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Study shows how opioid use is prevalent in fatal 2-car crashes

There is an opioid crisis in Texas and the rest of the U.S., and studies show that it is impacting the roads. From 1993 to 2016, the percentage of opioid-using drivers who initiated a crash rose from 2% to 7.1%. A study published in JAMA Network Open says that in fatal two-car crashes, the at-fault drivers were twice as likely as the other driver to test positive for opioids.

Artificial intelligence may curb distracted driving in Texas

According to the National Safety Council, there are nine deaths each day attributed to distracted driving. While many people associate distracted driving with the use of cellphones, there are many distractions that drivers may have to deal with on a regular basis. For example, simply changing a radio station or eating while a vehicle is moving could take a person's focus off of the road.

Staying safe while driving on slippery roads

Snow, ice and rain can confound drivers on Texas roads and others throughout the country. However, there are steps that they can take to minimize their chances of getting into an accident. If possible, it may be best to stay home during periods of inclement weather. This can help a person avoid sliding off an icy road or otherwise being at risk of bodily injury.

Drowsy driving crashes go up after daylight saving time ends

Drivers in Texas can certainly benefit from the one hour of sleep they gain with the end of daylight saving time, but they should know that risks are involved. Changes in sleep patterns give rise to drowsiness, which can affect driving for at least a day or two after they occur. The end of DST also causes some people to stay up late the night before and think that the extra hour will make up for it, but this also leads to drowsiness.

Pedestrian deaths up even as overall fatalities decline

Even as the federal road safety agency celebrated a decline in overall deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, the statistics pointed to increased dangers for pedestrians and cyclists in Texas and across the country. According to the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,560 people were killed in auto accidents nationwide in 2018. This number reflects a 2.4% decline in accident fatalities, the second straight year of decreasing deaths. These positive signs come after several years of increasing deadly accidents as the economy recovered from the 2008-2009 financial crisis. However, pedestrian deaths did not show the same welcome trend with fatalities up 3.4%, reaching their highest point in 28 years.

Study lists 15 states with teen drunk driving problem

Drunk driving is not uncommon among teenagers in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. CDC data shows that 5.5% of teens drive after consuming alcohol, but the amount consumed may vary. Regardless, it can be argued that drinking and driving among teens has an impact on overall drunk driving fatality rates. This was precisely what some researchers at argue.

Understanding negligent entrustment

Given the number of motorists that utilize San Antoni's roads, car accidents are almost viewed as being an inevitability (despite the best efforts of local residents in trying to implement defensive driving practices). Indeed, according to information shared by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million Americans are injured in car accidents every year. It is when drivers do not attempt to drive defensively that those who suffer in accidents that they cause question their fitness for being behind the wheel. That questioning might even extend to who would allow such a driver to have access to a vehicle. 

How can I drive safely on Halloween?

On Halloween, drivers must deal with a lot more pedestrian traffic than normal. While safety should be a priority under normal driving circumstances, it's a must on Halloween. Children can be unpredictable when trick-or-treating, and it's up to drivers to maintain safety no matter what. In this case, Consumer Reports offers the following tips so you and others will remain safe on this popular holiday. 

What can I do to avoid a car accident?

How would your driving ability rank when compared to other motorists? Chances are you take the proper precautions to maintain a safe speed, follow traffic laws, and remain kind and courteous to others. Doing so is a must to prevent accidents, which can cause injury, property damage, and even legal issues. The Balance explains the proper steps to take to avoid accidents and ensure a safe experience for all involved. 

High blood pressure after a car crash

Auto accident victims may suffer various consequences following a wreck, from debilitating pain due to a back injury to complications related to surgery, financial matters, losing the ability to keep working and emotional hardships. However, some auto accident consequences, such as brain damage and high blood pressure, can be more difficult to identify. People may develop high blood pressure as a result of a motor vehicle collision for many different reasons, and it is imperative to handle this health concern with care.

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