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The dangers that come with vaping while driving

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.

How to reduce crash risk for ADHD patients

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.

Can ADHD increase the chances of a crash?

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.

What is negligent entrustment?

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. 

Car accident fatalities decreasing

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.

What information should you give your insurance company?

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. 

Driving during strong winds

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.

Prescription medication and car crashes

People take a variety of prescription medications to help with various ailments. Some people take one drug, while others are prescribed multiple prescriptions for a number of health issues they are struggling with. Unfortunately, these medications can have unwanted side effects and they can create other problems in one’s life, in ways that some people may overlook. For example, someone may be likely to cause a car accident after taking a certain type of prescription. If you take prescription drugs that could impact your driving abilities, be mindful of these risks and stay off of the road if your driving abilities are affected.

Virginia sees jump in drunk driving deaths in 2017

For many decades now, people who live in Virginia have heard about the dangers of drinking and driving. The fact that a person has a reduced ability to make proper decisions or react appropriately when operating a vehicle after they have consumed alcohol is nothing new. Yet, despite knowing this and despite strong laws, far too many people choose to ignore these realities and jump in their vehicles to drive while drunk.

Overconfidence, winter weather and accidents

In many parts of the U.S., the winter months bring very poor weather conditions. Heavy snowfall, dense fog and ice accumulation on the road can all increase the likelihood of an accident significantly. When two vehicles collide at high speeds after one driver lost control due to ice, the consequences can be devastating. The chances of a crash can be reduced by safe and attentive driving when weather conditions are poor. Unfortunately, some drivers show little regard for road safety due to their overconfidence.

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