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Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving

31 Oct
Happy Halloween, to all of our friends!  As the holiday season approaches, we at GoLaw.com hope you have a fun and stay safe. Thank you to AAAAccidentDataCenter.com and GoPersonalInjury.com for this month’s Driving Safety Article: Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
Friends or phones: Distracted driving leads to 6 out of 10 teen crashes
New idea for keeping teens safe: lock them up until they’re 25.
OK, maybe that’s not reasonable. But in a new report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, analysis of nearly 1,700 videos finds that 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes with teen drivers are caused by a distraction—either friends or phones. The foundation calls it “the most comprehensive research ever” into distracted teen driving. Teens in the U.S. have the highest crash rate of any group, and the AAA report shows that distraction is a much bigger problem than previously realized. Forbes writes,
For the study, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in 1,691 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied. Previous estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes, the group said.
This is a jump from 1 in 10 to 6 in 10, indicating a huge public safety issue. While most countries have a minimum driving age of 18, the U.S. minimum age remains at 16 (or 15 with learner’s permit). While many states have enacted laws about how many teens can be in a car at once, this research indicates that more states may want to follow suit—or pursue stronger laws—in the future. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that, on average, graduated licensing reduces teen crashes 10-30 percent, and they even have a calculator where you can determine how graduated teen driving laws could lower rates of teen fatalities in your state.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., and the AAA report is telling us that most of them may be preventable through tougher restrictions on teen driving. Will legislators listen?
YouTube Video by AAA: Distracted Teens Crash Causation
New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety into distraction and teen crashes. (Courtesy AAA)
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A new study exposes a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Wyatt Andrews reports from Washington with the sobering statistics.
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Don’t be Indifferent to Highway Carnage

18 Jan

Don’t be Indifferent to Highway Carnage
As reported by a number of online news sources like the Sacramento Bee and FairWarning.com: “One of America’s more egregious public health afflictions: deaths and injuries in car crashes, is being massively ignored.”


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This commentary also published by:
TucsonSentinel.com
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Sources report that although there are “more than 30,000 deaths and more than 2.2 million crash injuries per year, highway safety has largely fallen off the political radar screen.”  California Accident Injury Attorney Mark A Doughty reminds us “It is up to us to take care of ourselves and our families by staying prepared and placing safety first.”

“This should be a warning sign to the American people, since political leaders and their families, like the rest of us, are not immune from firsthand encounters with highway tragedies… President Obama’s father died in a car wreck in 1982. In 1972, Vice President (then U.S. Senator) Joseph Biden’s wife and infant child were killed in a car-truck collision. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as a young Mormon missionary, was severely injured in a collision in France that killed another passenger. These experiences mirror those of millions of ordinary Americans, yet they have failed to prod the nation’s policy leaders into aggressive action to stem the carnage.”

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GoLaw.com WARNING: Drive carefully in Winter conditions!

29 Dec

This is a WARNING from http://GoLaw.com Drive carefully in Winter conditions!

A friend sent me a link to this video below which clearly illustrates the dangers of driving on slick, frozen roads.  If even an “Experienced Tow Truck Driver (now Seeking New Position)” can get caught unprepared, each of us need to be especially cautious while driving in Winter conditions such as rain, ice, black ice, and snow.

It appears that this video was shot in a foreign country, but that doesn’t mean these types of accidents can’t or won’t happen here in the United States.  The Weather Channel’s BLOG titled “Driving Safety Tips: Driving in Snow and Ice” on Weather.com states “The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions.”  In the NBCNews.com BLOG titled “10 Tips for Winter Driving”, author Mark Sedenquist (publisher of RoadTrip America) reminds drivers to SLOW DOWN and “reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions.” 

Remember: arriving to your destination safely is the most important thing of all.

This BLOG was Prepared for you by Mark A. Doughty, attorney-at-law who practices solely in the area of injury and accidents including motor vehicle accidents, motorcycles, trucks, vicious animal attacks and slip and fall cases. You may contact Mr. Doughty by visiting his website at http://www.GoLaw.com or call 530-674-1440