Articles Posted in Traffic safety

right_of_way_NI’m always astonished how many drivers do not appear to know what the traffic laws are. But it’s been 30 or 40 years since many people read the driver’s handbook back in driver’s education class and no retest has been required since.

Many of our rules of the road are common sense or common courtesy — two things you don’t see as much of these days. But others can be a little confusing.

For example, what happens if two people arrive at a four way stop exactly at the same time? Or a traffic light is out and there is a blinking red light?

But turning at an intersection is a simple task.

We have a ridiculous number of car wrecks in Texas. It is tragic that over 21,000 people died or were seriously injured in them in 2016, according to sobering statistics that were just released.

So it’s worth reviewing traffic laws, especially right-of-way rules, every now and then.  Continue reading

tx-auto-580x362The latest roadway statistics were just released. They are not good.

Texans experienced a startling 10 percent increase in traffic fatalities from the year before.

Since 2010, the toll has shot up a whopping 34 percent.

It’s possible that our highways could be safer.

As this chart shows, from 2003 to 2010 the annual Texas traffic fatality rate decreased from 3,371 to 2,781.

Then the trend reversed and the number shot up to 3,720.

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Does the State of Texas have a duty to warn drivers about a dangerous road condition? Last week’s decision by a Texas appellate court ruling said that it did.

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The Dallas court affirmed a jury’s verdict in favor of a motorcyclist who crashed when his wheels hit a large crack in the highway. The trial court capped the $1,200,000 verdict at $250,000, the maximum damages allowed under the Texas Tort Claims Act, and the state appealed.

Brian Milton was traveling on FM Road 148 in Kaufman in 2012 at night. He couldn’t see the deep cracks in the road pictured here until he hit one and crashed his bike into a ditch. Milton had never driven on this road before. He was severely injured.

Testimony from state employees and other evidence showed that the TxDOT clearly knew about the problem before the crash. The responding officer noted the “big cracks” in the roadway.

A few days later, Milton’s wife took this photo of the severely eroded highway. And just one month earlier, a TxDOT worker had taken pictures of the poor road conditions and ordered signs to warn drivers about the failing road but the signs weren’t placed in the correct location.

In addition, the agency had begun roadwork nearby but had not yet made its way to the area of the crash where work orders were in place.

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Dallas Has Almost 3rd Worst Traffic in the Country.

images-2We all know how dangerous and frustrating driving on Dallas-Fort Worth roads can be.

And if you think Dallas is the worst city to drive in, you’re close. It was recently ranked almost tied for the #3 spot on the list for cities with the worst traffic in the United States. Only Los Angeles and New York City, the top two most densely populated cities and famous for their bumper-to-bumper gridlock, have more traffic jams. Remember the opening to the movie La La Land when people danced on their stopped cars?

The study analyzed 108,000 “hotspots” in American cities to identify where they are and why they happen. They represent problem areas that cause congestion and crashes.

The researchers found 6,720 traffic hot spots in Dallas. The worst area was on Interstate 20 West from south of downtown to Collins in Arlington. Improving these areas would make our lives better and reduce the enormous number of car wrecks we have – over 80,000 a year in Dallas and Tarrant Counties each year. Continue reading

National Teen Driver Safety Week Is A Good Startimages.

Here’s a great idea that gives parents and schools the chance to focus on this critical safety issue.

The U.S. Department of Transportation devised this excellent awareness program to curtail the tragic loss of 2,333 teens and 221,313 teens severely injured after being in an auto accident in 2015.

Parents are not usually usually driving with their teens so they must teach and enforce these five crucial driving behaviors to prevent car and truck crashes:

  • No using a cell phone or texting
  • No piling passengers in the car
  • No speeding
  • No drinking alcohol
  • No driving without wearing a seat belt

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https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/09/fwpolice_1506287746348_11227849_ver1.0.jpgOne driver pulls up to another driver and points a gun at him. After a high speed chase, police officers lose control and crash into a bank. The armed driver races into a neighborhood where he wrecks his car, flees on foot, and breaks into a house. The officers are rushed to emergency rooms and one is seriously hurt. Other police officers eventually arrest the man.

