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Pedestrian accidents often caused by driver error

The holiday season has arrived, and Texas drivers may have noticed the increased amount of traffic that usually accompanies it. People are out and about shopping, visiting friends and family, or making their way to a vacation destination. Extra cars on the road naturally increases the risk of a crash, but drivers also need to be aware of people on foot because pedestrian accidents are often deadly.

Recently, a driver's vehicle became disabled. The man had been driving on a busy highway. If a driver sees a car broken down, the proper thing to do is maneuver into the next lane in case the driver of the disabled vehicle has exited the vehicle to inspect the malfunction. 

Fatal car accidents may increase during holidays

Texas residents are gearing up for the holiday season, and one thing drivers should expect is heavier traffic. This time of year, many people travel to visit friends or family, or make a last minute dash to the store to pick up a forgotten item. Retail stores are busier than ever, and combined with regular local traffic, there may be an increased risk of serious car accidents

Recently, heavy traffic combined with a driver error caused a fatal accident. A Texas driver rear-ended a car. The collision caused the first vehicle to careen into the next lane over, where it was then struck by a big truck. Though a total of three vehicles were involved, the smaller passenger car, carrying two people, seems to have sustained the most damage. 

One horse causes five car accidents

Texas has a fabled history dotted with images of cowboys and horses. The horse helped settlers shape the great state, and even today, the horse remains a beloved part of the culture in the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, caring for horses is a painstaking task, and if a horse owner is careless, people may be in danger. Recently, an escaped horse was the cause of five serious car accidents

On November 4, 2018, drivers on a rural Texas highway had no idea they were headed towards a serious crash. A horse had escaped and was dangerously loose in the middle of the roadway. Though investigators believed the horse had been killed after one or two vehicles struck it, the body of the animal caused several more crashes. 

Increase in car accidents prompts state to review speed limits

Obeying the speed limit is usually a good way to stay safe while on the road. Unfortunately, the number of fatal accidents in Texas continues to grow at an alarming rate. Investigations into many of these car accidents has officials wondering if the posted speeds may be too fast for conditions. 

Texas authorities are now planning to have the posted speed limits on some roads reassessed. Experts state that when the roads were built and the speed limits were established, there was not as much traffic as there is today. Small details like a rain storm causing the road to become wet, or everyday traffic congestion seem to be leading to a large number of fatal accidents. 

Your role in reducing the rate of motorcycle-involved collisions

Motorcycle accidents result in some of the most catastrophic and life-altering injuries on the roads today. While these smaller, more exposed vehicles do come with their own increased level of danger, the reality is that it is often the failures of other drivers that result in motorcycle collisions in Texas.

As you drive from point A to point B, consider the safety of your fellow travelers who are trying to do the same. No matter the vehicle you choose to drive or ride, consider some important safety tips to reduce the likelihood of disastrous motorcycle-involved accidents.

Fatal car accidents can result in criminal charges

Texas drivers may agree that one of their worst fears is being involved in a crash. While many car accidents are unfortunate, there are only minor damages and injuries. Sadly, some car accidents result in serious injury or fatality, and sometimes, a driver involved is found to be at fault and may be charged with a crime. 

Recently, a Texas driver was charged with homicide after an investigation into an accident that occurred several months ago. The man was driving a large tractor trailer and rear-ended a small sedan. He claimed that the driver of the sedan had stopped abruptly and he could not avoid a collision, but authorities determined he had been following too closely. 

What happens after you're hit by a car in Texas?

You are putting yourself at some level of risk each time you leave your home as a pedestrian. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2016 alone nearly 700 pedestrians died as a result of being hit by cars. That's a more than a 20 percent spike from the previous year.

There is a reportable crash less than every minute in Texas, and while no one plans to be hit by a car, it's important to know what to expect when the unexpected occurs.

Truck accidents have potential for high casualty numbers

Texas drivers are likely no strangers to driving in close proximity to large trucks. One of the largest states in the nation, highways criss-cross the Lone Star State as part of a nationwide network of shipping routes. Though truck drivers are trained to do their best to avoid crashes, truck accidents often lead to a higher number of serious injury or death, due to the large size of the vehicles involved. 

Recently, a large truck became ensnared in an accident that included a total of eight vehicles. Though the initial cause of the pileup is still under investigation, but investigators expect a final report to take days to assemble. One of the small cars involved in the crash was carrying a Texas woman and her three young children. 

Truck accidents prone to high casualty rates

Texas drivers may have experienced a scare, or worse, a crash, when driving in close proximity to a much larger vehicle like a semitrailer. The larger the vehicle, the higher the risk of serious injury or death. Truck accidents often cause more damage than crashes involving smaller vehicles. 

Recently, serious damage and injuries occurred when a train hit a semitrailer. The crash occurred close to Arlington, and local Texas police responded to the scene. A social media post by the police indicated that the truck exploded on impact, and two people inside the cab were killed. Details are not yet known regarding why the truck was so close to the train. 

Police say pedestrian accident caused by intoxicated woman

Drivers must keep an eye out for people on foot as they make their way along the road. Children playing, people walking or perhaps a person waiting by a disabled vehicle can often be close to passing traffic. Recently, a Texas woman, who was apparently intoxicated at the time, caused a pedestrian accident that killed one and injured another. 

Reports state that the woman was driving along Texas 105 when she hit pedestrians that were walking alongside their bikes. It is unclear if the driver did not see the people on foot, or if she lost control of the vehicle for other reasons. One victim, a man, was killed. Another female victim suffered serious injuries. Upon initial investigation, it was determined that the driver responsible was intoxicated. 

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