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Texas accident attorney, Texas personal injury lawyerThe winter storms will soon be arriving, even in Texas. In past winters, northern Texas has seen the thermometer drop in  the single digits and in south Texas, the temperatures can drop into the thirties, cold enough for snow and ice. Although these cold temperatures bring a beautiful snowy backdrop to the holiday season, they also bring dangerous road conditions and auto accidents.

Drivers are used to the warm, dry roads, especially in Texas, so when the snow hits, it is especially important to take extra precautions. Auto safety advocates suggest the following tips:

  • Avoid driving: If you can help it, stay off the roads until the conditions have improved. Avoiding dangerous roads means avoiding car accidents.
  • Pay attention to the weather: Check the daily forecast before you head out so you will be expecting snow showers or any other changes in weather before they occur. You may even be able to plan your day accordingly so that you will be off the roads before the snow hits.
  • Wear your seatbelt: Seatbelts should be worn even in the best driving conditions, but it is extra important in bad weather, with the chance of crashing is heightened.
  • Slow down: When you are driving in winter weather, ease off the gas pedal. It is much easier to lose control of your vehicle at high speeds on snowy roads. Do not depend on your tires’ traction or anti-lock brakes to save you from an accident, even the best eyes can miss a patch of ice on the road ahead.
  • Do not stop for accidents or stranded cars: Usually, trying to stop and pull over on an icy road will cause more problems than the one you are trying to stop for. If you see someone that needs help, contact 911 and a professional can come and assist the driver in need.
  • Brake slowly: If you do not have ABS (anti-lock brakes), act in their place by tapping your brake when you are trying to stop on a slippery surface. Holding your brakes down may only lock them and will cause you to slide. If you do have ABS, you should still be prepared to slide in bad conditions.
  • Turning into a slide: When your car begins to slide on the road, turn your wheel in the direction that you want your car to go. It is likely that you may overcorrect your turn and you will have to quickly turn your wheel the opposite way, but you will then have slowed down your sliding and turning vehicle.

If you have been injured in an auto accident on the icy roads, contact an experienced New Braunfels accident attorney for assistance. Call The Bettersworth Law Firm at 830-606-0404 today.

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Texas accident attorney, Texas personal injury lawyerThe culture surrounding marijuana has changed drastically in recent years. Research has pointed to marijuana as an effective treatment for constant pain, seizures, and other medical issues. Many states have approved some type of medical marijuana while other states have legalized both medical and recreational use. While marijuana and its related products may turn out to be important medical discoveries, it has become clear to safety agencies that a rise in marijuana use around the U.S. is associated with an increase in marijuana-related car accidents. If you were hit by a driver who you believe was impaired due to marijuana use, contact an attorney right away. Marijuana has the potential to impair a driver’s abilities like alcohol or drowsiness. An individual who is high and causes an accident must be held responsible.

Drivers Who Recently Smoked Marijuana More Likely to Crash

According to an analysis performed by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, eight of nine studies found marijuana increased the likelihood of a car accident. After alcohol, marijuana was the most commonly detected drug in drivers involved in an accident. Drivers who test positive for marijuana in their systems are twice as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who test clean for drugs or alcohol. Additionally, the more THC in a person’s system, the higher the risk of an accident.

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New Braunfelse personal injury attorneyToward the end of August, one individual died and another individual was injured during a rollover crash with another vehicle on Wurzbach Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. One woman was reported to be in critical condition immediately following the accident but later died in the hospital. The other individual, a 28-year-old man driving the car, was thrown from the vehicle despite wearing his seatbelt. The individuals in the other car that was hit were treated at the scene.

The details of what went wrong are unclear, but accidents such as this one often lead to personal injury or wrongful death claims against the at-fault driver.

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