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When you are rear-ended by a reckless driver

Motor vehicle accidents happen in many different ways. Some people are struck head-on by another vehicle, while others may be T-boned or struck from the side by a driver who was trying to switch lanes abruptly. Moreover, some accidents occur when a vehicle is rear-ended. While some of these accidents may not result in serious injuries or the loss of life, especially if the vehicles are traveling at slow speeds, others are incredibly devastating. Moreover, these accidents can be terrifying, and they can also result in various consequences (such as financial issues) even if nobody is injured.

Teen drivers and road safety

If you are a parent, you may have many concerns with respect to the safety of your teen. Or, you might be a young person who has never driven before, and you may be worried about the likelihood of an accident once you start to learn how to drive. Regardless, it is crucial to make sure that you are fully prepared for any potential risks and do what you can to reduce the likelihood of a collision occurring. Unfortunately, many young lives have been lost and many teens have been left with lifelong injuries due to motor vehicle collisions.

How does speed affect the chances of a pedestrian being killed?

For a pedestrian, there are a number of dangers which may be present on the road. Drunk drivers, those who go over the speed limit intentionally or accidentally and distracted drivers can all pose a serious threat to the safety of pedestrians. Moreover, when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is much larger, they may be especially likely to lose their life or sustain a massive injury, in comparison to those who are involved in an accident while riding in a vehicle. Many factors can affect how likely a pedestrian is to be hurt or killed in an accident, such as the speed at which the vehicle that struck them was traveling.

Poor eyesight and the risk of a crash

A person’s ability to drive properly may be adversely affected by a variety of factors, such as intoxication due to alcohol consumption or even prescription medication, fatigue, distractions and so on. However, some people may be unable to drive well because of poor eyesight. Worse, some drivers may not realize that their eyesight has deteriorated to a point which makes it unsafe to drive and they may continue to get behind the wheel.

Bicyclist safety during the night

For those who ride bicycles, the road can be especially dangerous. After all, in the event that a collision occurs involving a vehicle, with such little protection a bicyclist may be seriously hurt or killed. Helmet use and the use of other safety gear (such as reflective clothing) can be tremendously helpful. However, threats posed by reckless drivers, such as those who drive while under the influence, can lead to bicyclist fatalities regardless of the precautionary measures taken by a bicyclist. Moreover, certain times of day and riding at night can be particularly dangerous.

Avoiding debris on the road

Drivers have to keep an eye out for all sorts of hazards while they are behind the wheel, including traffic signs, other vehicles, patches of ice on the road and many other potential areas of concern. However, debris on the road can be especially concerning and has played a role in many motor vehicle collisions over the years. Furthermore, there are many different types of debris on roadways across the U.S. and this debris can cause an accident in different ways.

Prescription medications and intoxicated driving

When people think of intoxicated driving, alcohol and/or unlawful drugs likely come to mind. However, prescription medication can also result in intoxicated driving, which can severely impact a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely and follow the rules of the road. Drivers who are intoxicated may be so impaired that they cannot stay in their lane or come to a stop properly and some may even pass out while they are behind the wheel. Sadly, these accidents have led to the loss of many innocent lives over the years and victims who have survived have also faced tremendous physical, financial and mental hardships afterward.

Driving with a dog and other distractions

There are many ways in which drivers lose their ability to focus on the road. Often people recognize that smartphones and other electronic devices are a major source of distraction, but there are all sorts of other reasons why drivers lose their focus. For example, a driver may be distracted by someone else in the vehicle, the radio or even a dog that is riding along with them. If you drive with your dog, whether you bring them over to someone else’s house or take them to the vet, it is essential to ensure that they will not distract you.

Busy schedules and the risk of a traffic collision

The risk of an auto accident may be increased due to many different factors, from irresponsible driver behavior to inclement weather. There are many different challenges that some drivers may face which increases the risk of an accident, such as fatigue, and some may be more likely to cause a crash because they have a hectic schedule. Sadly, accidents caused by driving too fast or constantly running around in circles can make life harder for those who are struggling with busy schedules and any innocent victims involved in the collision.

Failing to yield and other examples of dangerous driving

Motor vehicle collisions happen for many reasons, such as treacherous weather conditions that make roads unsafe. However, many crashes are the result of human errors and carelessness, such as a driver’s failure to yield. If you were injured in a crash that was caused by someone who was not following traffic laws, it is pivotal for you to understand what legal options you may have and do all you can to recover both physically and financially. Sadly, many lives have been shattered as a result of reckless driving.

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