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Driver flees the scene after striking and dragging skateboarder

Skateboarding can be a fast and fun way to get from point A to point B in San Antonio, but just like pedestrians, skateboarders are vulnerable to vehicles when they leave the sidewalks. When they ride against traffic, keep to the sides of the road and cross at intersections or crosswalks, they reduce the chances that a careless driver will not see them. Unfortunately, not every driver acts responsibly while behind the wheel.

Examining the dangers of eating while driving

Enjoying a cup of coffee on the way to work. Grabbing a burger while on the go. These are activities that many in San Antonio do every day while driving. Yet at the same time, these same people would likely not dare to drink and drive or even talk on their cellphones while behind the wheel. That is because it has been engrained in their head that such activities either impair their ability to drive or take their attention away from the road. So does eating, however, yet few view it as posing a risk. 

Road rage risks and how to avoid them

During high traffic times on the streets and highways of San Antonio, it may be easy for drivers to get exasperated and angry at delays and the conduct of other drivers. Acting out through driving behaviors may seem like a natural response. In fact, according to statistics reported by The New York Times, 80 percent of motorists admit that they were guilty of aggressive driving such as tailgating, honking their horns and yelling at other drivers.

Some Texans unhappy with new ban on texting behind the wheel

Texting and driving raises the risk of motor vehicle crashes exponentially, but these accidents continue to occur in Texas, as well as across the United States. Looking away from the road and taking one or both hands off the wheel can be deadly, but a cognitive distraction can occur even when a person appears to be in full control of the vehicle.

Study shows road debris is a major hazard on highways

Safety on the roadways is a major concern for everyone, and Texas drivers should take their responsibilities seriously. This goes beyond activities and behaviors behind the wheel, though. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research organization, drivers also need to ensure that they are not leaving anything behind. A study released in 2016 indicates that road debris causes thousands of crashes every year.

Encouraging teens to wear seat belts

As much as parents hope their teens will never be in a car accident, no one can assume that this will never happen. One of the easiest ways to be prepared is to wear a seat belt. However, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, over 51 percent of fatally injured drivers ages 16 to 19 and over 60 percent of fatally injured passengers in the same age range were not restrained. Motor vehicle crashes are the primary cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 20.

Many factors may have led to high death toll in Texas crash

Distracted driving poses a constant threat on the Texas roadways due to the use of cellphones behind the wheel. Even a vehicle with every safety feature available may not be able to prevent a fatality in a head-on collision with a texting driver. However, many vehicles do not have the technology that manufacturers are adding to new automobiles, and some may not even have basic equipment to keep passengers safe.

Is it time to take away the keys?

As your parents age, you may be concerned that reduced range of motion, failing eyesight and other common health problems associated with getting older may compromise their ability to stay safe on the Texas roadways. According to Edmunds.com, while you may have a solid reason for your unease, there are plenty of reasons for them to keep the keys for as long as possible. Not only does driving provide independence, it also staves off depression, and those who continue to drive are less likely to need to move to a nursing home. Fortunately, there are some vehicle technologies that may mitigate your fears for your parents’ safety.

What you should know about whiplash

If you can get out of your vehicle and walk away after a serious car crash in Texas, you may believe that, because you did not break any bones or sustain any visible wounds, you were not injured. Assuming you do not need medical attention could lead to serious consequences, though. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., have provided counsel to many victims of motor vehicle accidents.

The view behind you

In any vehicle, there are blind spots that could create a hazard. In situations where a driver is trying to back out of a driveway or parallel park in San Antonio, the area immediately behind the vehicle could particularly problematic. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a back-up camera may be helpful in these situations.

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