Over the past 20 years, social attitudes and the legal landscape around marijuana has changed in much of the country. Several states have moved to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Texas is not one of them. Texas still imposes harsh penalties for marijuana possession and related charges.
Imagine driving down Loop 337 through New Braunfels on your way to River Road for a nice Saturday on the Guadalupe River. Traffic is heavier than usual with tourists coming into town for an afternoon or weekend getaway and many of these driver's do not know exactly where they are going. This means they are paying more attention to road signs and their GPS systems than what traffic is actually doing. In addition, this means you are more at risk of becoming involved in a car accident.
Recent reports indicated the state legislature is considering eliminating the Texas Drivers Responsibility Program. If you have never heard of this program, you're not alone, but you should be aware of it.
Semi-truck accidents are far too common in Texas, and overloaded or improperly loaded trailers is one of the leading causes of accidents. In 2016, Texas had the highest fatal truck accident rate in the nation according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Semi and other industrial trucks were involved in accidents that resulted in 484 fatalities.
Reports on concussions in football and other sports have put a spotlight on the challenges of traumatic brain injuries. What sometimes gets lost in this discussion of athletes is that TBIs affect people from all walks of life.