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Waco ranks as one of the safest cities for driving in Texas

A study recently published by QuoteWizard cites Waco as being one of the cities with the safest drivers in Texas. The researchers took a variety of factors into account, including how many car crashes occurred in the city in order to reach this conclusion. During the most recent reporting year of 2017, there were only 3,500 automobile accidents reported. This was the seventh lowest number of crashes of any city in the state. Also on the list of the 15 safest cities for driving in Texas, it listed the nearby town of Corsicana. There were less than 750 crashes there in 2017. This earned it a ranking of 12 on the list. In case you’re wondering what city took the top spot on the list, it was Eagle Pass. The only other cities that performed better than Waco were Brownsville, Edinburg, Marshall, Lufkin and Laredo. QuoteWizard’s research also shows that Texas, as a whole, performed better than 21 other states in the country in terms of having safe drivers. In 2017, there were nearly a quarter of a million traffic crashes statewide. In addition to car crash data, the researchers also reportedly considered the number of traffic citations issued and how many driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests there were when determining how cities and states ranked. When crashes occur in Waco, they often happen along Interstate 35, which is a main corridor that connects McLennan County to other popular cities including San Antonio and Austin. Car crashes, and especially those that occur at fast rates of speed on the highway, often result in life-threatening injuries. An experienced attorney can advise you of your right to compensation if you’ve suffered injuries.

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An anonymous letter leads Waco police to a hit-and-run driver

On Oct. 16, 2016, a 19-year-old Baylor University marching band member was struck and killed by a hit-and-run motorist. Waco Police Department struggled to identify the driver believed to have been responsible for his death until September of last year when they received an anonymous letter in the mail. She was taken into custody on March 5. According to police, the victim was riding his bike near 3200 Franklin Avenue that fateful evening. Witnesses to the crash had identified the car who struck him as a sports utility vehicle (SUV). They told police that the driver failed to stop after hitting him. The letter that police received in September of last year didn’t just pin the hit-and-run on the 50-year-old Waco resident, but it also spelled out how she had apparently been speeding and drinking at the time she struck the college student. In the time since they received that letter, detectives made contact with the woman’s auto insurance company. In doing so, they found out that she’s filed an insurance claim saying that she crashed into a stop sign shortly after the hit-and-run-incident occurred. A forensic team examined the woman’s car and found traces of blood along the molding of the front windshield and a nearby mirror. Tests to determine the blood’s origin came back as inconclusive. When questioned by police about her potential involvement in the crash, she initially told police that she’d struck a sign as she was driving back from a party where she’d been consuming wine. She later admitted that she may have struck a homeless person as well. She was processed through the McLennan County Jail after her arrest. She faces one second-degree felony count of failing to stop and render aid. It’s unclear when she was expected to be arraigned. The university described the victim as a dedicated student, band member and Christian at a ceremony held in his honor in the weeks following his death. When a motorist drives drunk, texts while riding down the road or speeds, their actions are considered to be willfully negligent. Crashes occur in these instances because drivers don’t take the necessary precautions to protect others’ safety. If you’ve been hurt or lost someone close to you in this type of crash in Texas, then a car accidents attorney can hold the negligent party liable.

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Why do tailgate accidents occur, and how can they be avoided?

How many times have you looked into the rearview mirror and noticed another driver practically in the back seat of your car? This is called tailgating. While many of us have been taught to keep our distance from the motorist in front of us, few people do that if they’re in a hurry or there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic. Tailgating isn’t just annoying though. It’s potentially deadly. Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that an estimated 950,000 motorists are injured in tailgating incidents each year. At least 2,000 individuals lose their lives in similar types of crashes. Reckless driving like this results in the majority of rear-end collisions that happen each year in the U.S. The tire manufacturer Michelin previously researched tailgating. The company’s researchers determined that at least 74% of motorists admitted to being tailgated within the previous six months. Only 11% of those same drivers said that they tailgate others though. Car operators give themselves the best chance of being able to avoid a rear-end crash when they stay a safe distance behind the person in front of them. Michelin argues that motorists should give themselves at least 10 feet of distance per 10 miles worth of speed between themselves and those in front of them. Motorists should give themselves more time and distance to stop if roads are wet or icy. Michelin encourages motorists to avoid tailgating if a driver in front of them is operating their car too slowly. The tire manufacturer encourages vehicle operators to pass anyone not driving at an adequate speed for them. Michelin recommends that motorists should allow three seconds to pass after passing alongside a vehicle before attempting to pull in front of them. This prevents a motorist from pulling in too tight on the person that they’re trying to pass. The media often describes rear-end crashes as minor fender benders. This is far from the case though. You can suffer critical injuries or die if a motorist strikes you while traveling at a high enough rate of speed. You should consult with an attorney in Waco if you’ve been severely injured in a crash here or elsewhere in Texas. Your lawyer can help you recover compensation from the reckless motorist who caused your injuries. This may greatly impact the type of medical care that you’re able to afford.

