For many car accident victims, the consequences of the wreck are immediately visible. For example, someone may sustain a broken bone or some other type of injury and seek medical attention immediately. On the other hand, some car crash consequences are not easily detected and may come out in the days or even months following the accident. Some car accident victims may develop mental and emotional challenges following the collision, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, which can be incredibly detrimental.
Many in Roanoke County may believe that collisions between cars and pedestrians are relatively easy to avoid given that, in most cases, both sides often allow the others a wide berth on the road. Yet there may inevitably be times when pedestrians and motorists come into contact, making it necessary that both sides understand how to share the road. Crosswalks are the most obvious areas where pedestrians are likely to enter on to the roadway. Most likely think that they understand how to treat the situation where a pedestrian is crossing in a crosswalk, yet such assumptions have not stopped auto-pedestrian accidents from occurring in these areas.
Collisions between two vehicles on Virginia roadways are common. When it comes to determining fault, when a car hits another from behind, the driver in the rear vehicle is typically held liable. If there is an accident at an intersection, the person who did not stop at the red light or stop sign is responsible. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often represent clients catastrophically injured in a multi-car crash due to negligence or carelessness of another driver.
Some people believe that vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes, and this trend has become especially popular among younger people. Whether someone vapes because they think it will make them more popular or they are looking for a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is essential for drivers to be aware of how this behavior could increase the chances of a car crash. For example, a driver may become distracted or even drowsy if they vape while behind the wheel, which could lead to an accident.
An earlier article on this blog addressed the growing concern that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder may increase the chances of a car crash in Virginia and other states. It pointed out that young drivers with ADHD may be particularly susceptible to distractions on the road, as well as impairment caused by drugs and alcohol.
When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, many risk factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the road conditions and whether a driver is suffering from fatigue due to inadequate sleep or working for too long. However, there are other potential areas of concern, some of which do not receive very much attention. For example, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may increase the probability of a motor vehicle collision.
While you may not realize it at the moment, you take a risk anytime to choose to drive on Vinton's roads and highways. That risk may not necessarily arise because of your own driving skills, but rather from the lack of skill (or simple negligence) of others. Perhaps nothing is more frustrating than learning that a driver that hit you had a history of poor driving performance. Even more infuriating than that can be the knowledge that someone allowed such a poor driver to continue to have access to a vehicle.
The risk of a car accident never goes away, whether drivers in Virginia remain aware of it or not. However, the good news according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is that fatalities resulting from car accidents are finally decreasing. The 1.8 percent drop follows two consecutive years of spikes in the number of fatal crashes. While a decrease certainly gives reason for celebration, it nonetheless helps to obscure the fact that 37,133 people died on U.S. motorways in 2017.
There is little else as traumatizing as being involved in a car accident in Virginia. While you can do your best to follow traffic laws, be a vigilant and defensive driver and avoid distractions behind the wheel, there are undoubtedly times when you may encounter hazards that are unavoidable. If you are involved in an accident, dealing with the aftermath can be time-consuming and frustrating at times.
In the fall months, a number of hazards may be brought on by weather conditions. Some areas may see heavy rain and even snowfall and ice, which can certainly make it more difficult to drive. But the wind is another area of concern and some drivers do not pay attention to the different reasons why it can be dangerous to drive during strong winds. In this post, we will look at some of the hazards that are associated with heavy winds, which can lead to deadly car accidents.