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.


Preventing Wrong Way Crashes in Texas

Everyone knows that wrong-way drivers are bad news. Crashes resulting from wrong-way drivers are more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities than other types of car accidents.

People driving on the wrong side of the road are usually driving while impaired and these crashes tend to occur at night when it is darkest. Drivers going the wrong way are especially common in large cities like Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas, as well as Austin, with its many one-way roads and high traffic volume.


Judge: Sender of Text Message Not Liable for Car Accident

A judge in Morris, New Jersey recently decided a novel legal issue: can a person who sends a text message to a person who is driving be held liable if that person injures others or crashes while receiving the message.

The issue was raised in a lawsuit because of an accident involving nineteen-year-old Wharton resident, Kyle Best. In 2009, while he was driving down the highway, Best looked down at his cellphone to read a text message. With his eyes not focused on the road, his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into David and Linda Kubert, who were driving a motorcycle. The results of the motorcycle wreck were catastrophic-one of David’s legs was torn off and one of Linda’s legs had to be amputated.


Texas Legislature Set to Act Soon on Bill to Ban Texting While Driving

In a culture built on speed and, increasingly, electronic interconnectivity, texting while driving and unsafe cell phone use pose daily dangers on the road. That’s why 30 states have outright bans or substantial restrictions on the use of electronic devices behind the wheel. The goal is to get people to pay attention to the road, and prevent motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving.


Taking Responsibility for Your Recovery: Simple Things A Personal Injury Client Can Do To Make Their Case a Winner

It was horrible. Someone ran a red light and T-boned you. You went to the hospital and got x-rayed. The emergency room physician gave you vicodin and an anti-inflammatory medication and told you to follow up with your family doctor if things get worse. The insurance carrier for the other driver is calling you non-stop (see “Evening the Playing Field“). Life is upside down.


Study finds brain injury leads to premature brain aging

A new study adds another symptom connected to TBI’s.

The list of long term effects connected to traumatic brain injuries continues to grow. Previous studies have linked traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s, with behavioral changes, cognitive problems, emotional changes and an increased risk of developing degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The most recent study finds that TBI’s can trigger increased inflammation long after the initial injury, resulting in increased aging of the brain.


Safety Regulations Needed to Stop Fuel Storage Tank Explosions

An oil tank explosion recently claimed the life of a 24-year old woman and seriously injured a 25-year old man after they lit up a cigarette while they were socializing on top of an oil tank located in New London, Texas. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. According to investigators, oil and gas storage tank explosions have killed 44 people and have injured another 25 since 1983. All were younger than 26 years old.