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Police are investigating a tragic crash involving a wrong-way driver, which resulted in the death of two people. Police are investigating whether or not drugs or alcohol could have played a role in the accident.
Before the accident, police received multiple 911 calls about a wrong-way driver. Police believe he entered Highway 114 at MacArthur and drove the wrong way for 5 or 6 miles before the accident occurred. The driver finally hit a vehicle head-on. The drivers of both vehicles were killed.
A spokesperson with TxDOT said they are launching new initiatives to try to reduce wrong-way driving. Those initiatives include raised pavement markers on ramps, and arrows that will turn red if a driver enters the wrong way. The contract for the new pavement markers is expected to be awarded late this summer.
Head-on collisions such as this one can be more dangerous than any other type of automobile accident because of the extreme amount of energy involved when two vehicles make an impact. It’s common for accidents involving vehicles driving the wrong way to end up with one or more fatalities. Many accidents with drivers who were driving the wrong way involve drugs or alcohol, distracted drivers, roads that were not properly marked, or unfamiliarity with the roads.
Across the country measures are being taken to prevent wrong-way driving. Hopefully, more cities will choose to use these types of devices in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from wrong-way driving. If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who was going the wrong way, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call today to learn more.

Distracted DrivingYou’ve probably seen a video of people so focused on reading text messages they smack into a door or stumble over a curb. A lot of people may get a chuckle when they see one of these, but distracted driving is no laughing matter. More and more people can’t seem to go 30 seconds – much less 30 minutes – without having to check their phones to see who’s trying to text them. However, when they get behind the wheel and look at their smartphones, the consequences can be catastrophic. The Dallas lawyers with The Barber Law Firm want to share some numbers with you that may make you think twice before checking your phone when you’re at the helm of 3,000 pounds of moving steel.

Staggering Distracted Driving Statistics

The problem of distracted driving has gotten so out of control, the U.S. Government has dedicated a website to educating the public of its dangers. Here are just a few of the sobering statistics you can find on the site:

  • Distracted driving-related vehicle accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012. Tweet This!
  • More than 400,000 people were injured last year in vehicle accidents involving a driver who was distracted, an increase of 9 percent over 2011. Tweet This!
  • According to CTIA-The Wireless Association, more than 170 billion text messages were being sent each month in the U.S. and its territories as of December of 2012. Tweet This!
  • Among drivers under 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes, 11 percent were distracted at the time of the accident. Tweet This!
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 21 percent of distracted drivers age 15-19 involved in fatal accidents were distracted by a cell phone. Tweet This!
  • According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, conducted by the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an estimated 660,000 drivers either use cell phones or manipulate other types of electronic devices while they are driving. This number has remained steady since 2010. Tweet This!

Don’t Be A Victim

You don’t need to be one of the more than 1,000 people hurt – and nearly nine people killed – each day due to distracted driving. Texting and similar activities take your attention off the road for longer periods than other distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although stiffer laws are being created to penalize those who pose dangers to others by texting and talking on their phones while behind the wheel, it’s still up to each and every one of us to keep our focus on the road. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to distracted driving, contact The Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to speak with one of our attorneys and find out how we may be able to help. If you have taken steps to reduce the chances of being injured due to a distracted driving accident, share your tips by clicking one of the social media icons on the right side of this page.

Distracted Driving AccidentThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2009, more than 5,000 people died and more than 440,000 were injured in vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving. At The Barber Law Firm, we are committed to helping end distracted driving. We want to share information on the things you can do to help eliminate this problem once and for all.

Tips to Reduce Distractions Behind the Wheel

There are several things that you can do to help end distracted driving. They are extremely easy steps to follow and can determine whether or not you arrive at your destination safely.

  • Don’t drive while receiving or sending text messages.
  • If you have to listen to voice mail or check for texts, pull over first.
  • If you’re a passenger in a vehicle, help make sure the driver isn’t distracted.
  • Have your passenger make a call or check your texts for you.
  • Let your friends and family members know when you are about to get on the road so that they will not try to call or text you.
  • Don’t change your CDs, check social media sites or look at your IPad until you have pulled over.

Commit Yourself to the Cause

Car accident statistics are staggering. Don’t add to them. Do your part to end distracted driving by following safe practices on the road, whether you’re driving or you are a passenger in a vehicle. The more you and others can do to keep your focus on the road, the safer everyone will be in the long run. If you are interested in learning more, contact The Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550.

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