We’ve discussed in previous blogs about how distracted and even drowsy driving can be dangerous on roadways. By taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds, you’re putting yourself and other drivers at an increased risk of getting into a potentially deadly motor vehicle accident. Because of this, Texas lawmakers are pushing for more legislation that would require drivers to go hands free with their mobile devices when they get behind the wheel.
Though fairly common, drowsy driving is one of the most dangerous factors affecting drivers on the roadways. In fact, according to The National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation can have similar effects on the body to drinking alcohol. In fact, being awake for 18 hours straight makes you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of .05— and .08 makes you legally drunk.
Whether it’s due to getting up early for the morning commute, staying up late working on a big project, or just simply not getting enough sleep—we probably drive drowsy more often than we think. Generally this wouldn’t be very alarming. Driving drowsy isn’t the same as driving under the influence, right? Unfortunately, in most cases…
Traveling via the school bus system is fairly common among school age children, and even in some instances younger age groups. Each school day, many kids utilize these buses to get them off to class or to end the day. Though the school bussing systems seem simple enough, getting on and off the bus can also be a dangerous task.
We all know that texting, checking in on our favorite social apps, and even just chatting on the phone to our loved ones is tempting while driving. We hear a soft bing or feel a buzzing sensation and suddenly we are tapped into our devices to see what’s going on in an instant. What most people don’t know is that even taking your eyes off the road for two-seconds can cause detrimental accidents to occur. The Lubbock texting and driving accidents attorneys at Liggett Law Group see these tragic accidents too often, and want to make sure drivers understand the two-second rule for driving.
With schools going back into session this month, student safety is on top of many parents’ and teachers’ minds, especially in regards to transportation. While many children ride the bus to school each morning, it’s important to remember accidents can and do happen. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is cautioning Texans to slow down within school zones and to be aware of children walking to and from school buses in the mornings and afternoons.
Texans are no strangers to inclement weather. The state experiences a wide array of weather conditions, particularly rainfall. While the dog days of summer might be very dry, Texas does experience torrential rainfall fairly regularly. With the regularity of rainfall, many people might forget how dangerous driving on wet roads can be. A recent bus crash in Humble, Texas served as a reminder of why drivers should use caution when driving in the rain.
In September of 2017, the state of Texas enacted a statewide ban on texting while driving in an effort to curb automobile accidents caused by distracted driving. Though the law explicitly discusses texting on one’s mobile device, it does not mention texting or interacting with wearable technology while driving. Now, a recent study done by the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) revealed wearable devices are just as distracting.