New Required Program Helps Inform Young Drivers About Distracted Driving

The Texas Department of Public Safety has introduced a new course designed to help teenagers and young adults better understand the dangers posed by Distracted Driving.
This new course called “Impact Texas Young Drivers” is a 1 hour information course that, starting September 1st, will be required by all those under 24 seeking a driver’s license. Split up into four separate parts, its goal is to inform young drivers about how Distracted Driving can be a danger to them and others. It features real stories from individuals and families who were harmed by Distracted Drivers, as well as facts and statistics that show just how big of a problem Distracted Driving has become in recent years.
According to the TXDPS, one of the main themes of the hour long video is that distracted driving isn’t “about bad people doing bad things, but about good people making poor choices.” Some of the topics discussed including texting while driving, using a phone while driving, and attempting to multitask while driving.
Impact Texas Young Drivers is based on a similar program introduced in California. It joins a longer 2 hour course called Impact Texas Teen Drivers that is required to be viewed by drivers 15 – 17 years of age before they can get driver license.
For more information on these programs, you can visit the Impact Texas Young Drivers webpage by clicking here, and view the Texas Department of Public Safety page located here.

The Dangers of Defective E-Cigarettes

Over the past few years there has been a trend of smokers replacing their cigarette cartons and lighters for electronic vaporizers and e-cigarettes. Unheard of just a few years ago, “vape shops” have been popping up all across the country to help former smokers transition to this new, supposedly safer method of getting their nicotine fix.

One of the biggest surprises to come out of this e-cigarette trend, though, is just how dangerous these vaporizers can be. When they are operating correctly, e-cigs may very well be better for one’s long term health than smoking a traditional cigarette, but when these e-cigs malfunction, the results can be explosively catastrophic.

Ultimately, the safety hazard from these electronic vaporizers comes from the powerful but all too often low quality batteries they use to heat and vaporize the nicotine solutions inhaled by their users. The batteries inside these e-cigarettes can short circuit far too easily which can cause them to overheat, catch fire, and in some cases even outright explode while in their users’ hands or pockets.

We saw similar issues with some recent smartphones and with the several of the self-balancing “hoverboards” that became popular gift items over the past two holiday seasons. Already, the internet is littered with news stories and videos of e-cigs catching fire or detonating in showers of sparks, and major personal injury cases have begun awarding the victims of these mishaps serious compensation for the injuries they suffered as a result of these incidents.

If you or someone you know has been injured by an electronic vaporizer that malfunctioned, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the expert staff at Martin Walker Law today for a free case evaluation. You can reach our offices by phone at (903) 526-1600 or by email at