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drunken driving accidentThe statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are frightening. Every day, 300,000 people drive drunk, yet only 4,000 are arrested. Every day, 28 people are killed in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Why do so many people get behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking? In surveys conducted in 2012, over 29 million people admitted to driving after they had been drinking. That number is more than the entire population of the state of Texas. The problem is many people who have had a few drinks do not always realize that they may be impaired. Alcohol impairment has nothing to do with the kind of alcohol you have consumed, but instead it is determined by the amount of alcohol you drink and the period of time you drink it in. In an effort to combat drunken driving accidents, there have been many apps developed that people can download on their smartphones, which will help them determine if they have had too much to drink and should not get behind the wheel of a car. One example is the BreathalEyes app, which uses the phone camera to record a user’s Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). This is what law enforcement checks during a sobriety field test. HGN is when a person’s eye twitches or jerks when they look to the left or to the right. This commonly occurs when a person has been drinking alcohol. Some states have developed their own apps to help stop drunk drivers. Maryland has recently launched the ENDUI app, which estimates users’ blood-alcohol level. The app also has two games which can test users’ cognitive abilities. Wisconsin developed the Drive Sober app, which offers several options. The app estimates what the user’s blood alcohol content is and gives either a red or green light to drive. The app also offers Find A Ride and Designated Driver Selector features. Whether a person uses an app or not, the responsibility of not getting behind the wheel of a vehicle unless a person is sober lies with the person themselves. If you have been injured in an accident caused by drunk driver, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent driver.

texting lawsPrimary enforcement laws against texting and driving appear to be working in helping to reduce the number of vehicle accidents and fatalities, according to a recent study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The study found that in states that had primary texting bans, there was a three percent decrease in fatalities, an average of 19 lives saved every year. In data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in 2011, 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 to 64 admitted to either reading or sending text messages or emails while they were driving within the prior 30 days of the survey. That year, there were 3,331 deaths and 387,000 injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers. The laws among states all vary. There are states which have banned texting while driving for all drivers, while others have only banned texting for younger drivers. In some states, the ban is a primary enforcement law, which means that law enforcement does not need another reason to stop a driver suspected of texting and driving. However, in other states, the ban is classified as a secondary enforcement law. This means that a police officer needs another reason, such as running a stop sign, brake light out, etc., in order for the officer to be able to stop you. It is because of this inconsistency in laws that the study was needed, said lead researcher Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand. “Very little is known about whether laws banning texting while driving have actually improved roadway safety. Further, given the considerable variation in the types of laws that states have passed and whom they ban from what, it was necessary to determine which types of laws are most beneficial in improving roadway safety,” she said. For this study, the research team used data collected from 2000 through 2010 by Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which included:
  • Primary enforcement laws were “significantly associated” with a three percent decrease in distracted driving traffic accident fatalities. This statistic applied to all age groups.
  • Primary enforcement laws that were specifically for young drivers reduced fatalities by 11 percent for the age groups of 15 to 21 year olds. These bans appear to be the most effective for young drivers.
  • States which only had secondary enforcement laws had no decrease in the number of fatalities from accidents caused by texting.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

general motors, GM, vehicle recall, defective vehicle, vehicle safety, Seguin car accident lawyerThere are many reasons car accidents occur every single day--between distracted drivers, roadside debris, and even unavoidable situations, you certainly have enough to pay attention to while behind the wheel without having to worry about your vehicle being the cause. If you or a loved one owns a car manufactured by General Motors, unfortunately this is a concern you must have.

It is no secret that GM has been having trouble with recalls on their new and used vehicles, and many are not aware of how dangerous this can be. In fact, nearly every model manufactured by General Motors has now been impacted by some kind of serious safety recall.

The following information certainly sheds light on the wide impact of these recalls, and what you need to know as a consumer regarding your legal rights and compensation:

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A San Antonio Jefferson High School student “was killed this past weekend after his car was struck by an 18-wheeler on his drive home from the Matador Relays,” according to KGNB.am News. The Relays are a track and field event. The accident happened with the 18-year-old was driving home on Westbound I-10. The high school senior, Alex Omstead, “reportedly crossed the center median, went through the cable barricade, and crossed into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes.” Omstead’s car was then struck by an 18-wheeler, killing the teen on impact. Investigators are trying now to figure out why his car was able to cross the barricades, but no further information has yet been released.   According to WritingShares.com, the truck driver is not being charged in the accident, as Olmstead’s car entered the wrong lane of traffic and “there was no time to act to avoid an accident.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.” Seven teenagers between 16 and 19 died every day in 2010 due to motor vehicle injuries, and “per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.” Most teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable—as Omstead’s likely was. The motor vehicle death rate for teenage boys is almost two times that for girls. “Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010,” according to the CDC, “39 percent were speeding at the time of the crash and 25 percent had been drinking.” There was no speculation in the news as to whether Omstead had been drinking at the time of crash. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident—whether or not someone in the car was fatally wounded—you may be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels accident attorney today. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
In New Braunfels, Memorial Day weekend got off to a dangerous start. On Friday, May 25, 2012, shortly after 6 p.m., multiple vehicles collided at a New Braunfels Shell gas station on Highway 46 West. KGNB reports that a Ford pickup truck exited off the Highway onto the gas station’s property at an extremely high speed.  Instead of slowing down and stopping, the pick-up truck flew through parking lot hitting the vacuum and air station. The truck did not stop there, but rather continued on, violently crashing into several vehicles in the parking lot.  A total of four vehicles were involved in the crash. The collision injured several individuals, two of which were immediately transported to the nearest hospital for medical treatment. Their current condition is unknown. In addition to the injured individuals, the crash caused major damage to the vehicles involved and property damage to the gas station. New Braunfels police are still investigating the accident and are unsure what caused the chaotic crash. Regardless of how careful you are when driving, or even when you are parked, accidents do happen and are sometimes unavoidable, like this one was. Here, the parked cars had no chance to get out of the way of the out of control pick-up truck. Clearly, one vehicle that has lost control just for a minute can cause major damage to individuals and property. If you find yourself in a similar situation, it is prudent to hire a New Braunfels car accident and personal injury attorney who can help you.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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