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Auto accidents prevalent in certain parts of Texas

Driving on Texas roads come with a certain amount of risk. Whether a driver is going to the grocery store or is headed to work in the morning, he or she could fall victim to the reckless or negligent actions of another driver or other factors. Interestingly, a high amount of the overall number of fatal auto accidents in Texas take place in specific areas.

Around half of all accidents that result in the death of a motorist in Texas take place in areas where there is a heavy presence of the oil and gas industry. In 2018, over 1,600 people died while driving through areas where oil and gas extraction is happening. One local trucking company owner states that he believes that distracted driving plays a large role in the number of accidents that happen in these areas. 

Bad drivers lead to increased chance of auto accidents

It's the holiday season, which means there are more people on the roads than during other times of the year. Most people have a family gathering, work event or party to attend, and that means it is more likely that Texas motorists will be sharing the road with bad drivers. Bad drivers often do not recognize that they are bad drivers, but they increase the chance that innocent people will suffer injuries in auto accidents.

Car accidents can happen for many reasons, but one of the most concerning is distracted driving. Distracted driving, often because of phone use, is one of the most common habits that make a person a bad driver. All drivers should have 100% of their attention on their vehicles and what is going on on the road the entire time the vehicle is in motion.

How AI may be the key to reducing various types of auto accidents

The reasons why Texas drivers make certain choices behind the wheel vary, but they often relate to things such as driver experience or distraction. Studies have found that a majority of auto accidents are the result of human error, and it is possible that studying driver behavior could be a key component in preventing certain types of crashes. One way to do this is by looking at data collected by artificial intelligence systems integrated into vehicles. This is something that is already in use in many trucking fleets.

One company recently announced that it has developed a system that that will study and learn a driver's behavior. It claims that this system is able to predict behavior, which, in turn, allows the system to help prevent crashes. When the system notices something out of the ordinary or detects behaviors that may indicate distraction or other potentially dangerous behaviors, it can alert the driver through in-car alerts and notifications.

Common work injuries can happen on oil fields

Oil field workers face certain risks every day at work. When you consider the ways you could suffer an injury in your place of work, you may be thinking about major accidents, fires and other significant events. However, these are not the only ways that you could end up hurt as a result of your job duties.

Some of the most common work injuries are not the result of major catastrophic events, but instead, they often relate to common workplace hazards and minor issues. No matter the nature of your work accident or job-related injuries, you have the right to seek support. Through your Texas employer's insurance or other type of coverage, you may be able to get the medical care and help you need for a full recovery.

Can distracted driving laws really reduce auto accidents?

Most Texas drivers have probably shared the road with a distracted driver at some point. Whether that person was looking at his or her phone, eating, adjusting the radio, reading a billboard or even talking on a hands-free device, any person who is doing something other than keeping his or her focus on the road could be dangerously distracted. To reduce the number of auto accidents caused by distracted driving, many states have implemented certain laws.

It remains to be seen if certain types of legislation could make a definitive difference in the overall number of distraction-related accidents. There is also the possibility that these laws could give people a false sense of safety and security. No matter what laws are in place, the reality is that people still make the choice to engage in reckless and negligent actions behind the wheel.

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.

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