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Study claims teens are not the most dangerous drivers

Teen drivers are often stereotyped as the worst drivers on America’s roads. They’re inexperienced, detractors say, so they make mistakes that could have easily been avoided. They go on their phones too much, leading to distraction. They’re willing to take risks, like speeding and even racing their cars. They grow out of these activities as they grow up, but, from ages 16 to 20, they present a real risk on the highways. Certainly, things like inexperience and risk-taking are dangerous, but a new study shows that we may be a bit too hard on teens. It claims that millennials are actually the most dangerous drivers in America. Dangerous activities The study relies, in part, on simply asking drivers to admit what types of mistakes they make. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety put the survey together. It says that millennials between 19 and 24 years old admitted to running red lights, speeding, or texting and driving at a stunning rate. A full 88.4 percent said they had done so in the last 30 days. You may note that millennials range in age from 20 to 36, so the study also looked at drivers ranging from 25 to 39 years old. They said they had done the same things — texting and driving, speeding or running red lights — at a rate of 79 percent. That put them square in second place as the most dangerous drivers, even above teens. Reports say that means that millennials as a whole are the “most reckless generation on the road.” Reported activities It’s important to note that the surveys pull their information not from arrest records or accident statistics, but from self-reported activities. This way, they include instances where a driver made a critical error — like texting while blowing through a red light — but was lucky enough not to get caught and not to cause an accident. There is, of course, the chance that people would lie about their mistakes or fail to remember instances that would count. However, this is generally a reliable way to get information since there’s no negative consequence to telling the truth. Where did teens rank? If teens have been unfairly cast as the most dangerous drivers, you may wonder where they did rank. For those between 16 and 18 years old, they ranked third overall. The admitted to the same dangerous habits at a rate of 69.3 percent. As it turns out, the three youngest age groups all combine to pose the biggest threat on the roads. Your options after a crash Regardless of your age, it’s very important to understand the risks. Make sure you know what options you have after another driver causes an accident.

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Crash along I-35 claims lives of teenage sisters from Frisco

Two Frisco, Texas, sisters were killed recently when a pickup truck ran into a sedan carrying the family. The sisters, ages 18 and 16, were riding in a Honda being driven by their father along the Interstate 35 access road in Kyle, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. The driver of a Dodge pickup truck, a 61-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly tried to run from the scene, according to police. Also riding in the car were the girls’ sister, age 12, and a family friend. The father, the friend and his younger daughter all were transported to the hospital with injuries that weren’t thought to be life-threatening. Everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt, according to a local official. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and booked on two counts of an accident involving death and three counts of an accident involving injury. He was sent to the Hays County Jail on $250,000 bond. More charges could be filed after toxicology results are complete. The driver of the pickup truck, according to county records, has been arrested on driving while intoxicated charges twice before – one in 2003 and again in 2010. The girls were students at Wakeland High School in Frisco, and the school community was in mourning. The school district issued a statement that read, in part, that the “community is heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of two of our students.” Tributes to the sisters poured in on social media, and it’s clear they left a lasting impression on their community. For their father and sister, the recovery period from their physical and emotional injuries will be long, and the family’s medical and funeral expenses likely will be large. Any way the financial or physical pain can be eased will be helpful to this family.

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You will be shocked by how many deaths fog causes

It is clear that the weather has a huge impact on driving conditions. Flooding washes out roads, high winds wreak havoc with semi trucks and trailers, heavy rain leads to slick pavement and hydroplaning, and the occasional Texas snowfall gives many drivers a challenge they have never had to deal with before. However, one serious hazard that many people overlook is fog. Reports claim that fog leads to 31,385 crashes every single year. In those accidents, 11,812 people suffer injuries. Staggeringly, those accidents also take 511 lives. These are yearly averages, so the real results vary a bit from one year to the next, but the impact is incredible. More than 500 people die because of fog annually. To give you some sense of comparison, most people are far more afraid of a tornado than fog. However, tornadoes only kill 109 people every year. People also worry about flooding, but it only takes an average of 75 lives every year. They cancel outdoor events like football games for lightning, but lightning is only linked to 33 annual deaths. This is not to take away from the dangers of lightning, flooding or tornadoes. They must all be taken seriously, as they are. Still, looking at the numbers shows that we should probably spend a lot more time planning for car accidents in the fog, as it causes many deadly accidents. Have you been injured in a car accident or have you lost a loved one in a tragic crash? If so, make sure you know all of the legal options you have.

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Why do Wrong-Way Crashes Occur and How Can You Prevent Them?

