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Graduated Driver Licensing Could Save 2000 Lives Each Year

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 19, 2012

Recently, the Allstate Foundation License to Save Report revealed that Graduated Driver Licensing laws could be the solution to car accidents caused by teenage drivers. According to the report’s findings, if all 50 states adopted GDL laws, 2000 lives and $13.6 billion could be saved per year. GDL laws would vary from state to state, but most would include some version of the following:

  • Nighttime restrictions such as a teenage driver curfew or passenger limit
  • Bans on cell phone use
  • Minimum age limit of 18 before full licensure

Many states have already adopted forms of GDL laws, and some have seen as much as a 40% decrease in deaths from teen drivers’ car accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, owing mostly to inexperience and distractions.

If you have been in a car accident, we can help you with the representation you deserve. Contact W. T. Johnson today.

Tougher Teen Driving Laws

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 9, 2012

It is a rite of passage for many, an acceptance ticket into adulthood. Receiving your driver’s license is a very big deal, no question about it. However, the debate continues; how safe are these new drivers on the road?

Some argue that once a driver’s license is awarded, that person is considered a capable and competent driver. Others feel that simply completing the test isn’t enough. Most people, however, fall somewhere in the middle. They feel that while teenagers are old enough to know what safe and appropriate driving is, they are also easily persuaded to ignore what they know is best. After all, they are just kids.

Like anything else in life, driving just takes some getting used to. The problem is that unlike learning how to play a game or ride a bike, car accidents can carry some very dangerous consequences.

To combat this, many states have enforced “Graduated Driver Licensing” programs, limiting when, where, and with whom a new driver can use his/her vehicle. For example, some states restrict the time when a new driver can drive, issuing a midnight curfew. Other states have restrictions on the number of passengers that can be in the car while a new driver is behind the wheel.

In support of these graduated licensing rules, a report was released recently suggesting that not only do these restrictions save lives, but money as well. The report, which gathered data from various traffic safety groups, estimated that with nation-wide acceptance, these driving rules might save over 2,000 lives and billions of dollars each year.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Please leave a comment below, including your feelings on this subject; we’d love to hear what you have to say.

Pedestrian Injuries Increase in 2010

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 3, 2012

The recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brought good news to many; road deaths in general fell significantly as motor vehicle crashes became less frequent. However, even in light of recent data, one form of transportation is still becoming more and more dangerous: walking.

The report showed that pedestrian injuries from car crashes has jumped 4.2% since 2009 with a total of about 70,000 pedestrian deaths in 2010 alone. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not identified a specific cause for the increase in pedestrian deaths, some are guessing that poor road conditions coupled with an increase in pedestrian transportation could be the cause.

Dallas is a very walkable city, and many individuals choose alternative methods of transportation over driving. Regardless if you’re walking, biking, or driving, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings. Only cross streets in cross-walks, and if you’re walking at night, be sure to wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you. If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, contact W. T. Johnson today.

Safe Driving During the Holidays

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 23, 2011

Though the holiday season brings the joys of family, celebration and traditions, it also comes with a few downsides. For many the holidays mean extra traveling which can unfortunately result in risky driving conditions. If you travel during the holidays, here are some important safety tips:

  • Always follow the speed limit. The temptation to go a little faster is particularly strong if you’re late for a party or at the end of a road trip but remember to obey traffic laws at all times. The few minutes you save aren’t worth a ticket or a wreck.
  • Account for extra drivers on the road and factor it into your arrival time.
  • Be careful about following too close. Make sure you leave enough space between vehicles so that you don’t get into an accident because you didn’t have enough time to react.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Always bring a designated driver to holiday parties and meals if you’re going to be drinking. If you don’t have a designated driver, take a cab or use safe ride services.
  • Always buckle up, and make sure your passengers are wearing their seat belts. Wearing a seat belt is the best way to protect yourself in an accident.

UT Professor Publishes Groundbreaking Research on Intersections

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 20, 2011

This month, a University of Texas engineering professor and some of his student researchers will travel to Washington D.C. to present their report on traffic hazards to the National Transportation Research Board Meeting. Their research could significantly affect public policy regarding transportation safety.

About 40% of vehicle accidents occur in an intersection, so much of the report is dedicated to identifying the factors that make an intersection more dangerous. The researchers found that intersections with blinking lights cause three times as many wrecks as those with traditional stop lights. Drivers exiting a highway are also much more likely to get in a wreck, particularly when they have to stop at an intersection soon after they exit.

The report was compiled based on analysis of almost 4000 wrecks. The researchers claim that focusing on safer intersections will help to reduce the risk of wrecks in the area around intersections. The report is expected to spur further research regarding unsafe intersections.

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