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Experts suggest maximum BAC should be .05, not .08

A recent post on this blog talked about how motorists in the Houston area do not need to blow over .08 in order to be too intoxicated to drive a vehicle safely. Alcohol always affects the person who is drinking it, and the exact nature of those effects depend heavily on the person and a number of other factors.

In fact, a recent report, which the United States government commissioned, suggested that other states should consider lowering the legal BAC limit from .08 down to .05. To date, only one western state has done so, but that law will not take effect until the end of 2018.

Accident flips semi over area overpass, onto passing car

A car crash in the Houston area ended with a tractor-trailer flipping over the railing of an overpass and on to a small car that was passing below. While the driver of the passenger vehicle was thankfully pulled from her vehicle by a passerby, she still went to the hospital. The extent of her injuries is not known. The truck driver also got taken the hospital.

Interestingly, the truck driver might not be at fault for this accident. According to authorities, the driver of an SUV, who may have been a reckless driver, was weaving in and out of traffic even though it was raining at the time of the accident. The SUV hit the semi, which caused the semi to lose control and hit another vehicle. The semi then flipped over the overpass rail and smashed the car passing immediately below.

A driver can be affected by a BAC below .08

Most Houston residents probably know that they can face criminal charges if they are caught driving while they have a blood alcohol content of over .08. Not surprisingly, if motorists who are over the legal limit cause an accident, they can also be held financially accountable to pay compensation to those whom they injured.

However, not all drunk driving accidents involve a motorist who was over the limit, and in many cases, a driver may not wind up getting charged with a crime following an accident, even if there was no question they had been drinking. The evidence the police and Texas prosecutors need to obtain a criminal conviction may well be weak or non-existence.

After a catastrophic injury, we are there for our clients

After a Houston, Texas, resident suffers from a brain, spine, or other serious injury, they and their families are going to have a lot on their plates.

In addition to getting through medical treatments and dealing with the emotional fallout of such a life-changing event, they are going to need financial help and other assistance with bills, dealing with lost wages, filing the necessary insurance claims and other issues.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries

No Houston resident wants to ever experience a spinal cord injury or see one of their loved ones fall victim to one. The result of such an injury, which is usually paralysis to some degree, almost always requires a person to undergo extensive long-term care and rehabilitation.

Moreover, the victim's life is changed forever. Even if he or she can eventually perform some basic functions or even return to work eventually, which is certainly not a given, the victim will simply not be able to do the things he or she once enjoyed.

A different kind of distracted driving: rubbernecking

We all know that distracted driving is a dangerous phenomenon that causes a significant number of accidents on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year in accidents involving distracted driving.

When we think of distracted driving, we imagine people talking, texting and using social media on their smartphones. While smartphones are a huge problem, it is by no means the only form of distracted driving. Distracted driving is anything that occupies a driver’s hands, eyes or mind. One such distraction is rubbernecking, or slowing down or stopping to look at emergencies.

Could this new in-vehicle app increase distracted driving?

Distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic offense in recent years, as increased cell phone use while driving has caused a surge in driving accidents. In fact, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a general decline in incidents of drunk driving, compared to a 650% increase in distracted driving accidents over a seven-year period.

Earlier this year, Texas introduced a new law that bans certain types of activity on any wireless communication device while driving. Most people understand this law to ban texting while driving, but it also prohibits reading, writing or sending any type of electronic message while driving.

When you are in an accident all by yourself

You know what to do when someone crashes into you and outs you in the hospital. You sue that person’s insurance company for compensation.

But what do you do when you are hurt in a crash, and there isn’t another vehicle involved?

Texting while driving: Is it worse than driving high?

Several states now permit recreational marijuana use, and several more allow medical marijuana. That has led to the question of driving under the influence. Many users claim that marijuana does not impair driving. While there is no safe level of intoxication before getting behind the wheel, a new study shows that the public still perceives driving while high as less dangerous than other behaviors behind the wheel.  

According to a new poll, the public views distracted driving as more dangerous than driving while high.  Meanwhile, the number of motor vehicle accidents is on the rise.  Whether this trend can be attributed to the legalization of marijuana or more drivers texting behind the wheel is up for debate.

Texas motorcycle accident fatalities in 2016

Motorcycles are very popular in Texas. This may be because of the state's large area, and many miles of open, flat roadways, the relatively mild climate, or perhaps even the tradition of Texans being independent thinkers. Whatever the reason, many Houston residents, like those throughout the state, enjoy hopping on a motorized, two-wheel vehicle and hitting the road. These individuals do need to be aware, however, that there is an inherent risk every time they go for a ride.

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