative occupation, you do face certain hazards while on the job.

Safety is critical in keeping you from unnecessarily suffering serious injuries. This article points out several vulnerabilities you face without the right safety precautions, equipment and protection.

Auto accidents caused by distracted are a problem for every age

It is likely that most Texas readers have shared the road with drivers who were distracted. From various types of cellphone use to in-car infotainment systems, there are many things that can distract a driver and increase the chance of auto accidents. While distracted driving is often associated with younger drivers, there is significant evidence that points to the fact that it is actually an issue for older drivers as well.

Baby boomers often point fingers at millennials as the main reason for the distracted driving problem. Statistics do indicate that this younger generation plays a major role in this particular safety concern, with as many as 86% of millennials admitting they text while driving. However a recent study proved that older drivers also have a problem, with around 50% of baby boomers admitting they also text and drive.

Certain in-car features could reduce the number of auto accidents

Human error is to blame for most auto accidents. From speeding to distraction, Texas drivers can make various mistakes that can lead to serious or fatal auto accidents. Automakers are trying to improve auto safety and reduce the number of accidents by including certain types of features in newer vehicles. There is evidence that some of these safety features could go a long way in making the roads safer for everyone. 

One way that car features can help improve safety is by allowing the driver to see better and in more directions. Many newer cars come with back-up cameras, which allow the person behind the wheel to see what's behind the vehicle, whether it's a person, a stationary object or another vehicle. Some vehicles even have camera features that allow the driver to see in multiple directions.

Auto accidents caused by older drivers often due to distraction

Distraction is a major safety concern to Texas drivers and others across the country. One of the main sources of this dangerous behavior is the use of cellphones. Studies have found that for elderly individuals, distracted driving is a significant issue. Any time a person is not focused on safe driving, he or she is at an elevated risk of causing auto accidents. 

With Bluetooth technology, many phones automatically connect with the vehicle. This allows a driver to control certain phone functions with voice commands, but this is not always safer than holding the phone. Cognitive distraction happens when a person is focused on something else, and it can be dangerous even when both hands are on the wheel. While elderly drivers may take advantage of these tools, they can still be driving while distracted

The most dangerous aspects of working in oil and gas extraction

Studies, statistics and reports have made it very clear: working in the oil and gas extraction industry can be incredibly dangerous. Workers often put themselves at great risk simply by doing the routine parts of the job.

Texas, with its hundreds of rigs, often sees the highest number of oil and gas extraction worker deaths every year. But which activities tend to be the deadliest? Federal figures offer some insight.

Motorcycle accident kills 1, other driver at fault

Texas is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts, and especially during the summer months when the weather is nice and there is lots to see and do, it is not unusual for passenger vehicles to share the road with motorcycles. Drivers must remain alert, as motorcycles are much smaller than most other vehicles and are usually difficult to see. Even experienced riders are at risk to be hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, often in the blink of an eye. 

There are things that a motorcyclist can do to reduce the risk of injury or death on the road. Wearing proper safety gear, such as a helmet, is a good start. Obeying traffic laws and using turn signals where appropriate can help avoid a crash. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent an accident. 

A driver doesn't have to be legally drunk to be dangerous

You never know what the drivers around you did before getting into their cars. You could be on your home one day, minding your own business, and end up in an accident.

Afterward, you may discover that the driver behind the wheel was drinking prior to driving but did not have a blood alcohol concentration at or above the Texas legal limit of 0.08%. The reality is that an individual does not have to be legally drunk in order to endanger your life and the lives of those around him or her.

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