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Adopting New Safety Tech for Commercial Trucks in Texas

Car safety features have become more advanced and more common over the past decade. Many features are now standard and more affordable, such as forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking. More importantly, research has shown that these features are reducing crashes in passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, commercial trucks are another story. Why the trucking industry...

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A Quarter of Texas Big Rigs Cited for Safety Concerns

Commercial trucks are a common sight on our nation’s roads. They make up 12.8 percent of all registered vehicles and transport billions of dollars worth of goods across the country. In 2016, there were a total of 3.68 million heavy-duty trucks in operation. With that many trucks on the road, motorists should trust that the...

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Texas Ranks At the Bottom in Road Safety

Rankings from WalletHub show that Texas ranks among the least safe states for road safety. Using a variety of measurements, they ranked states based on overall safety and on various subcategories. Texas ranks 47th in overall safety and 43rd in road safety. Both rankings are concerning, but the poor road safety creates a daily risk...

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Texas in the Top 10 for Hit-and-Run Fatalities

There’s a troubling trend on our nation’s roads: the number of hit-and-run fatalities has risen since 2006 by a considerable amount. The American Automobile Association (AAA) conducted the research that uncovered the rising trend after analyzing traffic data from 2006 through 2016. In the state of Texas, there was a 30 percent rise just from...

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Better Truck Safety Standards Could Have Prevented Deaths

A crash in June 2016 that resulted in six fatalities and five injuries may have been lessened or prevented entirely if enhanced safety standards were implemented and a crash mitigation system had been installed. Both vehicles, a tractor trailer and an SUV, were traveling under conditions that contributed to the crash. The National Transportation Safety...

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Essential Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers have a vital role in fueling the country's economy by transporting goods and materials from point A to point B. The immense size of their vehicles is designed to carry as much product as possible, but this immense size creates a lot of limitations for the vehicle and requires great skill by the...

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Drowsy Driving A Major Threat In Texas

There are many factors that can cause or influence a car accident. Due in part to a lack of accurate testing available after an accident has occurred, one of the hardest factors to accurately track is drowsiness. However, AAA was able to collect facial data in the three minutes prior to recorded accidents. AAA was able to...

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Truck Reverse Regulation in Texas Can Save Lives

There is a great amount of activity happening on and near work sites. Many of these come with dangers that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates, but one glaring omission is work trucks traveling in reverse. While there is one federal regulation in place, Jay Withrow tells Safety and Health Magazine that the...

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Disability Hearing Wait Times Hurting Texans

Overall, wait times for Social Security Disability hearings have grown beyond reasonable limits. This isn't the fault of applicants or the staff who take those hearings. The number of applications received per year is on the decline, and judges who work hearings are handling as many cases as they can. However, this is little comfort...

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Preventing Pedestrian Accidents in Parking Areas

Parking lot and parking garage accidents can be far more complex than crashes that occur on standard roadways, especially for pedestrians. Pedestrians must always be extra vigilant of speeders, vehicles backing up, distracted drivers and hazardous weather conditions. Despite the low speeds typically traveled in parking areas, accidents involving pedestrians can be catastrophic and even...

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