New Year’s Eve 2016 – Be Safe Out There – Don’t Drink and Drive

As you are gearing up for the all the glitz and glimmer of New Year’s Eve, it’s smart to remember safety precautions. Even with all the publicity that surrounds drunk driving, New Year’s Eve is still the second deadliest night of the year due to intoxicated motor vehicle accidents.

Experts expect New Year’s Eve 2016 to be one of the most dangerous in recent History. 2016 has already seen the highest increase in drunk driving deaths in over 50 years. On average, 28 individuals have died per day.  Over 10,000 people lost their lives in 2015 from alcohol impaired driving. That number doesn’t include those individuals that lost their livelihood and are now spending time behind bars. Use good judgement this holiday eve, grab a cab, an Uber, or have a designated driver.

Let’s all get home safely to our loved ones. Mayfield Law Office wishes you all a safe New Year’s Eve, and a Happy New Year in 2017.

Texas Ties Louisiana for the Worst Drivers in the Country

Have you ever driven across the state of Texas and thought, “People drive terrible around here?” Well your thoughts aren’t far from the truth. A recent study put together be three different car insurance companies has ranked Texas as having some of the worst drivers in the country. The study has Texas tied for the number one spot with Louisiana.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has Texas listed as ninth in the country for speeding related incidents, ninth for motor vehicle fatalities, and third for drunk driving incidents.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligent driving of another person, call Mayfield Law Office for a free initial evaluation of your case. We are here to help.

Follow the link below to read more about the studies.

All-Terrain Vehicles – One of The Top Ten Deadliest Products in The U.S.

Did you or a loved get an All-Terrain Vehicle “ATV” for Christmas? If so, it is important to realize the dangers that go along with owning this type of vehicle. ATV’s have recently been ranked by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as one of the top ten deadliest products in the United States.

On average, an estimated 135,000 individuals will seek treatment from an emergency room for injuries sustained by operating an ATV, and another 700 individuals will die annually. In fact, Texas ranked second in fatalities nationwide from 1982 to 2008.  These statistics are not surprising given Texas residents are not required to have a drivers license to operate one of the vehicles. 

If you or a loved one has been injured on an all-terrain vehicle, call Mayfield Law Office. We can help. To learn more about the statistics and safety precautions, please follow this link.

NHTSA Releases Proposed Guidelines for Distracted Driving Caused by Mobile Devices

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released proposed guidelines to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles.

NHTSA has proposed of voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction on U.S. roads. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated that “[t]hese commonsense guidelines, grounded in the best research available, will help designers of mobile devices build products that cut down on distraction on the road.” The guidelines encourage manufacturers to implement features which will allow a portable device to link into a vehicle’s infotainment system, known as pairing, as well as Driver Mode, which provides a simplified user interface.

For more on the proposed guidelines, click the following link.