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Distracted drivers cause approximately 20 percent of accidents

While driving down the road, it is common to look around, take in the sights and see what other drivers are doing. Fortunately, many drivers are actively paying attention to their surroundings. However, some Texas drivers appear to be more concerned with their cell phones than with their own safety and the safety of those around them. In fact, research shows that approximately 20 percent of car accidents are caused by distracted drivers.

The state of Texas has various laws regarding cell phone usage while driving. It is currently illegal to read or write text messages, social media posts and email while operating a motor vehicle. In addition to these restrictions, many local municipalities have passed ordinances further limiting the use of electronic devices and cell phones while driving.

Texas motorcycle accident leaves one dead, several injured

Traffic conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and no one may know this better than a motorcyclist. Debris in the road, poor weather conditions or road construction can all require an operator to act quickly to avoid a motorcycle accident. Sometimes, it is not always possible to get out of the way of a hazard, especially when a rider is suddenly in the path of another vehicle. Several Texas motorcyclists experienced this terrifying event on a recent Saturday night, and the result was tragic.

The motorcyclists, several of whom had passengers on their bikes, were returning from a benefit when an SUV swerved into their lane and collided head-on with the two lead bikers. The SUV had apparently struck the rear of another vehicle, lost control and spun into the opposite lane where the motorcyclists were traveling. A 49-year-old man operating one of the lead motorcycles died at the scene, and the operator of the second bike suffered minor injuries. Both of their passengers also suffered injuries.

Bicycle accident claims life; excessive speed blamed

Many Texas residents ride their bikes as a form of exercise. It is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get some fresh air. While there are some areas that are denoted for bicycles only, the majority of bicycle riders share the road with cars, trucks and other types of motorized vehicles. Each driver is expected to honor the rules of the road and watch out for other drivers; otherwise, a tragic bicycle accident can occur.

One weekday morning in early June, a pediatrician was out riding her bicycle. What began as an opportunity to enjoy the morning while getting some exercise ended in tragedy. As she was riding along a highway service road, a car crashed into the rear of her bicycle. The doctor did not survive the accident.

Alleged drunk driving causes fatal car accident

Morning traffic can be brutal along Texas roadways. It seems as if everyone is rushing to get to work or get their day's errands started. The average morning driver must remain vigilant and watch out for drivers whose minds appear to be elsewhere. When drivers are not paying full attention to the road, a car accident can easily occur. It seems that most morning rush hour car accidents are the result of distracted driving; unfortunately, there does not appear to be a time of day when the possibility of a drunk driving accident does not occur.

Recently, a little after 7 a.m., a 62-year-old woman was on her way to get her day started. Unfortunately, this never happened. As she was driving, a pickup truck came flying up behind her and crashed into the rear of her vehicle. The woman was seriously injured in the accident and died before she could be transported to a hospital.

Tractor-trailer allegedly causes fatal accident

Life is precious. When the life in question is that of a teenager, it seems even more precious. Then when that precious life is suddenly taken in a fatal accident on a Texas roadway, friends and loved ones are left to grieve and wonder how they can ever pick up the pieces.

Recently, a teenage passenger was killed when the truck she was riding in was involved in an accident. Apparently, the driver of a tractor-trailer did not yield when he should have. This failure to yield caused the tractor-trailer to crash into the truck. The driver of the truck was injured and required medical attention at a local hospital. The teenage passenger died at the scene of the accident.

Car accident claims the lives of 2 drivers on Texas interstate

Traffic along Texas interstates can be intense. Thousands of drivers are all trying to reach their destinations while singing along with the radio, talking with passengers, catching up on business over the phone and more. As a result, there is the possibility of a car accident occurring.

Most interstates have several lanes of traffic all flowing in the same direction. Traffic flowing in the other direction is typically separated by a median. This median is designed to keep traffic going in different directions separate from each other and to act as a safety mechanism for drivers.

Hit-and-run accidents can claim lives

Accidents happen on a daily basis. When one driver's vehicle collides with another on a Texas roadway, both vehicles typically stop, determine if anyone is injured, call the local authorities and emergency personnel and exchange information. Unfortunately, in some cases, drivers refuse to stop and the focus then shifts to hit\-and\-run accidents.

Recently, a 71-year-old woman was riding her motor scooter only a few blocks from her home. However, she never made it home. A vehicle crashed into her and then left the scene of the accident. The woman suffered a head injury and was responsive when emergency personnel arrived. Her injuries, however, proved to be fatal, and she died a few hours later at the local hospital.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after drunk driving crash kills 2

A husband is mourning the death of his beloved wife and son who perished in a recent fatal accident. The woman's sedan was rear-ended on a Texas highway by an underage drunk driver traveling about 90 mph. The man and his wife's mother have filed a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the mother and child.

Authorities say that the driver, a 20-year-old woman, was drinking alcohol in a sports and oyster bar and a tavern before getting behind the wheel of her car. Investigations revealed that the woman and a 17-year-old friend were served several margaritas the evening before the accident. Blood alcohol tests were taken from the driver after the 3:50 a.m. crash, showing a reading of .21. In Texas, the limit for adults is .08, while there is a zero tolerance limit for drivers under the age of 21.

Tips to avoid becoming the victim of a motorcycle accident

Authorities say they see an increase in motorcycle crashes between the months of April and June and again in September and October when more riders are out enjoying the warm weather. One person dies every day as the result of a motorcycle accident on Texas roads. The Texas Department of Transportation urges drivers to look twice for motorcycles and always share the road.

There were 8,726 motorcycle crashes last year in Texas that seriously injured 2,101 and killed 501. TxDOT asks everyone to share the road with motorcycles, look twice at intersections and always assume that a motorcycle is closer than it appears. They also recommend obeying the speed limit and giving riders a full lane without following too closely. Local authorities fully support motorcycle drivers and say educating drivers is the key to preventing injuries and death.

Intoxicated driver causes fatal car accident

Highway driving is a fast way to get from one destination to another, but it can be dangerous. Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience for drivers and passengers in Texas. When one driver willingly operates a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, anyone sharing the roadway can unknowingly be at risk. Sadly, a fatal accident involving multiple vehicles occurred due to the apparent poor decisions made by another driver.

On a recent Saturday in Dallas County, a man drove his vehicle eastbound on I-20 in the westbound lane. The man reportedly sideswiped another car, causing its driver to spin out of control and hit a third vehicle. During the chaos, the eastbound driver struck a fourth vehicle head-on, causing it to hit a semi-truck. The impact from the fourth vehicle caused the semitrailer to jackknife and strike the concrete median.

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