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3 ways you can reduce the risk of car accidents

Even the safest drivers in Texas may find themselves involved in car accidents. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in a collision, which will benefit you as well as fellow drivers. Consumer Reports offers the following advice to help you stay safe behind the wheel, which must be a concern for every motorist.

Safety tips for new drivers

If you have a new driver in the family in San Antonio, you’re probably concerned about his or her safety. Fortunately, there are a few steps new drivers can make to preserve their well-being as well as ensuring other motorists remain protected. Nationwide offers the following advice, which will allow you and your loved ones to remain safe and secure when behind the wheel.

Nighttime driving can be deadly

People who drive along the streets of San Antonio, Texas, often remain on the roads once the sun has set. Once nighttime arrives, there are often drivers who are rushing to meet with friends, coming home from work or simply running errands late into the night. The danger lies in the fact that deadly car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than they are during the day, according to the National Safety Council. Although driving at any hour of the day can be dangerous, driving at night poses a greater risk to drivers of all ages. It is important to keep in mind these hidden dangers and to drive accordingly in an effort to avoid becoming the next victim of a catastrophic accident.

What Is Distracted Driving and How Can I Prevent It?

Among the many hazards facing drivers in San Antonio, distracted driving ranks pretty high. More than just using a mobile device behind the wheel, distracted driving encompasses a range of seemingly innocuous behaviors, including conversing with passengers and eating behind the wheel. To prevent potentially deadly accidents from occurring, the Federal Communications Commission offers the following advice.

Drunk driving remains a killer on Texas roads

With the plethora of public awareness campaigns and education about the dangers of drunk driving provided by advocacy groups and others, you might believe that people are finally getting the message and are willing to hang up their keys if they are going to drink. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Drunk driving continues to be a major factor in many motor vehicle accidents throughout Texas.

What Should I Do If Involved in a Car Accident?

If you frequently travel Texas roads and highways, you know that accidents can happen. Even the safest drivers run the risk of being involved in an accident, which can entail loss of property and bodily injury. While you can’t control the actions of other drivers you can make sure you know what to do if an accident occurs, as illustrated by these tips from Nerdwallet.com.

Freeway collision in Fort Worth results in couple's death

One of the more difficult aspects of dealing with car accidents in San Antonio is trying to determine who is at fault. In some cases, liability is quite obvious; in others, the issue may be much murkier. In those instances where there is difficulty assigning fault, authorities may choose to assign a certain percentage of blame to all parties involved. They may also choose to assign liability to the party whose error or infraction was the most egregious. 

Teen driver strikes, kills two sisters in Brownsville

Drivers in San Antonio are of course required to try and avoid accidents to whatever extent safety allows. Yet that does not necessarily mean that all incidents involving vehicles and others on the road (such as motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians) are the fault of drivers. The aforementioned parties are also required to adhere to the laws regulating their use of the road. If and when an accident between such parties does occur, liability may be assigned to whichever was in violation of said laws. 

Assigning liability in accidents caused by teen drivers

For teens, earning a driver's license can be a watershed moment in their lives. Yet for the drivers that they now share the road with in San Antonio, the risk of being involved in an accident with these new motorists goes up. Some may simply dismiss this assertion as an assumption, yet statistics seem to verify it. According to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers are more likely to engage in reckless driving practices such as speeding, following other vehicles too closely or driving while intoxicated or impaired. 

Rollover crash in San Antonio kills teen

It is generally accepted that motorists in San Antonio have a responsibility to keep the passengers of their vehicles safe. Most assume that responsibility to include not driving recklessly, as well as ensuring that their vehicles are operating efficiently. Yet should they also be held accountable for the decisions their passengers make during their journeys? Say, for example, that a passenger decides not to wear a seat belt. Is the driver responsible for ensuring that he or she does so? After all, it is likely widely known by most what the consequences of such a decision may be. 

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