Next week, September 6-12, has been designated Brake Safety Week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is an agency in the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is also partnering in the national campaign. As part of the outreach, inspectors across the country will inspect brake systems on trucks and buses.
Texting while driving is banned for all drivers in Alabama, but a survey released earlier this year suggests that drivers throughout the country are still not getting the message that using a handheld device while behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
In our previous post, we looked at some of the statistics concerning the rate of fatality in car accidents here in Alabama. As we saw, the fatality rate in this state is significantly higher than the national average, and a big reason for this is the lack of appropriate, nearby medical care in rural areas.
Car accidents are ubiquitous and drivers take a risk of becoming involved in a crash wherever they travel. That being said, there are some states where the risk is higher than others. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Alabama is among the most dangerous places to travel in the nation, though this requires a bit of explanation.
In our last post, we began speaking about the risks sleep medications present for motorists because of how they affect driver alertness. One of the questions this discussion raises is how far liability would extend when a motorist is involved in an accident as a result of using sleeping medications, or any other medication.
Most bikers are aware of the risk of injury they face by getting on the roadway, and are more or less okay with it. Some cyclists choose to wear helmets and some do not, according to personal taste. From a safety perspective, of course, it is better to be safe and wear a helmet than to take a risk and be sorry for it when a mishap occurs.
Many of our readers know somebody who routinely takes sleeping pills or themselves take sleeping pills, at least on occasion. As an aid for getting better rest at night, such medication may work well, but there are certain risks, as with every drug. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Washington, increased risk of getting in a car accident may be one of these risks.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, from inclement weather to aggressive driving. Whenever an accident occurs, it is important for those harmed by the accident to understand their legal rights when it comes to compensation. This, of course, is the purpose of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Of all the highway safety issues we face nowadays, the one that is spoken of perhaps the most is distracted driving. As readers know, distracted driving can come in many forms. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving distractions can be classified into several groups: visual, cognitive and manual. Distractions stemming from cell phone use are probably the most common and can involve all three categories of distraction.
It may be hard for some to imagine but technology is playing a greater role in vehicle safety each and every year. Several decades ago the notion of collision avoidance systems likely seemed like an idea that could never actually come to fruition. Despite this, because of the belief that such systems could prevent injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, the technology now does exist.