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Should eating while driving be illegal?

Most Austin drivers have done it at some point, drinking a cup of coffee on the drive into work or eating a sandwich during a long road trip. So many drivers do it, 70 percent according to an Exxon Mobile study, that eating behind the wheel may seem like a normal part of driving, but should it?

While convenient, eating or drinking while driving distracts the driver, takes their eyes from the road and keeps their hands off the wheel. Many researchers equate the ill effects of eating while driving to texting while driving.

When are you most likely to get hit by a drunk driver?

It is a sad reality that you and your loved ones could encounter a range of different dangerous drivers out on the roads here in the Austin area. This includes drunk drivers. Drunk driving is behind a large number of accidents in Texas. For example, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 24,563 reported alcohol-related crashes in the state in 2016.

You could encounter a drunk driver out on the roads at any time. However, there are certain times of the week and times of the day where the chances of drunk driving crashes are generally much higher. Statistics on alcohol-related crashes in Texas in 2016 give insights on when these times are.

The person who hit me was texting. How can I prove it?

Makers of a new device claim that they can prove if someone was texting while driving. When connected to a phone the device known as a textalyzer can unlock key data such as the exact time a text was sent, a phone call was placed or an app was opened.

But even if it works as its makers claim, the device may still pose a few legal issues. Is the device an invasion of privacy? Would the data derived be admissible in court?

When science tackles drunk driving

It has been said that nothing good happens after 2 a.m. That was certainly true for a man who was driving recently at 3:49 a.m. Of course, nothing good ever happens when you’re driving drunk and turn onto railroad tracks. And it definitely wasn’t good for his car which was struck by a freight train. Fortunately, the man was able to get out of his car before it was hit.

In Texas, as well as the rest of the country, it is illegal to drive if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. For most of us, that means that a woman can reach the .08 threshold after three glasses of Chardonnay. For men up to around 160 pounds, it would take roughly four drinks, and it could be closer to five drinks for those men near 180 pounds.

All it takes is one truck driver nodding off

Just this week, a semi-truck had been driving south on Interstate 35 near San Marcos when it crossed the median and traveled down the embankment. The truck crashed into the concrete supports of the Blanco River bridge. Fortunately, no one was killed in the crash.

However, a victim of a similar incident was not so lucky. In May of 2017, a commercial 18-wheeler struck the back of a teenager’s car on Interstate 35 near Round Rock, Texas. The driver told police he had fallen asleep. The victim now rides in a wheelchair.

Understanding Austin's distracted driving policies

You're driving on a quiet residential street in Austin, but you need to double-check that you are on the right route. You know that you shouldn't check your phone while you drive... but you only need to look at a map for a second or two. Do you pull out your phone?

Using a handheld electronic device like a smartphone or a tablet is not only dangerous but illegal. In 2015, the city of Austin adopted an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using handheld devices for any reason while driving. This includes texting, dialing a phone number, taking a selfie or using a navigation system. If law enforcement officers catch you doing any of these things behind the wheel, you could have some serious consequences on your plate. How serious? Let's go over the Austin's laws regarding distracted driving.

How to prevent your teen from driving while distracted

As their 16th birthday draws nearer, your teen is excitedly waiting for the day they can get their driver's license. As a parent, you are excited for your child to reach this milestone and are probably looking forward to no longer being the family taxi shuttle. However, you may still be worried about your teen's safety behind the wheel when you are no longer there to provide guidance.

Driving is a complex skill that takes time to get good at. Initially, driving involves extreme concentration and focus, but as driving begins to feel more like second nature, drivers devote less attention to driving. A teenager's lack of driving experience coupled with increased risk-taking behavior raises their chance of getting into an accident.

Distracted driving may be more dangerous than drunk driving

The National Highway & Transportation Administration has said that distracted driving may be an even bigger cause of deaths and serious injuries than alcohol.

In 2015, 3,477 people lost their lives because of distractions. Another 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Five Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

The average Saturday night can turn into a nightmare if you are not careful with your alcohol intake. When a person chooses to drive after consuming large amounts of alcohol they are putting others at risk. With the influx of alternative transportation applications, you may have thought that drunk driving should not present a problem any longer; however, this is not the case. In fact, not too long ago a suspected drunk driver collided with another car with a baby in the back seat. According to Austin police, the man had bloodshot eyes and was disoriented. Most people know that drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher are consider impaired by law. However, some people choose to ignore this fact and remain on the road. The following is a list of drunk driving facts that are not as commonly known:

Drunk driving crashes demand swift action

Drunk driving is one of the horrors of the roads that can be controlled. People who are drinking have almost certainly seen the terrible accidents that have been caused in the past by drunk drivers. These people almost certainly know that drinking and driving is illegal. All of that doesn't mean much to someone who has been injured in a drunk driving accident or those who have lost a loved one in one of these accidents. The victims of a drunk driving crash might choose to make the driver pay for his or her choice to get on the road after drinking. Whether you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit for the untimely death for your loved one or a personal injury claim for an injury you suffered, we are here to help you learn how you can file your claim. When it comes down to it, the cause of an accident does have an impact on many of these lawsuits. In the case of a drunk driving accident, the fact that the driver was intoxicated can almost always show that the driver was negligent or reckless. We can use that information as part of your case. A civil case against a drunk driver can be launched even if the driver is facing criminal charges. This case could help you to recoup the damages that you suffered because of the accident. It could help you to pay medical bills or get back what money you lost if you were unable to work. We can help you learn how to get the ball rolling.

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