There’s a good reason all roads in the U.S. have maximum posted speed limits. Speeding while behind the wheel is incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed 10,111 people in 2016. This accounted for 27% of all traffic fatalities. Despite the dangers, many Lubbock drivers continue to speed, putting everyone on the roadways at risk. To combat speeding drivers, the Lubbock Police Department is cracking down on violators.
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 But some people believe this yearly ritual is out of date with current vehicle technology, and one Texas Senator proposed legislation to get rid of yearly safety inspections for Texas drivers.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.
Using a bicycle for transportation is an increasingly popular way for people to get around. In addition to being a healthy choice, it is also good for the environment. However, when cities do not provide bicycles their own lanes on the road, it greatly increases the likelihood of accidents. While many people share the road with bicycles responsibly, some drivers can be careless or reckless, and this can cause collisions between cars and bicyclists. To help keep both bicyclists and drivers safe, the city of Lubbock is implementing more bike lanes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization that has been trying to change the car industry since its inception in 1959. The IIHS works to reduce the number of car crashes and the severity of injuries from car crashes each year. However, the IIHS might be most famous for its Top Safety Pick Award, which evaluates the overall safety of cars available on the market. This designation doesn’t just help consumers make informed decisions about buying a car – it is also helps make the car industry safer.
At any given time in the state of Texas, there are around 2,500 active work zones where construction is being performed on state roads. For construction workers, surrounding traffic poses a serious risk for injury, and motorists need to exercise extra caution when driving near and/or through work zones.