Car Accidents: Not Just Statistical Data

A study conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies shows that teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than adults. But rather than poor weather condition, drowsy driving, vehicle malfunction and aggressive driving as being the major factors for the crashes, the study revealed three critical teen driver errors which were most common in the more than 800 accidents that were analyzed:

  • Not enough road scanning. One very important ability that experienced drivers have developed overtime is keen observation of the vehicle’s surroundings (sides and the road ahead) instead of just the very few meters of road fronting the car’s hood. This is one skill that will help and allow teen drivers to detect and respond to possible hazards up ahead.
  • Driving too fast for road conditions. Rather than driving at controllable speed, many teen drivers prefer faster driving, which only reduces their capability to successfully navigate a curve or respond to other motorists.
  • Driving distractions. Though getting distracted while behind the wheel is a common fault among all drivers, teens, obviously, are still the kind of drivers who get distracted more easily. Eating, grooming, adjusting or operating an electronic device, talking with friends, turning the radio’s volume to full blast and, worst, texting or talking with someone using a cell phone, are just some of the very common distractions teens are often guilty of.

Some of the other errors committed by young drivers include failure to use signal lights, tailgating, not slowing down or stopping when making a turn, improperly overtaking another vehicle, making sudden lane changes, beating the red light (according to the National Safety Council, this is the fourth most common cause of accidents resulting from driver error), and failure to use the seat belt, a car safety feature that has saved thousands of lives in the past.

Driver error, which includes all forms of distracted driving, is always an act of negligence and, thus, a totally preventable thing. About 81% of all car accidents, which number to more than five million every year, are due to driver negligence – an act that may require the liable party to compensate his or her victim.

It would seem that many drivers have failed (and still fail) to see car accidents as more than mere statistical data. They may probably never really realize the tragic effects of these accidents on victims’ lives, unless they be the ones to end up as victims. Any Oklahoma personal injury lawyer is likely to have experience with how negligence, no matter who commits it or where it is committed, can always be a source of danger. If one cannot respect others’ lives, then what right does he or she have to ask or demand respect from others?

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Steps to Follow if Your Car Breaks Down while Driving

Stalling on the highway is extremely dangerous, however there are steps drivers can follow to put themselves in a safer situation. If there is traffic or no traffic, or if traveling on a road or a highway, drivers should be aware of their surroundings in order to protect themselves.

According to the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, car manufacturers should provide a certain standard of safety when selling cars to the public. However, cars can malfunction. These malfunctions are especially threatening if cars stop working during operation. If this happens, steps to take include coasting along the shoulder, staying in your car, and alerting other drivers of the situation.

Coasting along the shoulder will prevent rear-ending accidents, and give the driver a better view of traffic behind. Once the car starts again, drivers can get back into the lane easier because they can see all approaching traffic.

If the driver gets out of the car, they put themselves at risk of being hit by another car. Although sitting in the unmoving car seems daunting, it is much safer than getting out. If possible, put on flashers so that highway patrol can come help.

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, alert other drivers of the situation. If approaching cars don’t realize what is happening, they can rear-end the stalled car. This can cause a chain reaction, and soon a portion of the highway is involved in the accident. Ways to alert other cars are waving something out of the window, honking, flashing lights, and putting on emergency blinkers.

When a car stalls, the driver is never completely safe. However, if these guidelines are followed, you can better protect yourself from injury.

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The Effects of Truck Accidents

Truckers have it hard; being on the road all the time, working long hours, and being away from family. A lot of things call for compromise when you choose to be a truck driver, although the payout is enough to compensate for it. Truckers carry heavy loads from one point to another, more often covering long distances in order to deliver an order. The demand for delivery and long working hours is among the main reasons why there are truck accidents in many of the roads in the U.S.

When a truck driver gets involved in a collision or accident while on the job, their injuries are covered by worker’s compensation regardless of where the accident had taken place. Since the majority of these truck accidents happen away from the employer’s main office, it would help to have legal representation, such as Williams Kherkher who has represented many victims in these types of accidents, to assist in filing for worker’s compensation. The long distances can be a hindrance in acquiring the necessary financial aid to cover for the medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and other damages.

Aside from the worker’s compensation, a truck driver can also file for a claim versus the other driver or insurance company for physical and emotional pain and suffering. This can be pursued if the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence or recklessness, and particularly if the accident resulted in a permanent disability. When it comes to personal injury claims against a third party, it is necessary to prove that negligence is the cause of the accident and injury; on the other hand, worker’s compensation can be given even if the accident was caused by you.

For those who choose to claim both worker’s compensation and personal injury – it should be noted that these two have different time requirement for filing. Worker’s compensation should be file immediately (within a matter of days), otherwise the employer may have a defense against providing for your claim. Likewise, personal injury claims can be filed for up to five years (depending on which state), and when evidence of a permanent disability are really apparent.

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