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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.

What you need to know about head-on collisions

Whether someone is driving around curves or traveling on one of Virginia's straightest stretches of highway, there is the possibility of a head-on collision. According to Roadtrip America, these accidents don't happen as often as rear-end collisions and t-bones, but when they do happen, everyone in both vehicles faces a high risk of fatal injuries.

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.

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