Auto Accidents

4 Ways to Help Keep Yourself Safe When Driving Alone

Most fatal car accidents happen with just a single driver. Here’s how to make sure you don’t find yourself involved in a serious, or even fatal, accident.
Did you know 58% of police-reported fatal accidents involve only one vehicle?

To add to that, 40% of fatal accidents are caused by collisions with fixed objects or don’t include a collision at all (example: a rollover).

So even when you’re driving alone, without any distractions, you still have a serious risk of an auto accident.

When you’re driving alone, what can you do to keep yourself safe and minimize your risk?

Here’s what to remember:
Keep Your Car Maintained
Healthy maintenance includes keeping your gas tank full. Fill up when your tank’s half empty rather than almost bone dry.

Have your tires checked and rotated so you always keep good control. Have your fluids checked and filled with every oil change.

When you’re aware of a maintenance issue, have it fixed […]

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Seniors Can Avoid Becoming Pedestrian Accident Victims

People age 65 and older account for nearly 20% of all pedestrian fatalities. Learn how to stay safe as a senior pedestrian in a society of constantly distracted drivers.
According to NHTSA data, one pedestrian dies as a victim of a car accident every 1.5 hours (2016).

Further, 2012 data reveals seniors account for a whopping 19.7% of all such fatalities.

So, seniors (defined as those 65 and older) are clearly highly vulnerable to losing their lives when acting as pedestrians.

If you’re a senior citizen, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Fortunately, you have a lot you can do to keep yourself safe:
Be Seen
If possible, avoid walking in low-light conditions altogether. Walking at dusk or dawn makes you hard to see, and drivers won’t even necessarily expect to see you.

So, walk when it’s bright and sunny out.

However, if you have to walk at certain times, wear bright, reflective clothing that makes you […]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

3 Unexpected Ways Older Drivers Get Involved in Fatal Accidents

Senior citizens get involved in car accidents in more ways than you realize. Learn the risks, and how you can keep yourself safe.
You’ve heard the stats.

Teens and senior citizens are the most dangerous and vulnerable drivers.

But, what may surprise you about older drivers is the nature of the accidents they find themselves involved in.

Take a look at the below to understand what I mean:
Motorcycle Fatalities Have Skyrocketed
Some driving instructors jokingly call these adrenaline-inducing vehicles “murdercycles.”

But just how dangerous are they?

According to 2015 data from the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities among older drivers increased an astounding 142% from 2006-2015.

Take action: Of course, you guarantee your safety if you don’t even own a motorcycle. But, we’re probably not going to get you to do that.

The leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities include cars making left turns, lane splitting, the motorcyclist speeding or driving under the influence, and motorcyclists hitting road hazards or fixed […]

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Why Male Drivers Are More Vulnerable to Car Accidents (And What You Can Do)

Motor vehicle crash fatality rates are higher among males in every age group (according to NHTSA data).
You’ve probably heard it said that men are more likely than women to get involved in car accidents.

But those stats give you perspective!

And it explains why car insurance rates are higher for men.

Crazy story: one guy in Alberta, Canada actually changed his gender to save $1100 annually on car insurance. It turns out that, in Canada, gender is a state of mind. So you have to simply go through some paperwork to indicate that you identify as a woman (rather than getting an operation).

Anyway, here’s why men get injured or involved in car accidents more often than women:

Men wear their seatbelt 10% less often than women (according to eSurance)
In fatal car accidents caused by speeding, men (25%) were more likely than women (15%) to speed (NHTSA)
In 2013, the FBI reported 536,202 […]

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How to Stop Your Need to Text While Driving

You know the dangers of texting while driving, but how do you actually stop doing it? It’s much simpler than you think, even if it seems impossible. Learn some easy ways you can put an end to texting while driving.
47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban texting while driving says the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

It’s hard for people to come to agreement on any issue. So when you have 47 of 50 states agreeing on action towards any social problem, you know it’s clearly a valid concern.

And states do this for good reason. Studies frequently show texting while driving is just as or more dangerous than driving drunk.

One study quoted in the New York Times found texting while driving increases your chances of an accident 23 times.

Could you imagine chugging several beers, hopping in your car with your kids, and then telling them, […]

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Can You Reduce or Eliminate Phone Use While Driving?

