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Why do so many accidents occur at traffic lights?

Any place on the road can be dangerous, but some areas are especially likely to see an accident. For example, an intersection may see a large number of accidents and it is also important to keep in mind that some intersections are riskier than others. For example, some may be located in areas that see a lot of traffic or in places where road signs confuse many drivers. So, why do so many collisions occur at traffic lights, even though drivers should have no problem obeying the signals that tell them when to come to a stop or continue driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided detailed information on traffic crash statistics for accidents that occur at traffic lights and stop signs. A number of factors were reviewed by the NHTSA, such as driving too fast, aggressive driving, illegal maneuvers, and miscalculating the intentions of another driver or their speed. Other factors that lead to crashes at traffic lights include performance errors, distractions, obstructed views and inattentiveness.

Is drowsy driving against the law?

Many people understand that driving while very tired is not a smart move, but some do not realize that doing so may result in additional legal challenges in the event that a deadly crash occurs. In fact, not only are there laws against this behavior in a number of places, but drowsy driving may become illegal in other states in the years to come. From causing an accident that results in property damage to leaving victims with devastating injuries or claiming lives, drowsy drivers cause many heartbreaking problems and they should be held accountable for this behavior.

According to the New Jersey Legislature’s website, drivers who are knowingly fatigued are considered to have been driving recklessly when they cause a fatal accident. In this instance, reckless fatigue consists of going without sleep for more than 24 hours. The bill, which is known as “Maggie’s Law,” was introduced in 2002.

Driving with dogs and the risk of a collision

Many people enjoy taking their dogs to the park or bringing them along when they go to visit a friend or family member. Likewise, dogs often enjoy riding in the car as well. However, there are some important things to keep in mind if you regularly drive with your dog, especially if you do not have very much experience bringing your furry friend along with you while you are on the road. For example, new dog owners may lack experience in this area and they may cause an auto accident.

First of all, dog owners should be mindful of their pet and make sure that they will not increase the chances of a wreck. For example, a loud bark may startle a driver and cause them to swerve into another lane. Or, a dog may become extremely excited and try to jump onto their owner’s lap while they are trying to drive, which could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. Unfortunately, these types of incidents have caused car accidents in the past and dog owners have a responsibility to be aware of any hazards that could affect their driving abilities.

New work schedules and car crashes

Someone may become involved in a car collision because of another person’s reckless behavior, such as a driver who is distracted while using their phone. However, various life changes can also lead to a crash, such as a new work schedule. There are many different reasons why adjusting to working at a different time of day (or night) can cause someone to become involved in a wreck and it is important to be mindful of this if your hours recently changed or you will work a new shift in the near future.

First of all, a new work schedule can lead to sleep deprivation. For example, someone may have to stay up later than they are used to, or they may have to wake up early in the morning to get to work. This can lead to drowsy driving, a major concern on roads across the country. Aside from driver fatigue, another concern that comes with new work schedules is speeding and erratic driving when a worker is running late. For example, you may not be used to leaving for work at a certain time and you may find yourself in a rush to get to work.

3 kitchen safety tips for the holidays

Families all over Orange County will be preparing lavish meals for loved ones throughout the holiday season. While these celebrations are certainly joyful, home chefs must also take the proper steps to prevent serious injury befalling themselves or others in the kitchen. Fortunately, the following safety tips will help create a safe and secure environment in your home during this holiday season.

According to Everyday Health, you should never leave your oven unattended while cooking. It’s easy to get distracted during the holidays, especially with a house full of people, but it’s imperative that you stay focused on the task at hand when the oven is on. This is especially important if you have small kids in the house, who can easily get burned or even inadvertently start a fire.

3 travel tips for holiday driving

Many people in California find themselves on the road quite a bit over the holiday season. Playing it safe is crucial in this case, as you’ll be dealing with tons of other motorists, icy conditions, and nighttime driving. The following tips ensure you make it to your destination safe and sound.

Practice defensive driving behaviors

When a reckless driver denies wrongdoing

There are many examples of negligent driving, such as the use of alcohol or drugs while behind the wheel, using a smartphone while driving or speeding. Unfortunately, these behaviors can lead to a motor vehicle crash which causes victims to suffer injuries or even pass away. Worse, some reckless drivers deny that they were doing anything wrong. For example, you may have noticed that a driver who caused a crash was using their phone, but they may say that this is not true.

In the immediate aftermath of a crash, it is very important to pay attention to any relevant details. For example, if you notice that a driver is intoxicated, or that they were on their phone or reaching for something on the floor when the crash happened, this could have a significant impact on your case if you decide to take them to court. If you do take legal action, you should not hesitate to come forward and share these details and any other aspects of the accident which you believe could impact the outcome of the case.

Driving safe during Halloween

With Halloween approaching, many people are preparing for the holiday by buying costumes and planning parties. However, there are a number of risks associated with this event, including the possibility of a traffic accident. Sadly, some people drive drunk on Halloween after having too much alcohol at a party, and other drivers may be reckless because they are very excited due to holiday celebrations such as haunted houses. Moreover, many people have been involved in pedestrian accidents while they were trick-or-treating. As a result, you should be mindful of the different risks that are present on the roadway, especially during this time of the year.

First of all, you should never operate a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol, and the chances of this behavior may be higher during Halloween. After all, many people have a cocktail at a party or a friend’s house they stopped into with their children. Aside from driving drunk, you should be aware of any hazards on the road and other drivers who may be intoxicated or distracted. Halloween can bring a number of distractions, such as decorations. You should also keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters.

Financially recovering from a crash

Often, people think of the physical consequences of a motor vehicle accident when they hear about a crash, such as serious injuries and the loss of life. These are major concerns, of course, but it is important to bear in mind that there are other ways in which people are adversely affected by auto collisions. For example, some people are strongly affected from an emotional point of view, such as those who become depressed or stressed out in the wake of a collision. Moreover, some people may struggle from a financial viewpoint as well.

Many different financial challenges can arise when someone is involved in a traffic accident. For example, some people may have a hard time paying their hospital expenses and costs associated with rehabilitation. Other financial difficulties may include the loss of wages because someone is no longer able to work. Missing work, even for a short period of time, can be extremely upsetting for some people, such as those who live from one paycheck to the next.

What are some dangers associated with driving through tunnels?

There are many hazards that people encounter on the road, some of which may be especially common for a particular driver (sharp turns, dangerous intersections and so on). However, there are other hazards that drivers may not come across very often, such as driving through a tunnel, and drivers may not be aware of the different reasons why these encounters can be dangerous. In this post, some of the risks associated with tunnels will be reviewed.

Information that has been provided by the National Transportation Safety Board draws attention to some of the hazards associated with driving through a tunnel. For example, the NTSB examined one fatal traffic accident which occurred inside of a tunnel and found that the crash was likely caused by concrete and suspension hardware falling onto the vehicle while it was traveling through the tunnel.

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