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Texas accident leaves 1 dead, many questions

Perhaps no one knows better than a motorcyclist that road situations can change in the blink of an eye. Those who travel the Central Expressway in Texas understand that traffic conditions are tense, at best, and that any bit of debris left in the road can create a deadly hazard. One motorcyclist and his passenger recently came across a traffic hazard that resulted in tragedy.

A 25-year-old woman could potentially face criminally negligent homicide charges after her car ran out of gas on the Central Expressway just before 4:30 a.m. Instead of pulling over to the shoulder of the five-lane highway, she left her vehicle in the middle lane and went to the side of the road where she called friends to come and help her. It was not reported whether she left the car's hazard lights flashing, notified police or took any other measures to prevent an accident.

Texas men facing felony charges after drag racing fatalities

Driving is serious business. After all, motor vehicles are dangerous weapons when not driven responsibly and cautiously. Drivers who use the highway as a playground may end up bringing untold tragedy to those with whom they come in contact. Two Texas men are facing criminal charges for their part in a deadly motor vehicle accident that occurred while they were allegedly drag racing.

The accident happened just before 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. An 18-year-old driver has reportedly admitted that he and a 22-year-old driver were drag racing their pickup trucks in the westbound lanes of a multi-lane highway that travels through numerous businesses and residential areas. The younger driver's truck collided with a car that was turning left across the highway.

Look carefully at settlement offers from insurance companies

In the days after a serious collision, you're likely reeling from the sudden changes in your life. Not only must you arrange for repairs to or a replacement for your vehicle, you also may have serious injuries that require treatment. You might miss several days' of work (or longer) and lose income while you recover. That can create a difficult financial situation.

When you receive an offer from an insurance company for a lump sum settlement, it may seem tempting at first glance. Without income and with more bills coming in all the time, you may feel like that settlement will solve all your problems. However, it's important to realize that first offers are often much lower than the reasonable amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Will Texas lower the legal BAC limit?

Despite increasingly stricter laws concerning drunk driving, people continue to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 28 people die in alcohol-related accidents each day. For this reason, there is a growing movement to lower the legal blood alcohol content from .08 to .05. Whether Texas lawmakers will consider this recommendation remains to be seen.

The problem may be that many people don't realize how alcohol affects their driving ability. Alcohol affects people differently, and many factors may determine how much alcohol will bring someone's BAC to the limit. For a woman, one drink in an hour may have the same effect as several drinks for a man. Sometimes a driver may not feel inebriated, but his or her BAC may be at or above the legal limit, impairing the ability to drive safely.

Texas man injured in 18-wheeler accident

One of the most intimidating aspects of driver's education for a young person is certainly taking that first trip on the interstate. Multiple lanes of traffic moving in the same direction means remaining constantly alert to changes all around. Highway accidents involving unsafe lane changes are among the most common and potentially life-threatening crashes a Texas driver can experience. When an unsafe lane change is attempted by the driver of an 18-wheeler, the threat is even more dangerous.

Recently, around 4:30 one afternoon, a man was driving his pickup along U.S. 87 northbound when the driver of a tractor-trailer, also traveling north, attempted to change lanes. The trucker apparently did not realize the pickup was traveling in the lane next to his, and he moved his rig across the line into the path of the pickup. The collision sent the pickup truck rolling until it landed on its side.

Texas teen dies in car accident with 13-year-old driver

Parents usually worry when their children get their driver's licenses. Those early years of learning to negotiate difficult situations and changing traffic patterns can make parents nervous, and the fear of getting a phone call that their young driver has been in an accident may keep parents awake at night. However, parents in Texas are mourning the death of their daughter who never reached the age of obtaining her license.

The 14-year-old girl was attending a sleepover with two friends who were both 13. At some point in the early hours of Sunday morning, the friends left the house and drove away in a pickup truck. One of the 13-year-old girls was driving when the vehicle left the road and crashed, ejecting the 14-year-old. Both younger girls were transported to the hospital, but the older girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Texas man dies in wrong-way crash

Just after 4 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning, emergency dispatchers began receiving calls of a wrong-way driver on Highway 121. Texas police immediately began searching for the driver, who was heading south in the northbound lanes of the eight-lane highway. However, before officers could intercept him, the car had plowed head-on into two other vehicles.

One driver died at the scene. He was a 38-year-old father of two teenagers, and he was on call for a 24-pharmacy. That morning he had been called from his home to make an emergency delivery of medication to an elderly hospice patient. He was making that delivery when he encountered the wrong-way driver. It is unclear how the driver became turned around and ended up heading in the wrong direction.

Pedestrian and cyclist accident fatalities on the rise

Each year, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) releases figures on statistical trends of automobile accidents and the most recent numbers are far from encouraging, especially for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Not every area of the USDOT's figures showed increased fatalities, but traffic fatalities in general trended upward for 2016, in some cases demonstrating the highest fatality rates in decades. While many factors may play a part in the increase in fatalities, the message that car accidents are an increasingly prevalent danger for thousands of Americans is clear.

Texas bikers face hazards beyond their control

In many parts of the country, the winter months mean parking the bike and taking the car. Motorcycle enthusiasts in Texas are fortunate to have weather allowing them to ride year-round. However, this means more opportunities for accidents and injury. Despite the precautions a biker may take, there will always been risks and hazards that place him or her in danger.

The biggest danger to a motorcyclist is other drivers. While a head-on collision is likely to result in catastrophic injuries, sometimes it only takes a car crossing into the wrong lane and clipping a bike to cause a serious accident. Even when traveling in a single direction, drivers of larger automobiles may not see a biker when they change lanes. The smaller bike in a blind spot or drivers who think they can switch lanes before the motorcycle gets there often place bikers in life and death situations, especially at highways speeds.

Alcohol affects Texas drivers after only one drink

Now that the holidays are in the past, many may be focusing on resolutions that include self-improvement. One of these may be to drink less alcohol and hopefully to drive only when sober. However, some in Texas may be under the misconception that they are sober if their blood alcohol content is lower than .08. While .08 is certainly the legal limit, experts say there is no safe limit when it comes to drinking and driving.

States set BAC limits for legal purposes, but from a safety standpoint, alcohol begins to affect a driver almost immediately. Forensic scientists who have studied the effects of drinking on drivers say that one of the first consequences of consuming alcohol is the ability to make sound judgements. Finding a safe ride home may be one wise decision that is more difficult to make after a few drinks.

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