Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident. You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be. According to a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed. However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk. The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks. These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.
Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road. However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road. Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:
Are you planning on driving somewhere to celebrate during our Fourth of July holiday? It is important to be especially cautious during this holiday time period. Others who are out celebrating may be be driving under the influence and/or making other similarly unsafe choices. In an effort to keep yourself safe on the road, here are some tips from a local news article out of New Bern, NC:
Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur? How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.
Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident? A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results. According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat. Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors. Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury. Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers. Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too. Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision. Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.
Enjoy your holiday weekend, but remember to be safe on the road, too. Memorial Day weekend is an especially dangerous weekend for driving on Pennsylvania roads. Data from prior years shows a marked increase in car-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the state during this holiday weekend from Friday afternoon-Monday evening. For example, in 2015, the state police were called in to investigate over 700 accidents. Out of these accidents, there were 13 deaths and almost 250 injuries. The majority of these accidents were alcohol-related. On top of investigating accidents, the state police made over 450 DUI arrests and cited over 1,000 people for not wearing their seatbelts. Over 300 adults were cited for not having children in proper safety seats, too.
Summer driving is just around the corner! As you drive to go on vacation, visit family and friends, and enjoy outdoor gatherings, are you being safe while driving, too? According to national statistics, the months of July and August are two of the months that are most highly correlated with car accidents and car-related deaths. Additionally, teenage drivers are especially at risk for accidents during these months, too.
Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country. Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%. The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before. For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry.
Sometimes, general trends for certain types of lawsuits come and go. However, in the world of personal injury, there are several big areas that tend to make up the bulk of personal injury claims. Can you guess what they are?