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December 2010 Archives

Accident Spotlights Safety Concerns With Segways

Entrepreneur Dean Kamen invented the Segway with the intention of revolutionizing human transportation. In reality, though, Kamen created another device with the potential for human injury. One recent example of this was the tragic death of Englishman James Heselden in September, who fell off a cliff and into a river while riding his Segway. Heselden was not only a Segway user, but the then-owner of the Segway company, which he purchased from Kamen in 2009. This accident and a recent study spotlight safety concerns with Segways.

Drivers Beware: Deer Season Has Arrived

With the cooler autumn weather comes a new threat to drivers on Texas roads: deer. Unpredictable and potentially anywhere, these animals can pose a serious hazard to those who aren't paying sufficient attention or who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Fatal Accident Underscores the Danger of Tankers

A recent Austin tanker accident killed the truck's driver and resulted in over $500,000 worth of damage to the MoPac flyover. The driver of the tanker truck was killed in the fire caused after the truck had rolled over in its side. Law enforcement officials believe that speed may have been a factor in the truck accident. Similar crashes have caused many experts to examine tanker safety in an effort to determine how to cut down on the number of accidents occurring each year.

New Road Signs Aimed at Motorcycle Safety

Texas motorcyclists will begin seeing new signs on roadways in various parts of the state. The signs are being placed in areas particularly dangerous to motorcyclists. The first signs will be placed in Real County along the Three Sisters Loop, a popular scenic route for motorcycle enthusiasts. The loop is also home to a motorcycle rally that occurs in November.

Drunk Driver Suspected in Fatal Texas Car Accident

A Texas Tech student, who admitted to consuming five beers and a shot of rum before getting behind the wheel, has been indicted for intoxication manslaughter, intoxicated assault and aggravated assault following a fatal car accident on October 22.

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