Automobile Accidents

Rollover Car Accidents – Dangerous Type of Accident

Rollover Car Accidents – Dangerous Type of Accident

Rollover car accidents are among the most dangerous types of accidents. As the vehicle rolls, you and your passengers are tossed around in the vehicle’s interior, being hit by loose objects, suffering the force of impact, and possibly being thrown out of the vehicle. All of this can result in severe, life-threatening injuries.

A rollover car accident is when one vehicle has overturned (tipped of flipped) at least 90 degrees onto its side. The force of impact can cause the vehicle to land on its roof, sometimes even upright after rolling more than once.

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Road Rage Impairs Driver’s Ability to Focus on Safe Driving

Road Rage Impairs Driver’s Ability to Focus on Safe Driving

Have you ever been driving on a two-lane road, come up behind a car that is going at a slow speed and you are not able to pass? Maybe someone is driving erratically or an accident on the road has caused you unavoidable delays. These can be maddening situations. Some drivers might yell, honk the horn, or beat on the steering wheel to vent their anger. Others may escalate to road rage or aggressive driving behaviors where driving safely is no longer top of mind.

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Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Drowsy driving, also known as fatigued driving or driver fatigue, is a dangerous driving behavior that can result in very serious consequences.

  • Drowsy driving accounts for about 100,000 crashes annually on the roadway, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities per year [NSC]
  • Drowsy driving contributes to an estimated 9.5% of all crashes, and 10.8% of those that involved airbag deployment [AAA]
  • Drowsy driving mimics alcohol-impaired driving -18 hours without sleep is similar to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05% [CDC]
  • 633 deaths from drowsy-driving related crashes in 2020 (NHTSA)

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Red Light Running: Dangerous Driving Practice

Red Light Running: Dangerous Driving Practice

Picture this scenario. You’re on the way to pick your kids up from school. As you near a stop light, it turns from green to yellow. What do you do? Do you continue to drive through the intersection, chancing that it could turn red condoning a red light running practice? Or do you stop? Yellow lights are a warning, a caution for drivers to slow down; however, many drivers take it as a sign to speed up and make a mad dash through an intersection.

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How to avoid a head-on collision

How to avoid a head-on collision

A head-on collision is just as it sounds; when two vehicles crash into each other, front-ends first. Head-on collisions happen when the driver of a vehicle crosses the center line and hits a motor vehicle coming from the opposite direction or when a driver enters a divided highway on the wrong side of the divider. Are there ways to avoid a head-on collision?

While head-on collisions may not happen very frequently, they are one of the most dangerous types of accidents. Knowing the dangers of these types of accidents may help keep you safe behind the wheel.

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Wrong-Way Collisions

Wrong-Way Collisions

Wrong-way collisions are most often head-on collisions. A wrong-way accident is defined as a driver who operates their vehicle in the opposite direction of travel on a freeway or highway and collides with a vehicle traveling in the right direction. (A head-on collision is defined similarly.)

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Insurance Company Initial Settlement Offer – Accept or Decline?

Insurance Company Initial Settlement Offer – Accept or Decline?

You may think insurance provides a safety net for you, whether it is yours or someone else’s. It is there to offer peace of mind should you have an accident that seriously injures you. So, when an insurance company comes calling with their initial settlement offer, you may trust that it will compensate you fairly.

But that would be flawed thinking. The reality: you should not accept an insurance company’s initial settlement offer without first obtaining the advice of a personal injury lawyer.

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What to Do after an Automobile Accident

What to Do after an Automobile Accident

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published July 13, 2015. The practical steps to take after an automobile accident have been updated and tips provided to the reader.

Being involved in an automobile accident is a time of extreme emotions. While you may think you will know what to do, often, in the chaos and confusion of an accident it is easy to forget, especially when injuries or even fatalities are involved.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics

Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 3, 2017. It has been revamped and updated to ensure accuracy of the motor vehicle accidents statistics.

According to 2020 annual traffic crash data, a total of 38,824 lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide – the highest number of fatalities since 2007.

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Impaired Driving: The Sobering Facts

Impaired Driving: The Sobering Facts

Impaired Driving

There is no question that impaired driving is a serious safety risk on our roads. Consuming any substance, whether it is alcohol, prescription medications, or illicit drugs, has an impact on your driving skills. It slows your coordination, judgment, and reaction times makes drivers more aggressive and reckless, and leads to extreme drowsiness, all of which puts everyone on the road in harm’s way.

Bottom line, the decision to drive while impaired is truly one of gross negligence.

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