Monthly Archives: January 2014

Why Awareness About Perils of Distracting Driving Isn’t Necessarily Reducing Distration Related Car Accidents

Barrus Injury Lawyers Specialize in San Antonio Car Accidents

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As a San Antonio car accident attorney, I probably notice more than most the number of distracted drivers behind the wheel here in Texas.  And, while it’s common knowledge that distracted driving costs lives, many people are still unaware of just how widespread the problem is.  This is greatly due to the fact that the popular media has simplified the issue by focusing on “texting” and use of other electronic devises.  However, distracted driving has been a problem long before such electronic devices were so widespread.  In fact, in talking about distracted driving in terms of only “texting” we ignore the multitude of distractions that existed before the advent of smart phones and GPS devices.  Distractions such as eating while driving, putting on make-up, passenger distractions, rubbernecking, adjusting dashboard controls, and sightseeing are among some of the distractions that existed long before “texting,” and which have just as great a tendency to cause an automobile accident as modern distraction.However, there is a good reason that many city and state law makers have zeroed in on electronic devices when drafting laws aimed at curbing distracted driving.  Mainly, because the solution to the problem is so blatantly obvious – put the phone down!

Many cities, such as San Antonio, Texas have taken the lead in banning “texting” while driving.  If public education and threats of criminal prosecution can persuade drivers to exercise greater care to avoid distracted driving, then perhaps we have a chance to eventually target other forms of distracted driving as well.

4 Common Car Accident Factors During Road Trips

San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Discusses Road Tip SafetyWith the price of travel, and the status of today’s economy, more and more families are opting for vacations that involve road trips rather than vacations that require airplane travel.  Whether you’re headed to visit friends, family, or just exploring a new destination, a road trip is a fun and economical way to get to your destination.  However, spending long hours in the car has its negative aspects.  As a San Antonio car accident lawyer, I’ve seen how many of the negative aspects of road trips can lead to car accidents.  Here are four of the most common causes of San Antonio car accidents during a road trip:

  1.  “Are We There Yet?”Whether you’re fed up with little ones asking the question every ten minutes, or you’re hoping to make the drive a little faster, it’s tempting to speed on a long drive. Unfortunately, high speed is one of the top three causes of motor vehicle accidents in Texas.

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents From Perspective of a San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer

Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses Trucking Safety Concerns.

San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer on Safety Issues

Texas trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents that occur on Texas roadways. However, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents.  Due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks, injuries and fatalities resulting from trucking accidents are far greater than most car accidents.  Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes. As a San Antonio truck accident lawyer, I have seen the devastating effects that a trucking accident can have on victims and their families, and I’m not alone in recognizing the devastation caused by trucking accidents.

According to 2012 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2011.

Like motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents can occur as a result of a variety of factors. Most trucking accidents are caused by driver error, and fatigue and sleep deprivations are the leading contributors to such error. Another common cause is equipment failure, which might occur in the form of brake failure due to improper maintenance.  Maintenance issues such as tire blowouts as a result of wear and tear, defective lighting, or an improperly attached trailer top the list of maintenance issues that lead to trucking accidents Other factors can also contribute to trucking accidents, including adverse weather, road conditions, and traffic signal failure.