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Traffic Is Down, But Accident Fatality Rates Are Up: Why?

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Given the current public health crisis, many states have either mandated or urged residents to stay at home. While Governor Greg Abbott allowed local areas to dictate directives for some weeks, an official stay-at-home order began in Texas on April 2, 2020.

Apart from essential worker travel and trips for necessities like medicine and groceries, the need to drive is down in the Lone Star state. While many people are working from home and staying home as a safety measure, it appears drivers still taking to the roads may be doing so with less caution than usual.

Verizon to Pay $125,000,000 to the Family of a New Jersey Woman Who was Crushed and Paralyzed by a Telephone Pole

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On the morning of January 27, 2017, Marie Moser Meister was waiting for the bus as she did every day when she was crushed by a telephone pole. The telephone pole in question had rotted through, snapped at its base, fallen over, and landed on an unsuspecting Mrs. Meister. She suffered multiple spinal and rib fractures as well as severe paralysis throughout her body. Mrs. Meister also suffered brain injuries and vision problems in both eyes.

Researchers Report an Increase in Traffic Fatality Rates per Miles Driven Despite Stay-At-Home Orders

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According to a recent report by The National Safety Council, preliminary traffic fatality data from March 2020 shows that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal. Researchers compiled traffic fatality data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers reported an eight percent decrease in the overall number of fatalities in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The number of miles driven also decreased by 18.6 percent compared to the previous year. However, the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven was 1.22 in March, up from 1.07 in March 2019. This represents a 14 percent increase in fatality rates per miles driven in March compared to March 2019.

Off-Road Vehicle Rollover Accidents

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When designing, manufacturing, and selling vehicles designed to go off-road, occupant safety should be a primary concern. Yet, accident data shows that rollovers among these vehicles are common, foreseeable accidents. Furthermore, data reveals extremity injuries are the most common injures caused by rollovers.

Hit by a drunk driver? Here's what you should do.

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Now that the stay-at-home order has eased up, we are likely to see an increase of drivers on the road. As there are more drivers, there is a higher chance there will be impaired drivers on the road as well. So, what should you do if you are involved in an accident caused by an impaired driver?

Harris County Woman Files Lawsuit After Door Malfunction Causes Severed Finger

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On March 30, 2020, a Harris County woman filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against BKD Twenty-One Management Company, Inc. doing business as Brookdale Plaza West University, the manager of the subject premises, Brookdale Employee Services, LLC, HCP HB3 West University Houston TX GP, LLC, among others. The woman brought multiple causes of action against the defendants, including premises liability and negligence.

How Bad Is Distracted Driving In Texas, Really?

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News articles and reports constantly toss out statistics regarding the dangers of Texas roads. But is everything you read reliable? Texas is such a large state. It seems natural that things like accident rates and fatality numbers would be higher, right?

How does Texas really compare to other states?

Verizon to Pay $125M to Woman Paralyzed Due to Fallen Pole

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On January 23, 2017, Maria Meister, then 50 years old, was injured when she was struck by a pole that fell on her as she waited for a bus. Mrs. Meister sustained multiple fractures in her spine and ribs. She is paralyzed from her mid-chest down and has limited use of her left arm. Additionally, Mrs. Meister suffers from a brain injury and has vision problems. Her family filed suit and has settled for $125 million.

Serious Car Crashes Increase in Austin Even with Fewer Drivers on Roads

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For the past six weeks, most Austin drivers welcomed the open roads throughout the city mainly due to recent COVID-19 lockdown orders. Fewer drivers on the road eased the city's congestion, allowing drivers to get to places much faster than times before the state's stay-at-home orders went into effect. While streets and traffic congestion seem to have largely diminished, car crashes resulting in serious injuries have spiked within the city's limits during this time.

Houston, We Still Have a Problem - Drugged Driving

It is no secret that the Houston Metropolitan area leads the nation in fatal crashes involving impaired drivers. Between 2001 and 2016, the Houston area (a nine-county region) had more fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers than any other major metropolitan area in the country. Fortunately, with the help of technology, law-makers, law enforcement, and advocacy organizations, there has been a decrease across the nation in the number of drunken driving deaths in the last several years. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of drugged driving deaths.

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