Speeding: A Threatening Road Behavior
Every day, millions of cars fill U.S. roads and highways, transporting people from one place to another. The convenience, comfort and speed of travel a car provides have made this means of transportation a necessity for Americans; however, for drivers who do not know how to be responsible while behind the wheel, then a car can be a cause of accident that can result to serious injuries or even death/
It is a very sad thing that, once behind the wheel, many drivers easily forget all the education, advertisements and reminders that speak about road traffic rules and safe driving. As a result, more than five million vehicular accidents occur every year, with at least 30,000 of these resulting in death, while more than two million, in injuries. The top four causes of car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reckless driving, speeding, drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and driver error. It is totally surprising, however, to know that the many drivers, who are scared of speeding and hate speeders, are guilty of driving over the speed limit too.
Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromising the safety of others on the road. Speeding, in fact:
- Decreases driver visibility;
- Decreases a driver’s reaction time to danger;
- Decreases ability to slow down or stop;
- Decreases a driver’s control over his/her vehicle;
- Increases chance of rollovers on turns; and,
- Increases chances of rear-end accidents.
No matter what reason speeders have for going over the speed limit or for driving too fast despite poor road condition, one fact holds – they make the road dangerous for everyone else. The injuries that may result from car crashes due to speeding can be more severe because speed increases the force of impact. This is why speeding drivers should be held totally responsible for their reckless actions.
As explained by the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., “Advances in technology and increased awareness of the importance of safety on the roads have, in recent years, reduced the threat posed to public health and safety by car accidents. Nevertheless, car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and wrongful death in the United States each year, and the sad truth is that far too many of these accidents could easily have been prevented.
Victims of car accidents should not have to pay for the consequences that they may face if someone else was to blame for their injuries. Fortunately, through the protections afforded by personal injury law, victims may not have to. In fact, they are often entitled to financial compensation and justice that allows them to better deal with the aftermath of a car accident.”Read More
Car accidents are one of the major causes of injuries or deaths in the United States. In 2012, there were more than 5.6 million car accidents in the United States. From that number, 30,000 were serious and another 1.6 million involved other types of injuries. Car accidents cost $277 billion every year. The severity of injuries will depend on the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Car accident injuries can be categorized into impact and penetrating injuries. The former refers to injuries that result from the person’s body hitting some parts of the car’s interior. It may range from the knee hitting the dashboard or the head hitting the seat rest or the side window. The latter, on the other hand, may involve cuts and scrapes. Common examples of penetrating injuries are shattering glass or flying objects.
Injuries from automobile collision may vary from one person to another. However, there are some fairly common injuries and they are the following:
Head and Back Injuries
These types of injuries are the most serious and may cause traumatic brain injuries. Drivers who are involved in high speed collisions may hit their heads against the steering wheel, dashboard, or windows. Head injuries may cause skull fracture, hearing loss, and vision problems. Medical treatment and long-term medical care may be required after such injuries.
Back injuries, on the other hand, are also common. Damages to the spinal cord can lead to significant nerve damage. Back injuries are accompanied by reduced sensation and control on the arms, hands, legs, feet, and other body parts. It may cause permanent paralysis.
Chest injuries may range from broken ribs or internal injuries. These types of injuries may happen because of the position of the driver behind the steering wheel. While the body of the person may not come in contact with the steering wheel or dashboard, the chest may still suffer from a high level of force against the shoulder harness or seat belt causing it to be badly bruised.
Arm and Leg Injuries
When involved in a car accident, the driver’s knees or that of their passengers may hit the dashboard or seats in front of them. This may cause not only bruises or scrapes but also sprains and breaks.
Symptoms of car accident injuries may not appear right away. It may take days or weeks for them to do so.
Weather conditions are major causes of car accidents. When bad weather comes, the chances of road accidents become higher, and even when you are a defensive driver trying to avoid accidents, you may have little control of other drivers and the road conditions on which you are driving on. It may be difficult to win a personal injury claim if you’ve been involved in a car accident due to bad weather, but Williams Kherkher states on their website that you still get compensation from your insurance company.
There are many ways in which bad weather can cause a car accident. One of these things is due to poor visibility. Diminished visibility makes it difficult to see the roads clearly and notice other motorists who are with you in the road. Certain car signals may be hard to distinguish, and these could easily lead to accidents and collisions. Another cause for accidents is the decreased traction; motorist should drive safely and adjust their speed in order to avoid collisions and make instant decisions that could prevent an accident. Likewise, strong winds, especially when you are in an open space such as a freeway, can be very dangerous. Light vehicles can easily be moved by strong winds, and there has been many times where even commercial trucks have been blown away by strong winds while on the roads.
In order to avoid accidents while driving in poor weather conditions, make sure that your vehicles are properly equipped with well maintained. Make sure your windshield wipers are working when going out on rainy weather, and that brakes are properly functioning. Staying alert while on the road is a must, and keeping a safe speed and distance from other motorist is vital to keep from colliding in an event of an accident. Being a responsible driver, especially in bad weather, is the key in avoiding road accidents. Likewise, if the weather is especially bad, it may be better to stay home and avoid driving altogether.Read More
Car accidents are an inevitable reality for most drivers. Sharing the road with other drivers can be stressful enough, without driving alongside 18-wheelers. The size of 18-wheelers can be overwhelming to standard sized cars traveling around them. Fortunately, most 18-wheelers are handled by responsible professionals experienced at driving under all climate and traffic conditions. For this reason, other drivers can usually expect to feel relatively safe as they travel the roads.
However, accidents are always possible and when standard sized cars get into an accident with 18-wheelers, the driver and passengers in the standard car typically experience exponentially more damage than the driver of the 18-wheeler. All drivers, including the operator, must be mindful of the 18-wheeler’s no-zones (4 considerable blind spots). Because they are operating a machine that could potentially inflict major damage, 18-wheeler drivers must be held to a high standard. The website of Ausband & Dumont
, cites the most common accident causing factors as truck defects, trucking company negligence, truck driver negligence, or no-zone truck accidents.
In addition to physical distress, the victims of an 18-wheeler crash can often experience emotional trauma. These physical and emotional stressors typically cost the victim time away from work as well as hospital expenses. Because of these inconveniences, it is often valuable for the victim of an 18-wheeler crash to seek legal help. A lawyer will assist the victim in researching the cause of the accident and advocate for the victim’s financial compensation.
Similar to victims of 18-wheeler accidents, victims of crashes between two standard sized vehicles, often seek legal help. The website of attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® mentions that driver error, reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, mechanical malfunction, and even highway defects are some of the main factors that cause auto accidents.Read More