This unbelievable police chase was not a scene in the latest Hollywood action movie. It happened yesterday afternoon in Fort Worth. It was so violent it made national headlines.

The driver, a 21-year-old male, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm and already had seven outstanding arrest warrants. His passenger, a 21-year-old female, was arrested for possession of marijuana and had five warrants.

Our residents are almost always known for their hospitality and courtesy. But our roadways are sometimes turning into battlefields. Road rage has become a  common occurrence. Continue reading

dreamstime_xs_1275006-1-300x213If you drive near a school, you noticed all the children walking and riding their bikes and their moms and dads driving them this morning. And of course, you saw the big yellow school buses. And soon we’ll have an eclipse of the sun, well, mostly. Not a typical day to be driving, right?

As our students dive into their books, it’s time for drivers to do a little homework. Here’s a quick refresher on the traffic laws that will keep kids safe and help you avoid a very expensive traffic ticket.

School bus laws

Getting stuck behind a school bus can be frustrating. Can you pass one that is stopped in the other direction? Here is the law in Texas: Continue reading

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If you could (somehow) avoid certain areas on our Dallas-Fort Worth highways, you might be safer. That’s the conclusion of a new traffic study.

Sections of eight DFW roads were the sites of almost 200 deaths in 2015, adding to the dismal total that makes Texas the #1 ranked state for traffic fatalities in the U.S.

So which of our highways are the worst?

The misspelling on the sign is a clue as to North Texas’s #1’s most frightening road — and the area near mile marker 124 on I-30 just east of downtown Fort Worth is almost the deadliest place to drive in the entire state of Texas.

Stretches of Interstates 35, 20, and 635 and US Highway 175 in our Dallas-Fort area were also deadly. Here’s the list:

Rank in DFW Rank in TX City Road Mile point Crashes Deaths Miles Deaths/ mile
1 2 Fort Worth I-30 124 8 14 1.99 7.05
2 7 Dallas I-35 91 11 14 2.67 5.25
3 9 Duncanville I-20 70 11 11 2.16 5.1
4 13 Dallas I-35 161 38 42 8.87 4.74
5 15 Dallas US 175 129 29 36 8.01 4.49
6 18 Dallas I-635 66 37 39 9.54 4.09
7 22 Lancaster I-20 133 16 20 5.21 3.84
8 24 Grand Prairie I-20 94 10 10 2.62 3.81

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Last evening’s downpour dumped two inches of rain on North Texas — and that was on top of the huge storm last week and eight inches of rain last month. Hundreds of motorists have been in automobile accidents or stranded in high water.

Miraculously Fort Worth firefighters reported no major injuries from car accidents last night. Apparently most people used common sense and stayed off the roads or drove safely.

A man got swept away in a flashflood behind the Denton Wal-Mart and drowned but two other men with him were fortunately rescued.

If there is a car wreck during bad weather, which driver(s) is legally at fault and how is this determined?

And what are some tips to avoid getting into an automobile collision in poor driving conditions in the first place?

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dreamstime_xl_51353731-300x200Many ER doctors and surgeons prescribe narcotics to their patients since many are in dire pain after a car accident or surgery. Opioids provide quick relief, so what harm can a script for some OxyContin possibly do? Plenty, according to a new study.

Opiate addiction in patients of “high-intensity prescribers” was 30 percent more likely than in patients who saw “low-intensity prescribers.” The study shows that doctors who were overly generous with the prescription pad may be causing addiction to high potency medications.

Texas has a serious addiction problem. So does the rest of the country. Almost 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 according to the CDC. Back in 2003, Rush Limbaugh famously admitted he was addicted to OxyContin. Addiction to opiods is a raging epidemic in the U.S.

What does this have to do with driving? Personal injury lawyers are seeing more and more crashes caused by drivers intoxicated on these prescription drugs. A man who crashed into our client’s car said he had taken 12 pills and had no idea how the collision happened.

Medications like Vicodin can impair a driver just as much as illegal drugs or alcohol. But shockingly there is no law that effectively stops the use of prescription medications while driving. Continue reading

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