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Is drug use a leading cause of truck accidents?

The drivers of semitrailers and commercial vehicles are behind the wheels of vehicles that are larger and heavier than other types of vehicles on the road. In an accident, a truck can cause significant damage and injuries, and truckers have a specific responsibility to drive safely. While Texas truck accidents are often the result of careless driving, distraction and speeding, a safety group recently released findings that reveal drug use could be a significant problem in the trucking industry.

The group states that it has evidence that drug use is more prevalent than many realized, and there may be thousands of drug users behind the wheels of large trucks. In fact, this same group presented its findings to the U.S. Congress, stating that the truck industry must act quickly to put a stop to this issue and make the roads safer for everyone. The results of this study came from urine and hair analysis that may drivers submitted to when applying for jobs.

Summer marks ‘100 deadliest days’ for teen drivers

As schools begin to let out for the year, more novice teen drivers will take to the streets. Statistics show that teens are more likely to be in a fatal accident than any other age group. In fact, since 2014, there have been nearly 3,500 deaths from crashes involving teen drivers.

The number of teens in crashes rises drastically between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with AAA dubbing the period the 100 deadliest days. It’s imperative to talk to your teen children about safe driving habits to help keep them safe behind the wheel this summer.

Avoiding truck accidents with safe driving

Large trucks and semitrailers play a crucial role in the economy in Texas. There are thousands of trucks on the roads at any given time, and every driver should learn how to safely share the road. Each person behind the wheel should be aware of how they can avoid truck accidents by practicing certain habits and committing to be as safe as possible.

Sharing the road with trucks can be especially harrowing for younger drivers. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to make mistakes, which can sometimes lead to devastating consequences. One way to avoid accidents is to be aware of trucks' blind spots and avoid them when possible. Drivers can also increase safety by driving at consistent speeds and not swerving in front of trucks.

How distraction is impacting the rate of auto accidents

Texas drivers have probably noticed the impact of distracted driving while on the road. Most people have probably seen another driver texting, looking at his or her phone, putting on make-up or eating while driving. These drivers are probably driving at erratic speeds, swerving and placing everyone else at an increased risk for an accident. There is clear evidence that distracted driving has had a significant impact on the overall rate of auto accidents. 

Statistics indicate that about nine people die each day in accidents related to distracted driving. In 2017, over 3,100 people died in accidents in the United States because of some form of distraction. More statistics indicate that in a significant number of fatal accidents, the driver was doing something other than driving at the time of the crash, often engaging in a distracting behavior

When can you file a third-party claim after an oil field injury?

Working on a Texas oil field can pose considerable risks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,566 workers have died on the job from 2008 to 2017.

When you suffer an injury at work, whether out on the oil field or in an office building, your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage may likely provide compensation during your recovery period. However, when a third party caused your injuries, a third-party claim can provide you with the full amount of compensation you need. This can recover financial relief for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, potentially lost wages and more.

Motorcycle accidents tend to increase in months before summer

Spring in Texas means moderate temperatures and sunny days, which means there will be more people out enjoying the freedom of the open road on their motorcycles. Naturally, this means there will be an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents as well. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are preventable and are the result of motorists failing to properly share the road. 

Last year, over 400 people lost their lives in Texas in motorcycle accidents. People who ride motorcycles have the same right to be on the road as drivers of other types of vehicles, but they are much more susceptible to injury or death in the event of an accident. Even with helmets and other types of protective equipment, a biker can suffer serious harm in a collision. Failure to yield, following too closely and aggressive driving are all common reasons why motorcycle collisions happen.

Distraction-related auto accidents in some Texas cities

Distracted driving is a problem in Texas and across the country, leading to an increase in the number of serious collisions. Auto accidents related to distracted driving are particularly high in some Texas cities, including Dallas and Houston. Distraction is a primary factor in thousands of accidents every year, and despite people being fully aware of the risks, statistics indicate it is only getting worse.

Studies indicate that at least 60% of drivers use their phones in some capacity for at least part of their daily commute. Overall, Texas ranks fairly well in the average total amount of time drivers use their phones while driving, but specific cities rank poorly. In Dallas ad Houston, drivers are among the worst, with a high percentage of drivers using their phones while behind the wheel. 

Is road damage caused by trucks to blame for auto accidents?

Large commercial trucks and semitrailers play a vital role in the Texas economy, but they also inflict serious damage on the road. Many towns and cities in the state are dealing with damaged and crumbling roads as a result of increased truck traffic, and it can take a long time to get the necessary funds to repair them. When roads are in poor condition, it can significantly increase the chance of auto accidents.

Even though roads are built to support the weight of many different types of vehicles, growing economies can lead to more truck traffic and more truck-related road damage. Common issues include large potholes, crumbling shoulders, concrete that is cracked and more. Some lawmakers believe it can help to allow specific local municipalities to cite trucks for overloading and driving down roads not built for exceptionally heavy vehicles.

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