Since 1999, the number of licensed older drivers on the road has increased by 50 percent. Over 40 million senior citizens maintain their license to stay independent and mobile. Unfortunately, the risk of being seriously injured in an auto accident increases as a person ages. Fortunately, there are things that seniors can do to stay safe on the road.
Virginia residents may be aware that there have been several train-car collisions in the United States recently, and a number of people have been injured or killed in those accidents. Sadly, train-car accidents are often deadlier than motor vehicle accidents because of the size and momentum of a train, even when it is moving at a moderate speed. A recent train-car collision, about 20 miles west of Roanoke, is an example of this.
The motor vehicle has become such an intrinsic part of our world that we tend to think of driving as a routine activity that seldom requires much attention. Yet, as any Virginia resident probably knows, every driver needs to be careful when driving a car on public roads in order to avoid fatal car accidents.
Virginia residents probably know that driving is a privilege and not a right. After all, drivers must show their ability to control a vehicle by passing a battery of driving skill tests and showing knowledge of Virginia's motor vehicle laws by passing a written test. Even after obtaining the legal privilege to drive, there is little guarantee that any driver will be responsible. Car accidents cannot be ruled out and deaths are, unfortunately, common on Virginia roads.
As many as 741 people were killed in Virginia as a result of car crashes in 2013, according to statistics released by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Between 2012 and 2013 the total number of persons who suffered injuries due to car collisions in the state stood at 65,114, from a total of 121,763 automobile crashes. The major reasons behind motor vehicle collisions in Virginia are distracted driving, drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
Not limited to only Virginia, the open road can be a dangerous place. Car accidents can have catastrophic effects on motorists, causing injury and, unfortunately, sometimes death. There can also be legal complications which make the aftermath of the accident complicated.