When taking a road trip or vacation at the end of your summer, it is important to be cautious of the many hazards on Texas’ interstates and freeways. One of the most dangerous elements of driving on busy roads and rushing highways is the risk posed by 18-wheelers. In 2011, over 270,000 trucking accidents occurred on roads across the US, with nearly one quarter of those resulting in injuries, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). With semi-trucks weighing up to 30 times more than an average passenger vehicle, it’s important to keep an eye out for them when traveling long distances.
Lubbock auto accident lawyers know that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers; but, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), many teens are driving small, old, unreliable, and unsafe vehicles that cannot adequately protect them in the event of a car accident.
It is no secret that Texans love to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on Lubbock roads. The fact is, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving. If you or someone you know needs safe transportation home this holiday, please call 744-HURT during the hours of 12:00 pm on July 4th to 2:00 am on July 5th. The Liggett Law Group will arrange and pay for a cab to drive your party home.
Now that school is out, many Lubbock families will be hitting the road for summer road trips, and Tech Tech students will be heading home for summer break. Read up on our top tips to stay safe on the roads this summer. Summer Driving Safety Tips Tires The lifespan of a tire depends on the…
Yesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an updated report on how auto-brake systems and forward collision warnings in cars and SUVs were increasing vehicle safety. According to the report, “auto manufacturers are making strides in adopting the most beneficial systems with automatic braking capabilities and are offering the features on a wider variety of models.”
Every day, an average of three motorcyclists are killed in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections. In 2012, 4,667 motorcyclists died in crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Almost half of the motorcyclists killed were killed during a crash involving two vehicles. 38% of these fatal motorcycle accidents resulted from another vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle that was either going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.
When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the outcome is often devastating due to the disproportionate size of a passenger vehicle to a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler. Big rigs are often 20 times the size and weight of most other vehicles on the road. Commonplace and relatively minor driving errors, such as failing to signal before passing, can result in catastrophic outcomes when an 18-wheeler is involved, especially at high speeds.
We previously blogged about the unacceptably high rates of drunk driving car crashes in the Lubbock area; but, another contributing factor to car accidents in flat West Texas is “highway hypnosis.” While many people think the most dangerous roads consist of treacherous conditions or busy intersections, remote highways that run through flat, wide open spaces can often lull drivers into a false sense of security, leading them to speed, which can end in disaster.