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Can eating while driving cause a crash?

There are many behaviors that can increase the likelihood of an accident, including the use of a cell phone behind the wheel or drinking too much alcohol. Many people realize how dangerous these behaviors can be but fail to keep in mind that there are many other behaviors which can significantly increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that eating food and drinking can lead to a motor vehicle accident because it diverts a driver’s attention from the road. There are many other ways that drivers can become distracted too, such as talking to people in the car or changing the radio station. In fact, the NHTSA says that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives over the course of 2016.

Potholes and motorcycle wrecks

Most motorcyclists realize that there a wide variety of hazards to keep an eye out for whenever they take to the streets, from distracted drivers who do not pay attention to stop signs to ice and inclement weather. That said, there are other hazards to be mindful of and this is especially true for those who ride a motorcycle. For example, a motorcyclist may collide with another vehicle or find themselves thrown off of their motorcycle after riding over a pothole. On the road, you should try to be vigilant for any potential risk, as difficult as this may be at times.

Hitting a pothole while traveling at high speeds or around a turn can be incredibly dangerous on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, unsafe roads are a problem across the country and motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. Sometimes, those who were hurt (or families who lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash) decide to take their case to court. Moreover, many people consider legal action after they are hit by a reckless driver, which can be very upsetting from the standpoint of a victim whose life was shattered.

How many scooter accident victims are sent to the ER?

When it comes to collisions on the road, each accident is unique. Often, two passenger cars collide with each other, but there are many other types of motor vehicle wrecks. For example, someone may be hit by a reckless driver while operating a scooter, which can be especially dangerous. Sadly, many lives have been lost as a result of scooter accidents that were caused by drunk, distracted, drowsy, or careless drivers across Orange County.

According to material that was published by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, estimates suggest that more than 10,000 people were treated in emergency rooms due to powered scooter accidents between July 2003 and June 2004. Although there is limited research in this area, at least in comparison to car and truck accidents, for example, it is clear that scooter accidents are a major concern.

What are some fatal pedestrian accident causes?

There are a number of things to consider with respect to pedestrian accidents but knowing some of the common causes of these accidents is especially important. Sadly, many pedestrians have passed away after being struck by a vehicle, while some of those who were lucky enough to survive have struggled with debilitating injuries, which may even persist for the rest of their lives. If your child spends time walking near the road, you jog on a regular basis to get exercise, or you are concerned about pedestrian accidents from a driver’s perspective, it is important to review factors in these accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all sorts of factors can lead to a pedestrian accident. For example, a pedestrian accident might occur when a pedestrian runs on to the road, walks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, walks in a prohibited area, or crosses the road improperly. Other factors include wrong-way walking, poor visibility which makes it harder for drivers to see pedestrians, and the use of cell phones and other distractions.

Reviewing the consequences of a pedestrian accident

Often, when people think of traffic accidents, they picture crashes involving vehicles or motorcycles. However, it is important to bear in mind that many upsetting accidents on the road involve pedestrians. Sadly, some pedestrians are ignored and there are far too many reckless drivers on the road, which can make it dangerous for people to walk in certain areas. Moreover, when a pedestrian crash does take place, the consequences can be staggering for victims and those they love, as well.

When someone is struck by a car while they are walking or jogging, they physical toll can be overwhelming. After all, when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed collides with someone who is completely unprotected, they face an especially high risk of injury or even death. Broken bones and other injuries have made life very difficult for many pedestrian accident victims and some have even permanently shattered their lives due to lifelong disabilities. Moreover, these injuries can have other consequences, such as lost wages resulting from time away from work and depression due to being bound in a wheelchair, to name just a couple.

Slick roads and motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists face a number of hazards, from negligent drivers colliding with them to obstructions on the road, such as a fallen tree limb. However, weather can be particularly concerning, such as slick roads. If the weather does not seem favorable, it might be a good idea to stay off of the road. However, even responsible motorcyclists may find themselves hurt or killed in a crash that occurred as a result of poor weather conditions.

Heavy rainfall can be very dangerous for motorcyclists and the drivers of other vehicles, making roads slick and interfering with visibility. Sometimes, the rain can seemingly appear out of nowhere, so it might be a good idea to check the weather before riding a motorcycle. Moreover, ice can also be problematic in certain parts of the country and it could linger on roads even though temperatures have risen above freezing. Patches of black ice, for example, can be especially problematic and may cause a motorcyclist to lose control around a turn.

How many people pass away in weather-related traffic accidents?

Fatal motor vehicle collisions happen for all sorts of reasons, but weather can be especially problematic. Unlike drunk driving and other dangers on the road, weather conditions cannot be controlled and sometimes, the only way to stay safe is to avoid driving altogether. However, people take to the road during inclement weather because they have very important responsibilities to take care of or are not concerned about the risks associated with poor road conditions. Sadly, weather events cause many people to pass away and suffer severe injuries every year.

According to information that was published by the Federal Highway Administration, traffic crashes involving weather claim an average of more than 5,000 lives per year, based on data that was gathered between 2005 and 2014. Moreover, during this same time frame, more than 445,000 people sustained injuries due to crashes caused by weather each year, on average. In fact, accidents involving weather accounted for 22 percent of all vehicle accidents, 16 percent of all accident deaths, and 19 percent of all accident injuries during an average year in this period.

Diabetes and motor vehicle collisions

There are a wide range of auto accident causes, such as the use of drugs or alcohol, falling asleep at the wheel, speeding, and ignoring signs, among many others. However, some people may not realize that certain health conditions, such as diabetes, can play a major role in motor vehicle collisions. Sadly, some people with diabetes may become impaired due to the condition in a way which affects their ability to stay alert while driving. As a result, those with diabetes or any other health issue that could impact their driving abilities should be cautious and may want to avoid driving altogether.

Sometimes, those with diabetes may lose their driving privileges because licensing authorities do not believe that they can drive safely, while others, such as those who operate commercial vehicles, may need to follow certain steps to keep themselves and others safe on the road. Unfortunately, some people with diabetes and other health conditions that could negatively affect their driving ignore their condition and put the lives of others at risk.

Emotional challenges that arise following an accident

When people go over the consequences of car accidents, they often understand that serious physical injuries and the loss of life are a major problem. However, there are other consequences that some victims have to deal with which are not always given as much attention. For example, some car accident victims will find themselves facing challenges related to emotional problems brought on by the accident, such as depression, changes to their personality due to head trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If emotional problems have become an issue for you or someone who is close to you, it is very important to do what you can to prevent these difficulties from worsening the situation. For example, someone who is feeling extremely depressed may not want to go to court to stand up for their rights and hold a negligent driver responsible. However, failing to seek justice and obtain the resources they need to recover could make emotional issues even more problematic, so it is crucial for people going through this to find the courage they need to take action.

How prevalent is distracted driving on a daily basis?

Many drivers are aware of the dangers that are associated with distractions behind the wheel. From eating food to sending a text message, there are many different ways in which a driver may become distracted. When someone is unable to focus on the road, the risk of a crash may be increased significantly. Sadly, distracted driving accidents have left many people with injuries that they will struggle with for the rest of their lives and others have been unable to survive a collision. Moreover, distracted driving is surprisingly common across the U.S.

According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while operating a vehicle during daylight hours. Distracted driving resulted in 391,000 people sustaining injuries in 2015, while more than 3,400 passed away in accidents that involved a distracted driver, according to the NHTSA.

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