Car companies are marketing their vehicles as safer and more luxurious than ever. Big, new vehicles have additional airbags, stronger engines, tinted windows and other modern features. These vehicles may be safer for the driver and passengers inside, but when these larger vehicles are involved in car accidents with older vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians they may actually make our roadways more dangerous.
There are a number of examples of erratic behavior on the roadway, such as intoxicated driving and failing to switch lanes correctly. However, speeding is especially concerning and there are many other ways in which people drive abruptly. For example, drivers who have “lead foot” may slam on the accelerator and drive around without precision, and this can lead to a devastating collision. There are a lot of reasons why drivers exhibit this behavior on the road, whether they are rushing to get to work on time or they have a habit of making poor decisions behind the wheel.
There are all sorts of risk factors on the road, including weather conditions and the use of alcohol behind the wheel. That said, speeding is especially prevalent, and this behavior has caused many motor vehicle collisions. Sadly, some of the accidents caused by a driver’s decision to go over the speed limit have proved fatal, and it is imperative for drivers to be aware of just how many lives have been lost as a result of this reckless behavior.
Some parts of the country can be especially dangerous to drive in during the winter months, such as northern states that see a lot of snow and ice. Many people realize how risky it can be to drive during inclement weather, such as a blizzard or ice storm that makes roads treacherous. What some may not be aware of, however, is that these weather risks can continue to pose a threat long after a storm, when conditions appear to have improved. For example, black ice can stay hidden on certain parts of the road and lead to a motor vehicle wreck.
For many Americans, vacations are a time to relax and separate themselves from the daily stressors they have to face. Some people like to travel outside of the country, while others may visit a different part of the state they live in or fly to another side of the U.S. Unfortunately, traveling is not always easy and can present a variety of different hurdles, some of which are very serious. Aside from feeling tired or stressed out, some people may even find themselves in an auto accident for a variety of different reasons.
Traffic accidents have many consequences and destroy lives on a daily basis. Sometimes a crash results in a fatality, while other accidents may not claim any lives but do leave victims with permanent injuries that will never let them enjoy life in the same way again. Moreover, motor vehicle collisions can have other consequences which may be harder for other people to detect. The emotional toll of a wreck can be staggering, resulting in negative emotions such as high levels of anxiety, depression and anger. Moreover, some people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you think that cell phone use is the most distracting thing while driving, think again. Studies show that driving with kids in the car is much more distracting than using a phone, and if you are a parent in Washington this may come as no surprise.
From distracted driving to accidents caused by the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, there are a plethora of reasons why motor vehicle crashes happen. There are many other risk factors to be aware of, some of which may be less common but equally concerning. For example, some parts of the country see an increase in the number of deer that are on the roads during the fall, and this can be especially concerning with respect to motor vehicle accidents. As a result, drivers should do what they can to avoid colliding with a deer.
For many people, coffee is part of a morning routine, an essential step in getting ready for the day ahead. Often, people who drink coffee and other hot beverages bring their drink behind the wheel, especially if they do not have a lot of time (such as those who have to get to work soon, for example). However, those who are short on time and trying to drive to work quickly may be more likely to spill their coffee. Worse, spilling a hot beverage while driving can result in serious burns and cause a motor vehicle crash which claims lives or causes debilitating injuries.
There are a number of hazards present on the road, from the recklessness of other drivers to poor weather conditions including snow and heavy rain. However, the very nature of certain parts of the road can be dangerous, from steep hills to sharp turns. There are many reasons why driving around a turn can be dangerous and in this post we will take a closer look at this facet of driving.