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How many traffic crash deaths do rollovers cause?

People may lose their lives in motor vehicle collisions in various ways, whether they are struck by a drunk driver in a head-on collision or they happen to find themselves seriously hurt in an accident which involved several vehicles. However, rollover crashes can be especially deadly, and sadly these accidents claim many lives every year. If you drive an SUV, van, or pickup truck, your vehicle may be particularly dangerous with respect to rollovers, but you should be mindful of the risks that you face regardless of the type of vehicle you drive.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 7,600 lives were claimed in 2010 as a result of rollover accidents. When it comes to passenger vehicle accidents, rollover crashes were responsible for almost 35 percent of all fatalities. With that said, the overwhelming majority of traffic accidents (97 percent) involving vans, SUVs, passenger cars, and pickups did not involve a rollover during 2010. This indicates that while rollovers are not as common as other types of crashes, they are especially deadly when they do occur.

Traumatic brain injury is often the result of a car crash

No one expects to be in a collision with another car, side-swiped into a rollover or forced off the road by a truck driver who loses control of a big rig.

In fact, no one expects to be in a fender-bender, but even a minor accident like this can cause trauma to the brain — and you might not realize it at the time.

What are some other ways rain and snow can cause a crash?

Many drivers are aware of how rain, snow, and ice can affect the road. For example, precipitation can cause tires to lose traction and may result in a collision if a driver loses control of his or her vehicle. Precipitation can cause motor vehicle collisions throughout the year, but the winter months can be even more dangerous in certain parts of the country. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that rain and snow can cause an accident in other ways as well.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, precipitation, such as rain, ice, and snow, can affect traffic and driving conditions in various ways. Not only can it cause travel delays and slow traffic down, but it may also affect a driver’s ability to see the road. Moreover, poor visibility may make it more difficult for a driver to see traffic lights and signs. For example, a sign may be completely covered in snow. In addition to precipitation, there are other risk factors involving weather, such as dense fog and wind.

Driving in new places and auto accidents

Some of the more common causes of auto crashes include driving at high speeds, ice on the roads, intoxicated drivers, and drowsiness behind the wheel. However, there are far more causes of motor vehicle collisions that some people ignore or may not realize at all. For example, someone who is driving in a place they have never been may be more likely to cause an accident due to unfamiliarity with the roads.

For someone who has never driven in a particular area, the experience can be stressful or even overwhelming, in some instances. For example, someone who has lived in a rural area their entire life and has never driven in a city may have trouble with minor issues, such as parallel parking, or major issues, such as driving on a freeway safely. For many drivers, simply driving in a new place where they are not familiar with which turns to take can increase the chances of a wreck.

Key elements to prove medical malpractice on a child

People trust physicians to utilize the highest level of care possible when they are treating patients, especially when it comes to children. Unfortunately, some parents and their children have to deal with disabilities or other debilitating issues due to improper treatment from a physician

Whether the physician committed unscrupulous acts or did not provide proper care, it may be possible to prove a malpractice case. To do so successfully, there are a few key elements that parents must be aware of.

Foggy windows and car wrecks

There are numerous motor vehicle accident causes, some out of a driver’s control, others completely preventable. During the winter months, weather can be especially concerning and may cause an accident due to slick roads, ice, heavy snow, and rain. Moreover, colder temperatures may result in foggy windows, which can lead to an accident by interfering with a driver’s ability to see the road clearly. Whether a vehicle has a broken heater or a driver does not warm their car up or address fog before taking to the road, it can be very dangerous when someone drives even though they cannot clearly see through their windows.

Sometimes, a windshield becomes foggy after a night of cold temperatures, preventing a driver from seeing in front of them unless they clear up their windshield prior to driving. However, it can also be dangerous when the side windows fog up, especially if a driver attempts to make a turn or switch lanes. As a result, all windows should be clear before someone decides to take their vehicle onto the road.

How many of those who pass away in crashes are unrestrained?

There are a variety of things to consider when it comes to fatal auto accidents, such as the factors that led to the crash and taking legal action against a reckless driver. In some instances, people lose their lives in an accident because they were not wearing a seat belt, which can be especially tragic for the loved ones who they leave behind. If you regularly ride in any kind of vehicle, it is essential to recognize just how many people pass away due to being unrestrained and make sure you protect yourself on the road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belts are able to lower the likelihood of a serious injury by 50 percent and the likelihood of dying by 45 percent for drivers and those who are in the front seat of a vehicle when a traffic crash takes place. During 2009, most of the passengers and drivers who lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions were not restrained when the wreck happened. In fact, 53 percent of those who passed away in these collisions during this year were not wearing a seat belt.

How many lives do air bags save?

There are many factors that can have an impact on the outcome of a motor vehicle collision, such as the type of vehicles involved in the accident (large trucks, motorcycles, etc.) and the speeds that each vehicle is traveling. When a crash occurs, air bags can have a major impact on those who are involved in the accident and whether or not they are able to survive the collision. Each year, air bags save many lives.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 44,000 lives were saved by frontal air bags between 1987 and 2015. In 2016, it is believed that frontal air bags saved more than 2,750 lives, according to the NHTSA. Clearly, air bags are an important part of motor vehicle safety and it is important for drivers to understand how air bags are deployed and make sure they are in the proper seating position.

Railroad crossing accidents occur more often than you think

Railroad technology has not been updated in the last 70 years, and that likely has a bearing on the number of railroad crossing accidents today.

A recent, well-publicized train-truck collision in Virginia is a reminder of how dangerous railroad crossings can be: They are the scene of more accidents than you think.

How should I address neck pain after a crash?

Motor vehicle collisions frequently result in various consequences, such as fractures and lacerations. However, some may suffer from symptoms that are not as recognizable, at least in the immediate aftermath of the crash, such as brain trauma and neck pain that appears. If you are suffering from neck pain following an accident, you should make sure that all options on your path to recovery are explored, including legal action, in some instances.

Material published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine highlights some of the different ways that people address neck pain after a motor vehicle accident. If you are experiencing this pain, you should be evaluated by a medical professional and you may need to put ice on your neck or take pain medication. Usually, surgery is not necessary, but you might need to wear a cervical collar or undergo physical therapy.

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