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There are many types of distracted driving

Many people are unaware of the fact that there is more than one type of distracted driving. Furthermore, some people have a hard time realizing that a single distraction, no matter what it may be, can cause a serious accident that leads to injury or even death.

The three primary types of distracted driving include:

  • Visual distraction. This is when you are looking at anything other than the road and the cars around you. An example of this would be turning your head to see what a child is doing in the backseat.
  • Cognitive distraction. A mental distraction is one that can cause a motor vehicle accident. There are many types of cognitive distractions, such as thinking about work or talking to a passenger.
  • Manual distraction. This is when a driver neglects to keep both hands on the steering wheel. There are many reasons why this may happen, such as to adjust the radio volume or answer a text message.

Texas family mourns loss of promising young man

Drunk and otherwise impaired drivers continue to cause tragedy across the country. In fact, on any day of the week, the world may stop for families of loved ones caught up in disaster simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. One Texas family recently suffered a tragic loss when an impaired driver crossed the path of their son.

Last summer, the family was headed to church one Sunday morning when they passed the scene of a devastating accident just as a crushed vehicle was being towed from the area. Later in church, the parents received the devastating news that the car they had seen on the back of the tow truck belonged to their 19-year-old son, who had died in the accident at about 6:30 that morning. The accident was apparently the result of an impaired driver.

Considerations when a driver doesn't have adequate insurance

Everyone who operates a motor vehicle in Texas must have liability insurance. Texas law sets specific requirements for this type of insurance.

If you are struck by another driver, one of the first things that you will do is ask for the driver's license and proof of insurance so that you have that information to make a claim. Unfortunately, the coverage limits for some insurance policies aren't adequate to pay for catastrophic injuries.

Texas man dies after motorcycle hit by impaired driver

There are circumstances in which the operator of a motorcycle may not stand a chance in an accident with another motor vehicle. If the vehicle is much larger or traveling at an unreasonable rate of speed, the impact may be too much for an unprotected biker to sustain, resulting in serious injuries or death. However, there is no way to justify when a Texas motorcycle accident occurs because the driver of another vehicle is impaired.

Recently, a man lost his life when the motorcycle he was operating was struck by another vehicle. The 29-year-old man was traveling east around 6:30 p.m. when a 59-year-old southbound driver failed to stop at an intersection and collided with the bike. The impact of the collision ejected the rider from his bike and propelled him into a utility support cable.

New Texas law allows police to ticket texting drivers

Drivers across the state may already be noticing changes since a new distracted driving law took effect recently. On Sept. 1, texting and driving became a primary offense, and police now have the authority to pull drivers over specifically for using their cell phones. Officials hope the new law will prevent car accidents that claim lives every year across Texas. Of course, the law is not without its critics.

Last year, 455 people died in car accidents that resulted from distracted driving. Among the many things that distract drivers, texting is one of the most common and one of the deadliest. Texting not only takes the driver's eyes from the road and hands from the wheel, it may take the driver's mind from situational awareness. While the existing laws banned cell phone use for drivers under 18 and those driving in school zones, the new law tightens the restrictions when using devices for reasons other than GPS adjustment or music selections.

Deputy may be partly to blame for teen's death in auto accident

Police pursuits are tricky. With the proper authorization, a pursuit can prevent a tragedy from occurring. However, in some instances, they cause more devastation than they help, and many law enforcement officers are ordered to stop a pursuit because it is simply too dangerous. What happens, then, when a deputy fails to report a pursuit and also fails to report a fatal auto accident that followed?

This is the question that one Texas county is having to ask of one of its deputies. Reports indicate that he saw a vehicle speed past him in the opposite direction. He made a U-turn and gave chase. Sometime thereafter, the vehicle he was pursuing crashed. This does happen periodically, but ordinarily, the officer reported the pursuit and stopped at the scene to render aid.

Texas 18-wheeler accident results in death of beloved woman

Most drivers of big rigs understand the great responsibility they have when they take their massive vehicles on the highways. The safety of everyone around them depends on their speed, attention to the road and fitness to drive. What a driver may overlook is the condition of the truck. A recent semi-truck accident on a Texas highway may have been the result of a poorly maintained vehicle combined with unsafe speed.

The truck was traveling west on a divided highway when one of its tires blew. The driver was unable to control the 18-wheeler as it jackknifed and careened across the median into oncoming traffic. A vehicle driven by a 46-year-old woman was struck head-on and dragged by the truck into a ditch.

Distracted driving poses risks for all drivers

These days, virtually everyone has a smartphone with them everywhere they go, and they are available to be reached every moment of the day. This is certainly a wonderful part of our modern lives in many ways, but it does entail some serious risks.

One of the most common problems that smartphones enable is the constant temptation some drivers feel to look at their phone while behind the wheel. The more comfortable we become with driving and looking at our phones, the more susceptible we are to accidents brought on by distraction.

Texas couple seriously injured in drunk driving accident

While there are many benefits to riding a motorcycle, increased safety is not one of them. Motorcyclists must take extra precautions to ensure their safety, but even this may not be enough if drivers of larger vehicles are not careful to notice when motorcycles are in the vicinity. Texas riders may be especially vulnerable to accidents when other motorists fail to heed warnings about drunk driving.

A recent accident resulted in injuries to a motorcyclist and his passenger. The incident occurred when a driver attempted to make a left turn onto a side street. The driver did not notice the oncoming motorcycle and collided with it. Both the operator of the bike and his passenger suffered serious injuries.

Texas car accident claims 3 young lives

Fatal accidents on busy interstates are not uncommon events. However, a recent tragic accident on a Texas highway has left authorities with many questions. For unknown reasons, an SUV was traveling south in the northbound lanes around 9 p.m., creating chaos and terror for those on the road. Despite efforts of police to stop the vehicle, the event ended in disaster.

In news video, witnesses described the construction zone where the accident took place. With concrete barriers on either side of the two lanes, there was no place for drivers to go to avoid the collision. When the SUV struck a car head-on, the vehicle following the car rear-ended it, sandwiching it between the two vehicles. Other drivers swerved to avoid the accident, sustaining minor damage to their own vehicles.

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