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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.

Which factors increase car accident risk for teens?

While teen drivers are excited to get behind the wheel, parents often experience conflicting emotions when their children finally get their license. The fact is, younger drivers face a myriad of risks when on the road, and many of these risks increase the chance that an accident will occur. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explains risks that impact teens so parents ensure their kids will make smart decisions when driving. 

Fully automated commercial vehicles and the risk of a crash

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about fully automated vehicles. While many people think of self-driving cars and the benefits (as well as the potential risks) that this technology may present for individual drivers, there are other ways in which this technology may be applied. For example, it is likely that there will be an increasing number of fully automated commercial vehicles on the road in the coming years. While this may offer an opportunity for companies to save money (and lead to the loss of many jobs in certain fields), there are a number of potential areas of concern.

How can I stay safe on road trips when driving with kids?

A family road trip is a great way to bond with your children while also seeing the sights. The presence of kids during a road trip does complicate matters quite a bit, and it's up to parents to take the proper precautions to ensure the whole family remains safe. In this case, Parents Magazine offers the following advice.

Heavy rain and the risk of a motorcycle accident

On the road, motorcyclists may encounter a number of hazards. Sometimes, these risk factors are the result of a driver’s negligence, such as a large truck driver going too fast or operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, some hazards are a result of poor weather, such as heavy rainfall. Rain can be very dangerous for a number of reasons, since it may not only lead to slick road conditions but may impact visibility as well. Moreover, rain can hit unexpectedly, which may be problematic for motorcyclists who go on long rides to other parts of the state.

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