Automobile Accidents

Why Car Accidents Occur

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents happen because of many reasons, but some reasons are more common than others. Below is a list of the most common reasons why they occur. It is important to know these reasons so you can avoid them and prevent traffic accidents.

Driver Error
Errors on the part of the driver are one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. The error can come in many forms, such as failure to follow traffic rules and regulations, poor maneuvering techniques, particularly in changing lanes and turning, and not being mindful of the other motorists around them. Errors can be unintentional, but it doesn’t change the fact that it can be a form of driving negligence.

Driver Recklessness
If errors can be unintentional, recklessness are often deliberate. Drivers tend to distract themselves because they are too complacent that nothing bad is going to happen. They use their mobile devices, eat snacks, and daydream. These things put their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the act of driving. They drive while under the influence of alcohol, speed, and participate in street racing. This problem is serious enough that there are legal professionals out there who help those who have been injured by reckless drivers, such as this Destin car accident lawyer.

Vehicle Defects
Equipment defects, such as in airbags, tires, seat belts, door latches, and mirrors, are known to cause accidents as well. Sometimes, defects occur because of the driver’s poor maintenance of their vehicle. But there are known instances where the manufacturer itself is to blame for its defective products. This is a more tragic case, because an unsuspecting driver may be involved in an accident despite his diligence.

Road Hazards
Sometimes, the road and its elements become the cause of accidents as well. The most common elements are defects, such as potholes, improper drainage systems, debris, tree branches, crossing animals, and other possible obstructions. Malfunctioning traffic lights and poor street lighting are also known to cause collisions.

Weather Conditions
The weather is one of the most overlooked causes of car crashes. Rainy weather can make the road more slippery, potentially triggering an accident. Fog and snow may affect the visibility of the area, which is important to avoid colliding with other motorists and other obstacles such as barriers and guardrails.

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Your Legal Duty to Care for the Safety of Everyone on the Road, Whether You are a Driver or a Rider

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Most motorcycle accidents and crashes involve riders who never received formal riding education. Rather than learning how to properly ride a motorbike in a riding school, these people believed that learning from friends or kin was enough. Motorcycling, however, is not just learning how to balance or how to maneuver a motorbike through traffic; the top priority is learning how to ride it safely.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 112,000 reports of motorcycle accidents in 2012: of these, 4,957 were fatal, while 93,000 resulted to serious injuries. While the number of motorcycles on the road keeps increasing every year, the number of accidents is to increase more likely as well, as long as there are those who choose not to learn how to ride the proper way.

Of the types of motorcycle accidents, single vehicle accidents are the most common. Their causes include riding while impaired by alcohol or illegal drug, riding too fast even during poor weather conditions, and failure to brake and maneuver properly, especially while rounding a corner. Due to these cause, motorcyclists losing their balance and crashing into road fixtures or being thrown off from their bikes are not uncommon sights.

Though less common, multiple-vehicle crashes result to more serious injuries and fatalities. Multiple-vehicle crashes involve another vehicle, such as a car. Of this type of accident, the worst is head-on collision, which often occurs in undivided rural highways and wherein one vehicle (either the motorbike or the other vehicle) happens to travel on the wrong side of the road.

Most multiple-vehicle crashes occur because many drivers fail to notice approaching motorcyclists or because many drivers deny motorcyclists their right of way. Despite actual crashes that verify these situations, many drivers continue to blame motorcycle riders, saying that they often careen in and out of traffic, putting their own and other motorists’ lives at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affirms through crash studies that in multiple-vehicle crashes motorcycle riders are more susceptible to injuries or death due to the absence of whatever may protect them from the force of impact during collision. Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can actually be enough to permanently alter victims’ lives besides causing them emotional and physical trauma. Nothing can be more painful, however, if it turns out that the accident occurred simply because the one at fault acted recklessly or negligently.

Negligence or the irresponsible actions of others are also cited by the law firm Ritter & Associates as the reasons behind many crashes that result to very serious injuries, such as brain head trauma, spinal cord damage, broke bones, lacerations, scarring, and internal organ damage. There is no excuse for reckless behavior on the road; thus, anyone who acts recklessly or negligently and causes a motorcycle accident to occur, may be held liable for the repercussions.

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Federal Rules Aimed at Reducing the Number of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Automobile Accidents | 1 comment

Delivering tons of important cargo that keep businesses operational and the US economy subsistent (well, despite the few setbacks in the past), is one of the major roles played by 18-wheelers all across the nation. Big rigs accomplish a unique task which no other type of vehicle can. Yet, even with the central role 18-wheelers play in the US economy, the Jacksonville-based Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie, still caution other motorists against the significant safety risks posed by these vehicles. An 18-wheeler accident can have a devastating effect on the life of any victim – an effect that can change the life of the victim, and his/her family, forever.

It is the responsibility of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the US Department of Transportation, to ensure the compliance of the commercial trucking industry with federal safety standards. Thus, as part of its program to guarantee safety in the motor carrier transport system, FMCSA has embarked on a stricter campaign in implementing federal rules that directly affect everyone in the trucking industry chain – that means truck drivers, employers and manufacturers of truck parts.

With regard to licensing, for instance, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 mandates that all applicants for a commercial driver’s license should possess the skills required to operate a commercial vehicle; they must also pass the tests prepared by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which is administered by the state or any accredited testing facility, before being issued a license. The Safety Act also orders the removal of unqualified and unsafe drivers from the highway.

Besides hiring only qualified drivers, trucking companies, on their part, should also apply the FMCSA-implemented maximum hours of service (HOS) for all their drivers. The FMCSA states that drivers can drive only up to 11 hours maximum, which is part of their 14-hour duty, followed by an off-duty period of 10 consecutive hours. This stipulation is to make sure that drivers never suffer fatigue or sleepiness, one of the major causes of so many truck accidents in the past.

The government also has its eyes on manufacturers of trucks and truck parts, such as tires and brakes, both of which contribute a lot to a truck’s performance, especially during emergency cases. One manufacturer has even gone beyond government stipulations, taking the initiative of installing extra safety features in its trucks, some of which include the Cornering Lights, which provides drivers with an enhanced visibility of the sides of the truck, the Stretch Brake, for maximum steering capability, especially when driving downhill, and the Auto Brake, which stops the vehicle automatically to avoid, or lessen the impact, of rear-end collision.

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