When you think about distracted driving, it's easy to see the problem. Someone who is not focused on the road is at greater risk of causing an accident through their own inattention. Naturally, then, you may wonder if there is a link between a disorder like ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and the odds of a crash.
People often try to think about all the different things they can do to reduce the odds of getting in a traffic accident. They buy cars with backup cameras and blind spot monitors. They increase their following distances and always obey the speed limit. They avoid driving on the weekends, when DUI crashes are more common.
In today's day and age, it may be difficult to tell a drunk from a distracted driver. Both drive very erratically at times. The drunk motorist operates their vehicle while intoxicated by either drugs or alcohol. The distracted one drives while under the influence of overstimulation from music, eating, cellphone use, texting, conversations, shaving, getting dressed or doing their hair or makeup. As you might imagine, both intoxication and distractions can result in poor outcomes for motorists.
Hit-and-run accidents happen all the time in the United States, and one of the biggest questions that researchers have is simple: Why? Why do people who know they should stay at the scene of the crash, still decide to leave? Why do they risk it even though it's a crime and they are only making the situation worse for themselves once they're caught?
Motor vehicle crashes happen every day. Some types of accidents occur more frequently than others. National Safety Council (NSC) data shows that over 40% of motor vehicle deaths result from a collision between two motor vehicles. Those same statistics show that over one-quarter of vehicular fatalities occur by a car colliding with a fixed object. Vehicles barreling into pedestrians is the third most common cause of traffic fatalities, followed by a non-collision like a rollover.
If you suffer injuries in a car accident and get taken to the hospital, one of the questions you will likely have is how long you're going to need to stay in the medical center. Every day that you're there increases your eventual hospital bill and the financial impact of the accident.
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are a far too common occurrence. Individuals may flee the scene of a Baton Rouge accident for various reasons. A motorist may have a suspended license, no insurance or a warrant out for their arrest. Whatever their reasons for fleeing the scene of the accident, a driver leaves you in a precarious position when they do so.
Drivers have long been taught to put their hands at the 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel, but this isn't the recommended positioning any longer. If your vehicle has an air bag and you're in an accident with your hands at 10 and 2, you could face some serious injuries because of the air bag deployment.
If your bike rides take you out of your neighborhood and onto busy streets (and maybe even highways), it's wise to keep in mind that drivers may not be as conscientious about sharing the road with you as they are in areas with clearly marked bike lanes.
Probably the most frightening thing you can encounter on a Louisiana highway is a driver who is traveling in the wrong direction toward you. That nightmare scenario killed a 20-year-old Morganza man earlier this month. A 26-year-old man, also from Morganza, has been charged with negligent homicide.