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Recent Austin Car Accidents


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Recent Austin Car Accidents

There have been a number of vehicle collisions in Austin recently that have left victims with varying degrees of injuries. According to reports, two pedestrians were allegedly struck by a 21 year old driver who left the scene and was later apprehended. An elderly gentleman was killed and his younger walking companion was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

 

Last week a student of a nearby university was exiting a metro bus when it appears that he lost his balance and fell under the wheels of the bus as it was pulling away. His horrified companion could not do much more than scream out for the driver to call for emergency services.

Driving, walking or taking the bus – be aware of your surroundings and be cautious.

 

Pedestrians must be cautious and assume that the driver of the vehicle approaching may not see them even if they have a crosswalk go signal.  Distracted driving has taken on a whole new meaning with the explosion of smart phones, texting and e-mail.  Even a cautious driver can be distracted when hearing a “ping” of a new text message.

 

Study after study have shown very conclusively that texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunken-driving.  One such study indicates that someone who is texting while driving is twenty-one times more likely to be involved in a car accident.  If this happens at highway speeds it can be fatal in a matter of seconds.

 

Do not talk on the phone when you are driving, and if you must talk on the phone while driving use a hands-free device.  Never text or e-mail while driving and turn your cell phone to silent while driving to avoid the temptation.

 

Remember–the life you save may be your own.

 

Greg Baumgartner is a personal injury attorney in Austin and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with a car accident lawyer call the Baumgartner Law Firm.

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