Austin Personal Injury Attorneys' Blog

Can Austin Fix Its Wrong-Way Crash Problem?

We recently published a blog discussing how local authorities are taking steps to prevent drunk driving accidents in Austin. Drunk drivers are far more likely to cause a certain type of accident that is notorious for causing catastrophic injuries and deaths. Statistics published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show that a majority of wrong-way crashes in the US are caused by drunk drivers. The same is true here in Austin. Several recent wrong-way crashes in Austin involved drunk drivers. We covered a few of these accidents on last week’s blog. The incident where three family members died involved a wrong-way driver. In late February, another drunk driver severely injured a woman during a wrong-way crash. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Central Texas Regional Mobile Authority have taken steps to warn drivers when they enter the wrong side of the freeway. In 2016, the agencies lowered…
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Are Hands-Free Devices Safe to Use While Driving?

Texas lawmakers recently passed a statewide anti-texting and driving law. The new law, which went into effect last year on September 1, bans motorists from texting while driving. Motorists who are caught by law enforcement can receive fines that range from $25 to $99. Repeat offenders can receive fines of up to $200. Advocates of the law claim it will help reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in Texas. Austin motorists can use hands-free devices to make and receive phone calls. However, hands-free devices have become a debated issue among transportation safety officials. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), hands-free devices can distract drivers and cause accidents. The NSC claims drivers can miss up to 50 percent of what is going on around them while talking on any type of phone – including hands-free devices. There are other critics of hands-free devices. According to researchers with the University…
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Can Austin Do More to Prevent Drunk Driving Crashes?

Several recent drunk driving accidents show why impaired drivers are one of the largest public safety threats in Austin. Each year, multiple people in our city are killed or injured by drivers who chose to get behind the wheel after drinking. In early February, a 21-year-old woman ran over an Austin man who was riding a moped. The man died after being dragged underneath the woman’s car. In another incident last November, three people were killed in a head-on collision involving a drunk driver. A little girl who lost her entire family in the wreck was the only survivor. What Measures are in Place to Prevent Austin Drunk Driving Crashes? Austin Police Department (APD) uses No Refusal days to deter drunk drivers. During No Refusal days, APD increases its patrols and has quick access to judges who will sign warrants for blood draws. However, local press outlets suggest the popular…
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