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Parents disapprove of distracted driving, but do it themselves

According to a recent study, about half of all parents who are from the Millennial generation disapprove of distracted driving, saying that it is never a safe practice while behind the wheel. Among parents from earlier generations, closer to 60 percent say that the practice is always unsafe.

However, this same study also suggests that these parents may need to do a better job practicing what they preach. Indeed, over 66 percent of those asked admitted that they had on at least one occasion tried to read a text while driving, while a little over half also admitted to composing texts while driving.

Common causes of slips at retail stores

Even in this age of online shopping, people in Houston still have to visit the traditional brick-and-mortar stores from time to time. They may not think about it, but like any other activity in life, going to the store or shopping mall is risky in that people can get hurt. In particular, there a lot of ways a shopper can slip and fall while visiting a Texas store or shopping mall.

For instance, although Houston does not see a lot of snow and ice, it often experiences heavy rains. People coming in to the store from the rain will make the entrances wet and slippery. Moreover, people may spill their drinks or other liquid while shopping. At times, even the store's own staff may leave a floor wet after mopping up a mess or just trying to clean the floor.

Texas bus driver cited in motorcycle accident

A bus driver affiliated with a major university in Texas received a traffic citation for failing to yield to a motorcyclist. The end result was a motorcycle accident that sent the motorcyclist to the hospital. Thankfully, the motorcyclist is expected to survive, but the full extent of his injuries is not known.

Nevertheless, the motorcyclist is lucky to be alive. Buses are large vehicles that can do a lot of damage even to full-sized cars if involved in a collision. A motorcyclist that gets involved in an accident with a bus is likely to be significantly injured, even if he or she was wearing all the proper safety equipment.

Insurers going high-tech to curb distracted driving

Distracted drivers are to blame for many accidents in the Houston area, particularly accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. After all, pedestrians and bicyclists can be hard to spot just because of their size.

If a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for even a moment, perhaps to send a quick text message, the driver can wind up striking a pedestrian with his or her car. This can even happen if a driver is texting and driving while stopped at an intersection but fails to check for pedestrians before hitting the gas again.

Key aspects of premises liability

Accidents occur daily, and they can leave people with serious injuries that lead to financial strain. Thankfully, measures exist to allow them to seek proper compensation.

If you or a loved one had an accident on a personal or business property, you may be able to file a successful personal injury claim. In these types of cases, it is important to understand a few key aspects of premises liability.

Injured motorcyclists will likely need compensation

Many people in the greater Houston area and other parts of Texas enjoy riding motorcycles. Particularly as the weather in the area continues to get warmer, motorcyclists will take to the Texas roads for a number of reasons.

Under the traffic laws of this state, these motorcyclists have every right to use the roads in the same way that other motorists do. On the other side of the coin, drivers of other vehicles have an obligation to operate their vehicles safely and cautiously around motorcycles.

Pedestrian accidents increased in 2018

Texas remains one of the most dangerous states for pedestrian deaths, according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The report highlights some startling statistics for both pedestrians and motorists alike-298 pedestrians died in the first six months of 2018, a total that was 32 deaths higher than the number of pedestrians killed in the same time period in 2017. The recent death of a county sheriff highlights the fact that pedestrian accidents are still a problem across the state.

Factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents are the time of day, speed, and phone usage. People are driving very fast and not paying attention to the road when behind the wheel. Motorists are texting and driving or are otherwise distracted and, by the time their attention is back on the road, a person is crossing in front of them.

Have ELDs reduced truck accidents?

The introduction of electronic logging devices was supposed to herald a change in the trucking industry by reducing driver fatigue and making the roads safer, but a recent report claims this has not happened. In fact, Texas residents might be surprised to learn the study suggests that drivers are engaging in unsafe driving practices that might offset any benefits of ELDs.

The team analyzed crash and inspection data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and concluded that the prevalence of ELDs did not have a measureable impact on truck accidents. ELD adoption rates were highest in smaller carriers, as most larger carriers were already running electronic devices prior to the law, and there was little change in the number of accidents.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle driven by teenager

Losing someone in a fatal car accident can be traumatizing-after all no one expects that the person they said goodbye to a couple hours ago will never be seen again. Family members suddenly find themselves planning a funeral instead of a family vacation and the emotional ramifications, not to mention financial ones, can be immense. Making sense of the loss can be very difficult, only adding to the frustration.

These thoughts might be going through the heads of the family members of a 53-year-old man who recently died in a pedestrian accident in Texas. According to authorities, the accident victim was walking along the shoulder of the roadway when a vehicle being driven by a 17-year-old struck him. The teenager was driving a pickup northbound when he went across the white line, veering into the road's shoulder.

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