Many drivers in Texas and around the country are so focused on their smartphones that they refuse to put the devices down even when they see a police car according to the results of a study released by an auto insurance company. Root Insurance, which offers its customers a 10 percent discount if they agree not to use their phones while behind the wheel, commissioned a Virginia-based market research company to conduct the distracted driving survey.
Many hospitalized patients in Texas and across the U.S. die from diagnostic errors. In fact, the National Academy of Medicine stated in 2015 that these errors may be the third leading cause of death among such patients. Now, two separate reports have found that diagnosis-related allegations are behind most malpractice claims whether the patients are inpatient or outpatient.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are roughly 100,000 annual reported crashes that involve tired drivers. Furthermore, the National Safety Council says that 13 percent of all deadly truck accidents are caused by fatigue. Distracted driving also causes an increased risk of being involved in a serious accident. However, there are steps that can be taken to help drivers in Texas and elsewhere stay safe on the road.
Distracted driving can be a major threat to others on Texas roadways, including other drivers, pedestrians, passengers and cyclists. Every year, thousands of people lose their lives in traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people lost their lives and 391,000 more were injured across the country due to people driving while distracted. In Canada, Allstate estimates that 80 percent of collisions involve some form of distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver's attention from the road ahead.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting roadside inspections throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. during Brake Safety Week. This yearly event has been scheduled for Sept. 16-22 and will cover all commercial motor vehicles, including big rigs, buses and work vans. Drivers will want to ensure that their brake systems are properly installed and routinely maintained; that way, they keep themselves and others safe.
Drivers in Texas know how dangerous it can be to share the road with commercial trucks and buses. Unfortunately, large truck accidents appear to be on the rise. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a report showing a 3 percent increase in fatal truck crashes from 2015 to 2016. This is the administration's most detailed analysis yet of crash data.