The Trucking Industry: Rolling Over Safety Concerns

A trucking industry lobbying group is suing the Department of Transportation in an effort to force the agency to issue regulations related to limitations on truckers’ driving time.

If the American Trucking Associations prevails, the federal department would be compelled to issue rules describing the documents trucking companies would need to maintain in order to prove that employees are complying with federal rules limiting driving time.

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Insurer compiles list of top 10 distractions for drivers

For as long as cars have been on the road, drivers have been plagued by distractions – and motorists here in Austin are no exception. Sadly, according to statistics recently reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an alarming 3,331 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in 2011 – with 387,000 more injured. Also, 17 percent of all injury-causing accidents were reported as “distraction-effected” accidents during the same period.

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Dram Shop liability in Texas

When drunk drivers elect to get behind the wheel they not only put their own lives at risk but also the lives of everyone else on the road. Tragically, given that some Texas drivers continue to get behind the wheel despite their obvious intoxication, drunk driving accidents are nearly inevitable. In fact according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,129 drunk driving accidents in Austin alone in 2011 – resulting in 810 injuries and 12 fatalities.

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