VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Keeping your teen driver safe

Submitted by lucinda on Sep 16th, 2009

While we don’t necessarily think of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a resource for safety as much as we do health related issues, they do cover safety as well. The CDC has a lot of information on home and recreational safety. Their area on teen driving has a fact sheet, information on graduated driving and ways to protect your loved one from traffic injuries.They also have research on car surfing, novice teen driving and reducing motor vehicle crashes among young drivers.
You can contact the CDC at anytime through traditional methods:

  • 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
  • TTY: (888) 232-6348

But, you can also email the CDC directly about any safety concerns you have. Just in case you don’t know why the CDC thinks teen driving is such a safety issue, look at these statistics according to the Texas Transportation Institute of The Texas A&M University:

  • 16-year olds are about 10 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash
  • 66% of teen crashes happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Average teen driving at 11 p.m. is impacted by fatigue the same as if they were drunk
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America

Play it safe and read through these safety tips on keeping your teen safe.

A contract with your new teen driver.

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 15th, 2009

When your sixteen year old start to drive, it opens up all kinds of new worlds! Each of us has a different perspective on what it means for our teenager to start driving but at the same time we are all in agreement – we want them to be safe.

Having an attorney background and perspective, Jeff Rasansky of Rasansky Law Firm did what he does best to make sure his new teenager was safe…he drew up a contract. A contract that shared his concerns for his sixteen year old and put his teenager in the safest and best position possible as a new driver.

Was Labor Day weekend what you expected?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 9th, 2009

We start out enjoying the weekend but for some Texans, having a little bit more to drink, celebrated too much. The outcome of a long weekend can be injury or death instead of rest and relaxation. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, as many as 300 people will die and many more families will be injured. Last year on Labor Day holiday weekend, they arrested 620 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 10,000 speeding citations.

Would you use a refurbished car seat?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2009

It’s not just based on how old your child is or their weight. Did you know that a car seat may need to be replaced after an accident? But, not all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should consider the level of a crash to determine if the seat needs to be replaced or not.

If it is a moderate or severe crash, the seat should be replaced. If it is a minor crash, the seat does not need to be replaced. Here is how the NHTSA defines a minor crash and what to look for.

Is your GPS navigation deadly?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 4th, 2009

What is it with gadgets that people do not know how or when to use them? Dallas Oak Cliff area experienced two automobile accidents yesterday.

One was related to mechanical failure and the auto careened down a rocky embankment and landed in a creek bed. No one was reported with serious injuries.

Cell Phone Use While Driving - A Hazardous Recipe

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 27th, 2009

In 2003, researchers proposed a long term study concerning the safety risks involved with driving distractions, primarily cell phone use while driving. Such a study never materialized into the public domain, and the researchers never published their research.

Texas Truck Wrecks - How to Avoid Them & How to React after an Accident

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 17th, 2009

Truck driving accidents in Texas have, unfortunately, become very common. There have been an increasing number of fatal truck accidents in Dallas recently. With the increasing number of semi-trucks on Texas highways, combined with the long hours and fatigue many drivers experience, the prevalence of these accidents is not surprising.

Ten Tips for Surviving (and Thriving!) Texas Car Accidents

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 16th, 2009

Have you seen our new YouTube presentation on what to do in a Texas car accident? Check it out below:

Car Wrecks & Negligence on the Tollway - But Not by Drivers

Submitted by Anonymous on Jun 22nd, 2009

It's happened again.

And we're sick of it.

Early Sunday morning, a 27 year old male by the name of Matthew drove more than ten miles (ten miles!) in the wrong direction down the North Dallas Tollway.

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