Rideshare company Uber shocked the world last month when one of the driverless vehicles it is testing hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the road. The accident, which took place in Tempe, Arizona, was the first fatality caused by a self-driving vehicle. The car’s manufacturer, Volvo, wants to make sure consumers know it was not their safety features that failed during the accident – it was a distracted driver and disabled safety features.
Texas was one of only a few states to not enact a statewide texting while driving ban until last September. Previously, it was up to cities to pass ordinances to reduce this dangerous behavior; and, while some cities like Austin have long since embraced texting and driving bans, other cities like Houston had not. In September 2017, the Texas statewide texting and driving ban finally went in to effect. With the increasing number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving, the ban should have helped reduced the number of accidents, but in the six months since it went into effect, the ban has been off to a rough start.
Safety technology in motor vehicles has come long way over the years. Cars are now being equipped with lasers that can detects cars, pedestrians, and other hazards and apply the brakes all before the driver knows what happened. This type of technology is helping to prevent accidents and injuries across the country, and now these same technologies are being applied to some of the most dangerous motor vehicles: semi trucks. Tesla Motors is manufacturing semiautonomous 18-wheelers that could drastically reduce the number of trucking accidents.
According to the Pew Research Center, over 95% of Americans now own at least one cell phone. While cell phones allow for greater communication, they are having a devastating effect on driving safety. Many drivers use their cell phones while driving and it’s causing an astonishing number of car accidents. Data from the National Safety Council revealed a distracted driver using a cell phone causes one in every four car crashes.
So far this year, five children have lost their lives to heatstroke in cars despite the fact that most of the country has yet to experience the relentless heat of the summer months. Heatstroke is a very real threat in Texas, and so Liggett Law Group takes the first ever National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day very seriously.
Nearly every Texas driver is familiar with yearly safety inspections. Without an up-to-date inspection, drivers could find themselves paying a traffic fine or be prevented from updating their vehicle registration. But some people believe this yearly ritual is out of date with current vehicle technology, and one Texas Senator proposed legislation to get rid of yearly safety inspections for Texas drivers.
Using a cell phone while driving is incredibly dangerous. Each year, thousands of drivers using their cell phone while driving cause car accidents resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Although most people know texting while driving is unsafe, many Texas drivers engage in this risky behavior anyway. However, Texas legislators are doing everything in their power to bring an end to car accidents caused by texting drivers.
Pre-owned cars have pros and cons. While pre-owned cars may be a more economical option for consumers, they could also be hiding expensive and dangerous mechanical problems. For this reason, many consumers choose to invest in “certified” pre-owned cars. Unfortunately this designation can be misleading, and several organizations are suing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban car dealerships from using it.