In a semi-rural city like Waco, it seems that there’s a story on the news about a head-on crash almost every week. This isn’t surprising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these crashes are most common in rural areas. They account for 13% of all fatal accidents. These types of collisions often result in significant injuries and deaths. They can be prevented though. These types of crashes most commonly occur when a motorist crosses over the center line and into the direction of an oncoming car on a highway. They also occur on interstates too. These head-on collisions happen when a motorist inadvertently makes a turn onto the wrong highway off-ramp. Cars are often in the process of decelerating as they get off the interstate. It’s seldom a positive thing when they crash into slow-moving cars. Motorists can avoid wrong-way crashes like these by being more observant of street signs and markings on the pavement. Turn arrows that are pointing in the wrong direction from the one you’re traveling in should send a message to you that you need to turn around. You should take time to look twice at any red signs as they’re there to warn you of potential dangers in your path. If you come upon a vehicle that’s heading in the wrong direction, then you should let off the gas and apply your brake. You should begin sounding your horn to alert the motorist of their error. You should also start turning your headlights on and off to try to get their attention. When it appears that a collision is imminent, you should do your best to steer to the right of the vehicle coming at you. If necessary, then you should drive it into the nearest ditch, shoulder or parking lot to get away from them. There are many reasons that motorists leave their lane and travel into oncoming traffic. Some do so because they’re driving so fast that they lose control of their car. Others do so because they fall asleep or drive under the influence of alcohol. These also occur when a motorist attempts to avoid road obstacles or to illegally pass others. If a Texas driver has injured you in such a crash, then a car accidents attorney can advise you of your right to compensation for your injuries.

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How Does Comparative Negligence After a Car Crash Affect You?

Many people assume that only one person can be responsible for a car crash. In reality, the contributing factors that lead to a significant automobile collision can be very complex. Even situations that seem straightforward may have complicating factors that aren’t obvious on the surface. Everything from the condition of a vehicle to the health and attentiveness of both drivers can contribute to a collision. Sometimes, one driver makes a major mistake like merging into traffic or heading the wrong way on a one-way street. When one person seeks compensation after a crash, they generally need to prove that the other party is responsible for the accident that occurred. Sometimes, the other party can raise the defense that the liability was split between both drivers. This legal concept is known as comparative negligence, and you need to understand it if you hope to seek compensation for a motor vehicle accident. Comparative negligence assigns a percentage of fault Comparative negligence (or comparative liability) assigns each driver or entity involved in a crash a percentage of the responsibility for the accident. Texas is one of many states in which an individual who is 51% or higher responsible for a crash cannot seek compensation. However, individuals who bear as much as 49% of the culpability for a collision can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the other party in the crash. The amount of compensation that someone can recover will reflect a reduction based on their percentage of comparative liability. Insurance companies try to get you to implicate yourself Comparative liability can save someone responsible for a crash a lot of money. That financial impact can also pass on to the insurer of the responsible driver. In the wake of a major crash, insurance adjusters may speak to the victim in the hopes of mitigating their liability. Insurance representatives may ask for a recorded statement and then ask leading questions. Things that the victim says innocently could implicate them in some manner and result in an assignment of comparative liability. Attorneys representing a driver who causes a crash may also take steps to get the other parties involved in the crash to admit some degree of responsibility. The risk of accidentally implicating yourself when the crash is clearly the fault of another driver is one of many reasons why you should definitely talk with a personal injury attorneyafter a crash. Not only can they advise you of your rights to see compensation, but they can also help protect you against making mistakes that could impact your ability to get the compensation you deserve.

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Using civil litigation to hold a reckless driver responsible

People who make dangerous decisions have a tendency to ignore how their actions could have consequences for other people. They become so focused on their own desires that they don’t stop to think about the ramifications. Reckless drivers, in particular, may be more focused on their own schedule or desire for fun than on the safety of the people who share the road with them. They don’t stop to wonder about the possible consequences until it’s too late. If you get hurt by someone driving in a reckless or irresponsible way in Waco, you may wish that there was some way to teach them a lesson about how their decisions have consequences for other people. Thankfully, the law in Texas does create civil options for those who get hurt by reckless or negligent drivers. Filing a lawsuit against someone who hurt you or damaged your property could be the perfect way to teach them not to do the same thing in the future. A lawsuit makes sure they don’t walk away without consequence Sometimes, even when a reckless driver causes a crash, the only legal consequence is a traffic citation. That could mean they only have to pay a small fine, while you’re stuck dealing with major property damage or lasting injuries. Although you and law enforcement may suspect reckless driving, there may simply not be adequate evidence to prove it. At least, the evidence available may not be sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that reckless driving occurred. However, the same evidence may very well meet the necessary standards for evidence in civil trials. Documentation that someone was texting or otherwise engaging in reckless or negligent behavior, like excessively exceeding the speed limit, could be enough to win a civil court case even if it wasn’t enough to bring criminal charges. The financial consequences of a lawsuit can last for years You may have to deal with tens of thousands of dollars worth of fallout from a crash. From medical expenses that persist for years to damage to a nice vehicle, the costs can quickly add up after a collision. These costs can often far exceed the liability coverage the responsible driver carried on their vehicle. A civil lawsuit allows you to pass those expenses that exceeded insurance coverage on to the person responsible for the collision. That could mean that the other driver winds up paying for the accident they caused for many years, which will hopefully be enough to keep them from endangering others in the future. If you find yourself wondering about whether you could qualify for compensation under Texas personal injury laws, sitting down with an attorney can help you make an informed decision about your options.

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