As you may be aware, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. As the holiday is fast approaching, it is a good time to remind others to take care as they plan their Thanksgiving holiday travel. According to USA Today, "During each Thanksgiving week from 2005-2010, the average number of traffic fatalities nationwide was 798; for all other weeks, the average was 748, according to a new University of Alabama analysis of federal data on road deaths." Additionally, car crashes, in general, tend to rise to about 25% above the average on Thanksgiving as compared to other days during the year.
Have you ever wondered how many tractor-trailer and large vehicle accidents occur on the road each year? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled data from 1975-2014 to track trends in vehicle safety and crashes. Here are some of the highlights of their findings:
Summer is a prime time for families to hit the road and enjoy the American tradition of a summer road trip vacation. Often, we share the roads with large tractor-trailers. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers of these trucks are not following best safety practices. These drivers are sometimes engaged in dangerous habits, such as distracted driving and operating their truck while fatigued. Equally as alarming is a recent study that was highlighted by Reuters. According their article, truck drivers across countries sometimes also take illegal drugs and then drive their vehicles. This information, compiled via drivers self-reports and through results of drug testings, found that " about half [of truck drivers] admitted to drinking and driving and 30 percent admitted to using amphetamines, on average. The numbers varied greatly from country to country." However, the article also noted that "One U.S. study had the highest frequency of positive alcohol tests worldwide, at 12.5 percent."
Heads up, everyone! A new state law went into effect this past week. Called the "Ride on Red" law, it allows PA drivers to go through some red lights. The law states that if a stop light isn't responsive and if no one else is coming around you, you can legally drive through the intersection on the red light. It's consider a common sense law to alleviate some problems in vehicles that can't be detected by the existing red light system, such as motorcycles. Use common sense and caution when taking advantage of this law!
Commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents . Often, these commercial drivers are fatigued and are driving above the mandated allotment of hours. Additionally, many of them are driving large vehicles that are not up to federal and state safety standards. As a result, passengers and other vehicles often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a resulting collision. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, please contact our law office for a consultation at no cost to you at the Law Offices of Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.
We're not out of the danger zone for holiday accidents yet! Please be safe, responsible, and alert when traveling between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Recently, a May 2015 car accident was back in the news again. This Logan Township accident grabbed the attention of many because it involved the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. According to news reports, a car was driving along a road when it hit another car that had pulled off to the side of the road with its hazard lights on. The driver of the parked car, the aforementioned pregnant woman, was struck by the oncoming car. She and her baby died at the hospital soon after. The driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck was coming home from a bar and had a BAC of 0.104 at the scene. A crash reconstructionist involved in the case said that the driver had more than enough time to react and avoid the woman on the side of the road.
For everyone who lives in our law firm's region of Central Pennsylvania (Altoona, Roaring Spring, Bedford, Tyrone, etc.) please be aware that there has been an unusually high number of car accidents on Route 36 in Roaring Spring! Please, take extra care when traveling on this road to keep yourself and fellow drivers safe. To read more about this trend, please see the news article here.
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