Make Sure You Keep Away from Speeding Drivers

Statistical records from the Traffic Safety Facts of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that speeding-related fatalities from 2003 to 2007 averaged to at least 13,400 yearly; from 2008 to 2012, the yearly average was 10,600. Traffic Safety Facts data also shows that about 74% of the 10,219 speeding-related fatalities in 2012 were males aged between 15 and 24, and that 42 percent of all speeding drivers had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.

The NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if racing, exceeding the posted speed limit, or driving too fast for conditions (or when condition is not totally safe, which is the case when there is road construction going on, mist or fog, or when the road is wet and slippery due to heavy rain or snow) was a contributing factor in the crash.

Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromises the safety of others on the road because it:

  • Reduces a driver’s reaction time to danger;
  • Makes slowing down or stopping the vehicle much harder;
  • Lessens a driver’s control over the vehicle and capability to react to whatever road danger he/she may be faced with; and,
  • Makes driver errors much more dangerous and can turn what may only be near misses into fatal crashes and total wrecks.

People who drive at inappropriate and illegal speeds offer these reasons to justify what can only be described as bad road behavior:

  • Trying to be on time for an appointment or for work;
  • The need to stick to schedules;
  • Not being aware of what the speed limit is;
  • Feeling that they are still driving at safe speed even when driving over the speed limit;
  • Keeping up with slower drivers (those who actually observe the speed limit) causes pressure;
  • They will not be caught anyway or, even if they are caught, any damage they may cause will be handled by their insurance provider.
  • They are still in perfect control of their vehicle despite driving too fast

Aside from increasing chances of car accidents, speeding, and more so, excessive speeding (which is driving more than 40 km/h over the speed limit), significantly affects the consequences of car crashes, so that, other than the possibility of causing major damage to properties, greater speeds can also easily result to severe injuries or death.

Though advances in technology and increased awareness of the importance of safety on the roads have reduced the threat posed to public health and safety by car accidents, Tucson car accident attorneys of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., say that car accidents still remain to be one of the leading causes of serious injury and wrongful death in the United States each year, and the sad truth is that far too many of these accidents could easily have been prevented.

Speeding is just one of the many causes of car accidents identified by the NHTSA. Other causes include auto defects, reckless driving, road defects and drunk driving, among others. Victims, howefer, shouldn’t have to deal with the repercussions and aftermath of accidents on their own if the accident is due to the reckless acts of someone else. With the help of a skilled lawyer, victims can pursue legal action which may enable them to recover compensatory damages resulting from whatever type of injury they sustain.

Tips On How To Prevent Road Rage

Aggressive driving is one of the major causes of car accident fatalities. It is considered as an unsafe driving behavior that could threaten the safety of other drivers. According to a study by the AAA Foundation, aggressive driving accounted for 56 percent of fatal crashes. Traffic presents drivers with several situations to become frustrated and angry. When they let this anger get the best of them, it becomes road rage and may result to the driver harming other drivers.

It is easy to detect when a driver is exhibiting aggressive behavior on the road. Tailgating, speeding, beating the red light—these are telltale signs of an aggressive driver. The website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC reveal that such willful disregard for the safety of others may result to a devastating accident. If you do not keep your emotions in check and get into an argument with the angry driver, you could end up being part of the statistics. Here are some helpful tips on you can prevent road rage:

  1. Don’t offend

If you easily get offended with aggressive behavior, then do not do it. Avoid cutting off other drivers, tailgating, making hand gestures, and other behavior that can easily offend the other driver. You can protect yourself from road rage by simply avoiding these offensive behaviors.

  1. Avoid Engagement

When emotions flare up, chances are the argument can heat up. When you find yourself in this situation, simply avoid the other driver and do not engage them. If you argue with them, it is likely that you can do something that you would regret in the future.

  1. Be Courteous

Another way to prevent road rage is to practice road courtesy. Allowing someone to merge or saying “sorry” when you make a mistake can go a long way in ensuring your safety in the road. Treat other drivers the way you want them to treat you.

Being a responsible driver and respecting others on the road can be your best protection against road rage. Follow these tips and you can look forward to reaching your destination safely.

