Motor vehicle wrecks take place for countless reasons, some of which are quite common (drunk driving accidents, fender benders, and so on), while others involve elements that are unusual. For example, a traffic accident which involves a pedestrian may take place because of the pedestrian’s erratic behavior. Whether you drive near pedestrians or you walk on the road yourself, it is crucial to be aware of this issue and do everything you can to avoid a pedestrian accident.
New York is still reeling after the recent crash of a stretch limousine in upstate New York that resulted in the death of 18 occupants, including the driver and 17 people headed to a birthday party, and two pedestrians. A 2001 Ford Excursion that had been modified into a limo reportedly blew through the stop sign at a T-junction intersection, then struck a parked SUV and the two pedestrians. The limo was operated by Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.
According to federal data, the number of fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks is up 28 percent since 2009. In 2016, 4,300 people were killed in trucking accidents in the United States.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental death among U.S. teens, accounting for one out of three accidental deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partly that is due to teen drivers' inexperience, which makes it more difficult for them to respond effectively during an emergency. They often risk distraction by using their phones while driving, or by driving a group of teen passengers. Sometimes they just take risks.
Despite various improvements in roadway and vehicle safety, the U.S. is on track to reach nearly 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2018, according to preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council. Based on statistics reported by each state, the Council estimates that 18.720 people died on U.S. roads between January and June.
"We want to help everyone get home safely," says the executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). "Humans are always going to make an error. It shouldn't cost them their life."
As our mobile devices become more sophisticated, our opportunity to be continually accessible grows. Our connectivity is addictive, and when we get behind the wheel, it can be difficult to give it up. When we’re speeding down the highway and hear that alluring ping of an incoming message, it’s tempting to pick up our phone.
In 2016, a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds, a large percentage of drivers killed in traffic accidents had some form of cannabis or opioids in their system. Specifically, of those fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs, 43.6 percent tested positive. Of those with positive results, 38 percent tested positive for cannabis, 16 percent for opioids, and 4 for both.
Semi-truck drivers often work long hours with few breaks. Although the hours and days they can work are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, research indicates that driver fatigue remains a serious problem.
Perhaps because of the weather, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As motorcyclists prepare to ride for the season, we should all be aware of the risks and the strategies being used to reduce the risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.