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Car accidents and traumatic brain injuries

Whether you have been involved in a minor fender bender or a major collision, you run the risk of being seriously injured. While broken bones and lacerations are obvious injuries that must be attended to, there may be other injuries that are harder to spot. Traumatic brain injuries can go unnoticed, but can cause serious, long-term damage if left untreated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists traumatic brain injuries as the second-leading cause of hospitalizations in the United States. The problem lies in the fact that symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after the accident occurred.

How to spot the signs of road rage

Road rage is a very real problem in the United States. Stories in the media tell of people who lose their temper while behind the wheel and, as a result, initiate altercations with other drivers. In some cases, people may use weapons to physically harm others who have made them mad while driving. According to AAA, nearly 80% of Americans admit that they have driven aggressively within the past year. These aggressive driving behaviors were involved in 56% of deadly car accidents, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is important to know how to spot the signs of an aggressive driving, so you can minimize your chances of becoming involving in a deadly car accident.

Why is tailgating dangerous?

There are many actions you may take when driving that could put yourself and others at risk in Texas. Some habits you may have could be very dangerous. One of those is following too closely to the vehicle in front of you on the roadway, which you may know better as tailgating. Tailgating is a very hazardous practice.

Study shows hands-free cellphones a source of distraction

Although it is illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving in many states across the nation, Texas has yet to pass legislation prohibiting this act. Yet, the deaths caused by cellphone use and distracted driving cannot be overlooked. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2016. In an attempt to minimize these deadly accidents, some drivers have turned to using hands-free cellphones. Hands-free devices allow drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road while talking on the cellphone. However, studies show that even maintaining a conversation using a hands-free cellphone can cause significant distraction and may lead to a catastrophic car accident.

The dangers associated with eating while driving

If asked, most in The Woodlands would likely say that they are responsible drivers. Many would claim to follow speeding regulations and to practice defensive driving tactics, and to also express a belief that their driving habits help them avoid accidents. Yet thousands of car accidents still occur in Montgomery County each year (9,417 in 2017 alone, according to the Texas Department of Transportation). While many traffic accidents are just that, oftentimes there are distinct reasons behind them. A common one may be something that those mentioned earlier as classifying themselves as responsible drivers do every day. 

How can I improve my driving skills?

Driving in Texas can involve a lot of different situations and environments, from highway driving to traveling on residential roads. As a result, it’s important for all motorists to do their part to preserve safety on the road, which can benefit themselves and others. If you’d like to boost your driving skills, Business Insider offers the following tips.

How can I keep my teen from driving while distracted?

Distracted driving poses a real risk to younger drivers. While bad driving habits are dangerous for all who share the road, new drivers lacking experience are particularly at risk of having an accident when their attention strays. That’s why parents must talk to their kids about preventing distracted driving, as explained by Geico.

Plan ahead this holiday season

For many people in Texas, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years comes with merriment and time with family and friends. It is also fueled with an excess of alcohol, whether it is a big office party, a neighborhood get-together or an intimate gathering of friends. Some who normally do not drink excessively may find themselves imbibing more than normal, and if they get behind the wheel it can have disastrous results for them and for others on the road. The key to prevent DUI arrests and serious accidents is to make a plan before going out.

How can I drive safely on the highway?

Many motorists in Texas will travel great distances this holiday season. That can mean a lot of highway driving, which can pose a risk to motorists if they don’t take the proper precautions. The following tips from Nationwide are crucial in this case so that you and your family make it to your destination safe and sound.

Describing the duty to render aid in Texas

Should one randomly question a sampling of drivers regarding what they should do after being in a car accident in The Woodlands, most would likely state that they are obligated to remain at the scene. Yet while most believe this to be due to a need to share one's insurance and vehicle information with both authorities and other accident victims, one of the primary reasons behind requiring motorists involved in an accident to remain at the scene is to provide aid.