Cell phone use while driving remains a leading cause of car accidents and fatalities. How can you stop yourself, or your family member, from using the phone while driving? It’s actually simple.
I’m not going to preach to you about the dangers of using your phone while driving.

You know them. You’ve heard the stats so many times you can’t stand them anymore.

Besides, the problem isn’t knowledge or awareness.

The problem involves taking action.

Why don’t you, or maybe one of your family members, stop doing this behavior, despite knowledge that it puts you at more risk for a fatal accident than driving drunk?

That’s the tough question. And it governs human behavior in all facets. Every one of us does something we know isn’t good for our health or in our best interest, rationalizing it won’t actually happen.

So what do you do to overcome that thinking?

Well, I have some possible solutions for you. See […]

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

A Quick Guide to Car Accident Law in Road Work Zones 

What happens when you get in a car accident in a road work zone in Texas? Learn how this plays out in this article from Mullen & Mullen.
You never want to get into a car accident, but if there’s any place you really don’t want to be involved in an accident, it’s in a work zone.

That’s because fines double in work zones. However, work zones must have signs clearly designating them for that purpose, and workers must be present. That said, fines can easily skyrocket.
What’s the leading cause of accidents and citations?
Speeding.

That comes straight from the Texas DOT.

You’d think construction workers would most frequently experience severe injuries and fatalities.

However, that may not be the case.

85% of the 4,400 people who died in work zone accidents were actually the passengers or drivers of vehicles, says Federal Highway Administration data. And drivers lose their lives more frequently than passengers.
How You Can Show […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How the Shortage of Truckers Skyrockets Your Safety Risk

The trucking industry faces an employee shortage that rises to crisis levels. Here’s how that puts you at greater risk when you drive.
Driving a truck (of any kind) for a living is the seventh most dangerous profession, leading to 24.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2016.

918 truck drivers lost their lives in 2016, while 80,180 experienced “nonfatal” injuries, says a USA Today article.

Of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, truck-driving employs the most workers at around 3 million.

“Overexertion and bodily reaction” are the most common causes of accidents.

And, analysts believe companies are short 60,000 – 100,000 drivers, which could triple by 2026. This has prompted the proposal of the Drive-SAFE Act in Congress, which aims to lower the legal age to drive trucks to 18 (from 21).
Why the shortage?
Working and lifestyle conditions. Truck drivers have to sit for long hours, which gets hard on your body. They don’t see […]

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

In-Depth Data Shows How Pedestrians Get Injured in Car Accidents

Avoid becoming the victim of a negligent motorist. Learn how car accidents involving pedestrians happen so you can prevent injuries to you and your family.
If you had to guess, how many pedestrians died from car accidents in 2004?

Got your guess?

Was it anywhere near 4,641?

What about the same question for injuries? About how many people would you guess were injured in car accidents in 2004?

It’s around 70,000.

Globally, car accidents and pedestrian injuries cost around $500 billion.

By the way, this data comes from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a part of the National Institute of Mental Health.

So, it’s pretty much as reliable as you can get.

Now, of those injuries and crashes, how many would you guess happen in the US?

Do we account for less or more than 50% of the total damage?

Well, recent data from the Association for Safe International Road Travel suggests that $230.6 billion of that $500 billion in […]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Texas Auto Fatalities Jumped Up 10% in 2017

3,721 people died on Texas roads and highways in 2017, marking a 10% increase from the previous year, reports the Insurance Council of Texas.
Why?

“Alcohol, speeding and distracted driving remain the major factors in the majority of accidents on our roadways today,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Council.

So, that’s the perfect recipe for dying (or even serious injury) on Texas’ roadways: drink too much, drive distracted by messing around on your smartphone or with your car’s fancy dashboard, and speed.

Please don’t seriously do any of that!

While Texas has a law that bans texting and driving, “distracted driving” actually refers to a number of common behaviors that take your attention off the road:

Talking on your phone
Eating
Putting on makeup
Adjusting or optimizing your phone’s app
Talking to others in your vehicle
Adjusting any gadget on your car’s dashboard
Prescription or street drug abuse
Drinking any alcohol before driving
[…]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments