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Are Accidents Occurring More Frequently in Houston?

Auto Accident LiabilityHow often are automobile accidents occurring in Houston, and is the accident rate on the rise?

Soon, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) will release its annual mobility report, a yearly report card that tracks progress toward our area’s stated transportation goals. As we await the data for 2017, let’s take a look back on last year’s mobility report.

According to the 2016 Mobility Report, both the vehicle crash rate and the overall number of vehicle crashes went up from the previous year. While the report did contain some good news, such as a substantial increase in public transit ridership and improved pavement and bridge condition, the bad news relating to safety showed a need for greater focus on this area. Car accidents, bicycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, accident-related fatalities, serious injuries and costs related to crashes all increased from 2015.

This trend mirrors that of the nation at the time. Crash-related deaths have been on the rise across the United States in recent years, especially among pedestrians and bicyclists. This could be due to a push for more people to embrace alternate forms of transportation such as walking and cycling.

Statistics Regarding Mobility in Houston in 2016

If you have been involved in an accident in the Houston-Galveston area, whether it involved a car, motorcycle, bicycle, bus or pedestrian, our law firm is prepared to help fight for your recovery. Call today for a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced accident lawyers.

High-Tech Ideas to Help ‘Winterize’ Your Vehicle

Auto Accident LiabilityWith the approach of the cold-weather months, most drivers know the essential items to keep in their cars or trucks for an emergency. Of course where you live or travel will dictate the precise necessities to include in your kit, but jumper cables, flares, a flashlight, blankets, a basic first-aid kit, and food and water often come to mind. In our higher-tech times, you may not have thought of these convenient and easy items to help out when you get stranded on the road or you are involved in an accident. Here, a few items insurance experts recommend for every driver taking to the roads:

Portable jump-starters

While jumper cables can be heavy, unwieldy, difficult to use, and require another vehicle to help jump your car, portable jump-starter packs eliminate these constraints. Lighter and much smaller than traditional jumper cables (approximately the size of four DVD cases stacked together), the portable kits easily fit into a trunk or even an inside console. Best of all, portable starters are powered by a lithium battery, so they not only jump your car without another vehicle, they can also be used to charge your smartphone. However, one caveat for owners of these devices: The battery has to be recharged periodically to make sure it is ready when needed, so be sure to read and follow all operating instructions.

Survival kits and apps

When you’re stranded during extreme weather conditions, it’s good to know how long you can run your engine on the remaining fuel. Kits such as the Winter Survival Kit app calculate how long you can keep your engine running with the remaining fuel in your tank. It also reminds you to turn off the engine every 30 minutes and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Car insurance apps

Today’s insurance companies have smartphone apps to assist policy holders, but many people don’t know they exist or what their benefits offer. While every app is different, installing your insurance app on your smartphone in advance of an emergency can save valuable time in a crisis. Many apps allow policy holders to call your insurance agent directly, collect and exchange insurance information in an accident, and begin a claim. Most insurance policies provide roadside assistance to help in nonemergency situations as well, such as locking keys in the car, fixing a flat tire or a jumping a dead battery. Check with your provider for details about your exact coverage.

Vehicle repair apps

Whether you’re experiencing an actual auto emergency or just a roadside breakdown or small problem—and sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference— smartphone apps like RepairPal can tell you how much to expect to pay for a car repair as well as where to find the nearest mechanic. In addition, the mapping application on your smartphone allows you to easily pinpoint your location so you can direct helpers or notify your family and friends via text message.

Credit card, bank apps, other resources

It’s worth noting that many people have overlapping benefits when it comes to roadside assistance and emergency help, but few people take advantage of the services they already pay for in the form of premiums or annual fees. Most credit cards and major banks offer roadside assistance and a litany of helpful resources if you get stranded away from your home or office. Trade, service and fraternal organizations may also offer benefits at no extra charge. Checking with such organizations and downloading apps or phone numbers to your smartphone can make it easier to keep these services organized and at the ready.

These tips and tools can help drivers avoid further danger or deal more efficiently in a challenging roadside situation. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car or truck accident and have questions about your rights or how to proceed, the experienced lawyers at Stevenson & Murray can help. Call today for a no-obligation consultation.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

truck accidentTruck accidents are devastating and often lead to serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, you will no doubt be asking yourself why it happened. It’s the same question that anyone would have after such a trauma.

Unfortunately, the truth about these terrible accidents is that most of them are entirely preventable. During the last 20 years, the rate of truck crashes has increased by more than 20 percent, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. More than 5,000 people are killed each year in car accidents with trucks, and another 130,000 are injured.

Four Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Understanding what leads to most truck accidents may help prevent some of these tragedies. Listed below are four of the most common causes of accidents involving large trucks:

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The truck accident lawyers with Stevenson & Murray can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Time Change Can Bring Increased Safety Risks

In case you missed it, it’s time to return to standard time this weekend by turning our clocks back an hour, officially at 2 a.m. Sunday. The end of daylight saving time has many Americans rejoicing; after all, who doesn’t want an extra hour of sleep or at least the chance to recoup that lost hour from last March when most of the country set clocks ahead one hour?

But despite the additional hour we gain from “falling back” or at least the perception of a more rested population, the time change actually coincides with a statistical increase in safety incidents. Some studies indicate car and truck accidents increase by as much as 5% to 10% during the week following a time change, with emergency rooms also reporting traffic spikes.

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What Should I Do If My Car Stalls on the Highway?

Auto Accident LiabilityRecently, KTRK-TV reported on a deadly 18-wheeler crash involving a pickup truck stalled on the highway. Reportedly, prior to the collision, a Ford pickup truck was stalled in the middle lane of the Eastex Freeway. Around 1 a.m., an 18-wheeler slammed into the pickup as it was traveling along the freeway. The driver of the Ford died in the crash. At press time authorities had yet to determine why the vehicle had stalled in the middle of the highway. This incident highlights the importance of drivers knowing what to do if their car stalls on the highway.

What to Do If Your Car Stalls on the Highway

Knowing what to do if your car or truck stalls while you are driving on a highway is crucial knowledge that can help you avoid suffering a catastrophic injury or losing your life in a car wreck or truck accident. Here are a few steps you should take if your vehicle stalls on a freeway:

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