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Automobile Accidents

Railroad Crossing Risks and Driver Safety Tips

Railroad Crossing Risks

More than 2,200 rail grade crossing collisions occurred across our country’s approximately 140,000 miles of railroad track in 2018.

And, in 2018 alone:

  • 270 people were killed at railroad crossings. Over the five years of 2014-2018, there were 798 fatalities involving motor vehicles at railroad crossings.
  • 99 people were killed because a driver went around a lowered gate, marking a 10-year high.

According to Operation Lifesaver, a driver or passenger is about 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in a collision with another vehicle.

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Two Winter Driving Hazards to Watch Out For

Winter Driving hazards

Roughly, ¼ of auto accidents are caused by adverse weather.

The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,836 deaths and 136,309 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2005 and 2014.

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Texting and Driving Statistics Show Distracted Driving Risks

Texting while driving statistic

Smartphones allow us to be connected all the time no matter where we are, including behind the wheel of a vehicle. This means that far too many drivers have the potential of driving distracted, and the statistics paint an alarming picture, too, with cell phone usage accounting for 14% of fatal driver distracted crashes in 2017.

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Poor Road Design & Maintenance Can Lead to Accidents

poor road design maintenance

As a driver, you trust that the roads you drive on day in and day out have been designed and are maintained for your safe passage. Unfortunately, accidents happen. Cars skid, slide, run off the road down embankments, collide with other vehicles and more.

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Dangerous Highway Defects Can Cause Accidents

Highway Defects, Potholes

Car accidents are caused by many things: poor driving behavior and habits, defective parts, improperly loaded large commercial trucks, alcohol impairment, night driving and the list goes on. The road you’re driving on could also be the reason. Dangerous road conditions contribute to thousands of car accidents every year.

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Keeping Children Safe In and Around Cars

Preventing Injuries to Kids

Every hour, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. More children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Determining Fault

Multi Vehicle Accident

When an accident involves three or more vehicles, how do you determine who is at fault or liable?

Multi-vehicle accidents often happen when three or more vehicles hit each other in a “chain” of rear-end accidents. Typically, we assume that the driver who does the rear-ending is at-fault, but that is not necessarily the case in a chain reaction accident.

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Common Delayed Accident Symptoms

common delayed accident symptoms

When you have been in a car accident, sometimes serious and even life-threatening injuries are not always visible immediately. What you may not realize is that your body may be in shock and not registering what is wrong. In fact, it is not uncommon for symptoms to show up hours or days, sometimes even weeks, after an accident.

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Semi-Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

SemiTruck Accident with Car

Approximately, 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in automotive accidents involving semi-trucks. Large commercial truck accidents tend to be more complex than those that occur between standard passenger vehicles.

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What Makes Driving at Night More Dangerous?

Night Driving

Night time driving is a must for anyone who works second and third shifts as well as for those who are taking care of day-to-day activities or who just want to enjoy the evening with family and friends.

Unfortunately, driving gets more dangerous as the light fades. While we only do one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. In fact, more than 40,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2016 (according to Injury Facts).

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