Young Drivers are the Ones most Guilty of Speeding and Aggressive Driving

One scary thing about driving is the irresponsibility of many drivers on the road. Car crashes continue to injure millions of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users every year. More than 30,000 also continue to lose their lives in fatal crashes which, if only drivers were more careful and concerned about safety, then road crashes would have been avoided.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one major cause of car crashes is speeding. With 33% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes being due to speeding (this translates to about 13,000 lives lost every year), it has now become the third leading cause of accidental death on the road.

Speeding , or driving at excessive speed, can either mean driving above the set speed limit or driving too fast for certain road conditions, like a wet and slippery road, a road covered in mist or fog, or when there is road construction going on. The ones most guilty of speeding, as shown through different crash analyses, are young drivers – those aged between 17 and 24 years old.

Another study reveals that many of those guilty of speeding do not suppose that driving at fast speed is dangerous; neither do they think that speeding is a serious traffic violation. And while other speedsters may be aware of the risk of accident speeding causes, the excuse they give for their bad road behavior is their being insured anyway so that, in the event of an accident, damages will be taken care of by their insurance providers.

Driving faster increases the possibility of a driver losing control of his/her vehicle. It also increases the force of impact in a crash, resulting to more serious injuries, probably even death.

Aggressive drivers often exceed the speed limit as they weave in traffic, cut others off, zoom up on other cars from behind, and tailgate. This type of driving is often accompanied by other types of rude and dangerous behavior, such as cursing, using obscene gestures, and failing to signal.

If you have been seriously hurt in a car crash or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries against the person who caused the accident, the company or government entity responsible for causing or failing to repair a hazardous road condition, or a manufacturer of a defective vehicle or one of its parts.

Some of the damages that may potentially be recovered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost earnings and earning potential
  • Expenses for household services you can no longer perform
  • Cost of transportation and childcare for medical appointments
  • Cost of assistive devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological disturbance
  • Loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)

 

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Design and Manufacturing Defects in Automobiles

Our car is one of the most important products in our lives and one that we rightfully expect to be entirely safe. Unfortunately, cars can become defective or even sold to us with a defect risking our or our family’s safety. Sadly, negligent car manufacturers often know of the defects or failed to take the proper precautions to prevent them, putting drivers of the vehicle and other drivers at the road at increased risk for an accident.

There are two common kinds of defects that can occur in an automobile. The first is known as a design defect and occurs when there is an inherent problem in the vehicle’s design, making every car in the product line defective. This can include a brake pad that tends to go out over time or an airbag that fails to deploy during accidents. The other most common kind of defect is a manufacturing defect, which is when a flaw in a vehicle is not related to the design, but rather a problem when the vehicle was being made. Although they may not occur in every vehicle in a line, manufacturing defects can include an improperly installed car battery or a cracked window. When either of these defects occur and cause injury to the driver of the vehicle or another on the road, lawsuits can often be filed against the car manufacturer as they can often be held responsible for the defective products they distribute, according to http://www.shw-law.com/. Accidents caused by defects can not only lead to extensive medical and auto repair bills, but emotional and physical turmoil.

Automobiles should be held to the upmost safety standards and we should trust automobile manufacturers to release viable products to the public. When automobile companies violate this trust, the effects can be devastating. Driving should never be made more dangerous due to a design or manufacturing defect in a vehicle.

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What are the Most Causes Common Motorcycle Accidents?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) emphasizes the dangers of motorcycle accidents by reporting that there are 26 times more fatalities in crashes involving motorcycles than cars. According to the webpage of the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, this alarming number is mostly due to the fact that motorcyclists aren’t as well protected as drivers and passengers riding in other vehicles.

The first step to preventing these fatalities is ensuring motorcycle accidents are prevented through taking necessary safety precautions. To help in that regard, we have listed some of the most common reasons why motorcycle accidents occur. Learning more about the following incidents can help motorcyclists avoid potentially dangerous scenarios.

  • Sudden stop collisions aren’t as dangerous for cars and other larger vehicles as they are for motorcycles. Rear-ending a vehicle can cause a motorcyclist to fall off their bikes.
  • The size and speed of motorcycles contribute to the risk of accidents occurring on the road. Collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles happen mostly because the riders are hidden by blind spots.
  • Motorcycle accidents can also occur due to road conditions and mechanical defects or malfunction. A motorcycle can skid on the road due to slippery roads. It can also go off-track due to a busted tire.
  • Motorcycle accidents are also caused by collisions with open car doors. This is especially common in residential streets and urban areas where drivers might leave their car doors open for a significant amount of time.

Fatalities aren’t the only cause of concern regarding the motorcycle accidents listed above. When a motorcyclist survives an accident, he can still come out of the incident with some pretty serious injuries. According to the website of The Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, motorcycle accidents typically result in injuries like road rash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage.

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