 

 

Pedestrians and Bicyclists Involved in Car Accidents

Every day we hear about new car accidents that have resulted in a tragic injury or loss. These are not uncommon occurrences, and many seek to avoid these unfortunate scenarios by traveling by foot or by bike. While these are generally safer modes of transportation as they do not require the same speed or heavy machinery associated with car travel, some unfortunately still find themselves in danger. Pedestrians and bicyclists can find themselves in the middle of dangerous car accidents from which they do not have the same protection as the other drivers who have the privilege of being inside a motor vehicle equipped with certain safety features. It is important for pedestrians and cyclist to be aware of the common situations in which this occurs so they can be wary of potentially dangerous drivers and make a point to avoid them.

According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, “pedestrians and cyclists are at a heightened risk of being hit by a car when drivers: fail to stop at red lights, do not slow or stop at crosswalks, take turns too quickly, or are distracted by phones or other electronic devices.” These activities cause distraction or a lack of caution in drivers that makes them a threat not just to other cars, but to pedestrians and cyclists who may cross their paths.

Car accidents can result in tragic injuries for all parties involved. The most dangerous crashes, at times, are the ones which involve victims who are not in a motor vehicle. Accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists are dangerous, and sometimes unavoidable. However, at times these accidents are due to the negligence or distraction of the driver. In these cases, victims of such an accident may be owed certain damages to cope with the financial burden of resulting injuries.

Chrysler Does not “Dodge” Defective Steering Problems

It has been a year since the first stirring sof trouble began to plague American auto maker Chrysler Group LLC when more than 800,000 Dodge Ram trucks 2003 to 2008 models were recalled because of defective steering systems. Since then the total has reached 1.2 million and counting.

The tie rods are pinpointed as the culprit in the system and Chrysler claims that of the recalled vehicles, about 116,000 of them may have this defect which results in an uncontrollable shaking dubbed the “Death Wobble” when the truck was driven in excess of 50 mph under certain circumstances. It is frightening and potentially dangerous, and truck owners have learned firsthand that getting it fixed can take months because of the unavailability of parts.

This is not the first time that Chrysler has had to contend with what they refer to as a “steering shimmy.” Two years ago, the problem came out in its Jeep brand of vehicles, where the term “Jeep Death Wobble” was first coined. Since they are not new to the block, they should have expected that some disgruntled customers would take legal action. And they did.

Chrysler is currently facing a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California (Shaun Sater et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-00700) as well as numerous individual lawsuits. Chrysler had been known to produce reliable and sturdy vehicles, making it the brand of choice for farmers and ranchers that heavily depend on their vehicles. These recent issues have seriously compromised the popularity of Chrysler vehicles, especially the Dodge Ram. Currently, it could be rightly said that its slogan “Guts. Glory. RAM.” continues to be appropriate because it takes guts to drive a truck that wobbles at high speeds, and glory to those who survive.

According to the website of Ritter & Associates, if you own a defective vehicle, you have the right to get compensation for any injury or inconvenience it may have caused you. Contact a personal injury lawyer to understand more about product liability lawsuits.

Will Self-Driving Cars Reduce Car Accidents?

When car accidents happen, usually we look into the possibility of the drivers who would be the cause of the collision.  When two drivers are involved in a car crash, often the blame is to the one who acted negligently, and sometimes even both drivers can be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by the accident. This is often an easy case when it comes to car accidents and determining negligence and compensation, but according to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC from Columbia, SC, this is not always the case. Sometimes, there are cases where defective products and manufacturers errors are the cause of the accident, and this can be one of the most difficult things to fight when going to court.

Technological advances have helped make robotic cars a possibility. Although it may generally be a great advancement for humankind, self-driving cars can lead to confusion when determining who is at-fault for an accident. Robot-controlled vehicles will be making the shift from driver liability to the manufacturers’ liability, because the manufacturer will effectively be the one controlling the vehicle. Fortunately, it has been a widely understood and accepted shift of responsibility, with legal professionals arguing that without any driver, driver’s negligence can’t be used as an argument.

The shift of liability for car accidents has made manufacturers hesitant in adopting the technology. During the 1970’s, manufacturers reluctantly accepted the implementation of airbags in automobiles in fear of facing lawsuits should the airbags fail and cause injury. The responsibility of overseeing the safety on every aspect of the vehicle is too complicated and can become too much of a liability for manufacturers.

Although the possibility of driving robot-controlled vehicles is predicted by scientists to be years away, this is only reserved to autonomous driving – there are vehicles that are self driving, using lane control and self-stopping mechanisms. What manufacturers and scientist are working on, together with the help of the government, is ensuring that these cars will be safe.