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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

What is defensive driving?

Aggressive driving behaviors are not only inconsiderate, they also lead to a greater risk of accident and injury. That’s why all motorists should utilize defensive driving tactics, which entail remaining aware of your surroundings at all times and following traffic laws to the letter. Esurance offers a few examples of defensive driving behaviors and how they can benefit you.

Taking a look at improper lane usage

On the road, there are all sorts of hazards that can lead to a fatal crash or seriously injured victims, such as icy roads. However, many wrecks are caused by a person’s carelessness or irresponsible behavior, which includes speeding, getting behind the wheel after drinking and so on. Lane usage is another important aspect of safe driving and sadly, some people fail to use lanes properly. Improper lane usage puts lives at risk, including the lives of those who fail to follow traffic safety guidelines.

What should I do in a hit and run accident?

As a driver in New Orleans, being involved in any kind of accident is usually stressful. Hit and run accidents are particularly so, as you may not be able to find the responsible motorist in order to file an accident claim and receive compensation for damage. However, there are steps you can take to seek justice while also preserving the safety of yourself and others. State Farm offers the following advice to help you do just that.

Defective windshield wipers and car crashes

Motor vehicle wrecks can occur because of weather conditions, which are completely out of a person’s control, or factors that are fully within a driver’s ability to control, such as excessive speeds and failure to stop. Moreover, some wrecks occur because a vehicle is not maintained properly, whether brakes fail or a tire blows out. Additionally, some people drive around with windshield wipers that are not working properly, and this can be very dangerous.

Kids returning to school and auto crashes

Once again, it’s the time of year when many families are preparing to send their children back to school. This season can be full of hope, stress and chaos for parents and their children and there may be an increased risk of a car crash for some families. For example, parents may be under a lot of pressure and more likely to crash due to sleep loss, anxiety, distractions and other factors. It is important to be vigilant during this time of year, especially since an accident can be particularly hard for a child who is focusing on returning to school.

When drivers are struggling with strong emotions

Drug and alcohol use, smartphones and other auto accident risk factors often receive a lot of attention and are widely recognized as threats to safety behind the wheel. There are many other potential areas of concern when it comes to the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision, however. For example, someone who is struggling with debilitating negative emotions may be more likely to cause an accident while they are driving. From a recent divorce to the loss of a loved one or a cancer diagnosis, there are many reasons why people struggle with these challenges and it is important to be aware of this if you are dealing with strong emotions.

Live streaming and car collisions

In the digital age, technology has brought many different innovations and people are able to interact with each other like never before. One of example of this is live streaming, where people are able to record themselves before an online audience in real time. People may live stream while they play video games, but some people also stream while walking around in public or even driving a car. Unfortunately, live streaming while driving can be a major distraction and lead to a car collision.

Auto accidents and language barriers

Motor vehicle crashes have all sorts of causes and many drivers realize that intoxication, speeding, distractions and other behaviors can significantly increase the likelihood of a wreck taking place. However, there are many other factors that cause motor vehicle wrecks, such as language barriers. There are different ways in which a person who is unable to speak or read the local language may find themselves in an accident and language barriers can be difficult for many reasons.

Risks associated with eating while driving

There are many examples of reckless and careless driving, from someone who uses their phone when they should be paying attention to the road to a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are many distractions that can interfere with a person’s ability to safely operate their vehicle, some of which may seem harmless. For example, eating while driving a car can be extremely dangerous for different reasons and many drivers have consumed food or drinks while behind the wheel, putting their lives and the safety of others at risk.

Risks associated with driving at night

Accidents happen at all times of the year and day, but some are especially dangerous. For example, nighttime driving can bring a higher risk of a crash for various reasons such as an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the road, poor visibility and drowsy drivers. If you regularly drive during the nighttime, whether you have to go to work or take care of another responsibility, it is crucial to be vigilant behind the wheel.