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How drivers can protect pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk people on the roads. Unlike motorists, they have no real protection against the impact of cars or trucks. Pedestrians can be killed in a single accident, whereas motor vehicles involved in crashes with pedestrians may suffer no ill effects.

For people who are going to be walking on or near the roads, there's never been a better time to get educated on safety. For drivers, knowing what to expect when pedestrians are near could prevent serious collisions.

What are the dangers of driving at night?

Do you often find yourself on the road during the nighttime hours in Texas? Do you have concerns about your safety after the sun goes down? Do you know which steps you can take to improve your safety when driving at night?

There is no denying the fact that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident at any time of the day, even if it's bright out. However, there are additional dangers to take into consideration at night. Here they are:

A fatal mix: Port truckers and overtime hours

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long stretch of loading docks and cargo storage. It is the busiest port in the U.S. for the import and export of foreign tonnage and the second busiest for overall tonnage.

The constant arrival and departure of goods means port truckers work long hours to keep up with the demand. But when drivers work reckless amounts of overtime hours, which are often required to keep up, they expose themselves and other drivers on the road to significant risk.

18-wheelers and their "blind spots"

When you are passing an 18-wheeler on the road, does it ever occur to you that one slip of the hand by the truck driver could be fatal for you?

How would you feel about being near a truck if you knew the driver could not see you? It's not a comforting thought. But it's reality. In this post we will explain trucks' "blind spots."

Learn your rights after a loved one dies in a fatal Texas crash

Losing a loved one is never easy. Even if that loss is the result of a protracted illness that allowed your family time to prepare and seek closure with your family member, it still takes months or years to process the grief that results from the death of someone you love. When that death is abrupt, potentially leaving many things unsaid and undone, it can be even harder to adjust to the loss.

When someone else causes an accident that fatally injures someone you love, it's only natural to experience shock, denial, anger and sorrow. Grieving and trying to plan a memorial service can often overwhelm someone in the first days following such an unexpected loss. It's important to take time to familiarize yourself with Texas laws about wrongful death and learn your options in the wake of a traffic-related loss.

Distracted driving must be prevented at all times

Whether the weather is clear or not, driving in the Houston area is dangerous. When you throw distracted drivers into the equation, the danger shoots up dramatically. This is why it is imperative that all drivers on the road give their full attention to controlling their vehicles instead of worrying about anything else.

Distracted driving can easily be prevented if all drivers put forth a little bit of effort. The easiest way to do this is to simply avoid doing anything that is going to take your mind, eyes or abilities off of the road.

5 common characteristics of drowsy drivers

Want to spot a drowsy driver before he or she hits you? It's hard. Sometimes impossible. But there are specific characteristics you can watch out for.

Drowsy driving is more of a risk than a lot of people realize. It can slow your reaction times, just like drunk driving. It can make it hard to concentrate, just like distracted driving. And yet people who would never drink and drive, or text and drive, will often drive when they're tired.

Pedestrian safety must be a priority for everyone

Walking around in Houston is a great way to get from one point to another. There are some great walking paths and even bike paths that people can enjoy if they don't want to have to drive around in a vehicle. Many neighborhoods, and even downtown, have great walkways, which means that pedestrians have plenty of opportunities to remain safer than the always dangerous roadways.

With so many pedestrians enjoying the lovely weather Houston has to offer all year long, everyone must work together to ensure that people who are walking and bicycling remain safe.

Commuting on a bicycle is risky business

When you get behind the wheel of a car, you know that you could be part of an accident at any time. One mistake by another driver can put you in this position.

The same holds true as a bicyclist. Even though you do your best to share the road and avoid trouble, you don't know if someone else will do something that puts you in a bad spot.

Types of brain injuries that can occur in car crashes

The impact of a car accident can cause serious damage to your vehicle, but it can also lead to devastating injuries. You might not even realize that you suffered an injury when you are still at the scene of the accident because of the shock of the crash and the adrenaline that you are likely dealing with.

One of the injuries that you may not think about is a brain injury. There are a few different brain injuries that could happen during a car crash. Here are a few you should know about:

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