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Going over different driver distractions

As a driver, you have to watch out for many different hazards on the road, including the behavior of other drivers. From alcohol use to prescription medication and fatigue, all sorts of risks are present on roadways across the U.S. Unfortunately, distracted driving remains particularly problematic and many drivers do not even realize that certain habits or activities take their attention off the road. There are a wide variety of reasons why drivers become distracted and these distractions can cause a fatal accident and leave survivors with devastating injuries. For now, we will review some of the distractions that affect drivers in Virginia.

Narrow roads and the risk of an auto collision

There are many different environmental factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents, such as the prevalence of ice and snow on roadways. However, there are many other ways in which the obstacles a driver may face on the road can lead to a collision. For example, driving on certain roads may be especially dangerous because the lanes are very narrow, or a driver may even have to drive down single-lane roads. If you regularly find yourself on roads that are narrow or ever come across an extremely narrow road, it is vital to be vigilant.

What are some factors in single-vehicle off-road crashes?

Motor vehicle collisions continue to occur for countless reasons, from negligent drivers colliding with each other due to the consumption of alcohol to ice and inadequate sleep. Sometimes, less common types of crashes take place, such as off-road accidents. When people picture off-road driving, they may envision a quiet, outdoorsy area, where the biggest risk is getting stuck. To some, these may not seem as serious as crashes which occur on a freeway or in an area with heavy traffic congestion. However, off-road crashes can be just as dangerous.

Even minor car crash injuries can upend your life

Quite often, when people think about auto accident injuries they envision a serious wound or debilitating injuries, such as broken bones or a brain injury that results in memory loss. These are, of course, serious concerns with regard to motor vehicle collisions. However, some people suffer relatively minor injuries, such as a sprained wrist or a minor head injury after bumping their head. However, any injuries sustained in a motor vehicle wreck, even if they seem relatively minor at first, should be taken seriously. Moreover, they could upend your life in countless ways.

Deer, raccoons, and other wildlife involved in accidents

As a driver, you have to keep an eye out for many different hazards when you are behind the wheel. While the negligent behavior of other drivers is a major concern, there are other things to watch out for, such as wildlife. Animals can dart across the road out of nowhere, and there are certain times, such as driving at night, when the risk of colliding with an animal may be especially high. As a result, you should be mindful of this when operating a vehicle.

Car wrecks and allergy season

In many parts of the country, allergens such as pollen are currently causing those with seasonal allergies to suffer various symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and other challenges. Springtime can be incredibly difficult for those who are susceptible to allergies, but what they may not realize is that seasonal allergies can lead to other problems in life. For example, someone who is suffering as a result of their allergies may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle collision. If you are a driver who has allergies, it is essential to be mindful of this condition whenever you are planning on driving.

Which vehicle types cause the most pedestrian deaths?

With fatal pedestrian accidents, there are various risk factors to consider, such as the time of day someone is walking or the consumption of alcohol, either by a driver or a pedestrian. However, there are other statistics on pedestrian deaths that may be helpful for drivers and pedestrians to review. For example, statistics can shed light on the different types of vehicles that are involved in fatal pedestrian accidents.

When your child is involved in a crash

Parents often encounter all sorts of challenges as they raise their kids, ranging from issues at school to peer pressure and substance abuse. However, it can be particularly difficult for parents to deal with the aftermath of an accident that their child was involved in. Sometimes, these accidents are caused by young drivers who may not have much experience behind the wheel, but many are also the result of someone else’s negligence, which can be incredibly hard for a parent to deal with. Moreover, your child may have been injured in a wreck as the passenger of someone else’s car. If your child was involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should review your different options.

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.

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.

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