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by Jeff Rasansky - November 26, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Looking online for information related to traffic and weather is nothing new, but the Texas Department of Transportation recently unveiled a product that makes it much easier. The application allows you to check route information and maps for the state of Texas. For commuters and summer travelers, this may prove really useful.

Vital info on traffic.

accident with ambulance - iStock_000001647108SmallThe application provides information such as where construction projects are located and what to expect when you encounter them. It also gives you information about accidents and closures that can prevent you from running into delays.

You can also get a live feed of the weather in any location along your route. If you see something that you’d rather skip driving through, you can know ahead of time where it’s headed and what the actual conditions on the road are like.

Planning ahead for a trip.

Online driving applications can be great resources, but they can also be used improperly. There are so many different types of devices on the market that can get Internet connections on the road and that can display web pages that there is obviously opportunity here for people to distract themselves while they are driving.

The online application from TxDOT should prove to be very useful to many travelers. It also needs to be used properly. Remember not to use electronic devices while your vehicle is moving. There are too many ways that this can go very wrong and that end up with someone being hurt or killed. Planning out your route ahead of time and checking the conditions when you pull over for breaks can help to reduce the chances that you’ll be distracted because of looking up information while you’re driving.

Using driving apps.

Commuters and people who are just driving around their home cities can benefit from these applications. If there’s a construction project going on near your home, for instance, you can get an idea of the traffic conditions nearby and plan out alternate routes when they’re particularly bad. Just don’t use the app while driving!

Even when the road is bad, people do have a responsibility to drive in a way that is safe and reasonable. If someone does not and you end up getting injured, be sure to talk to an Dallas car accident attorney. They may advise that you file a lawsuit against the driver who injured you so that you can get compensated for your pain and suffering, financial losses and medical expenses from the crash.

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