Distracted Driving and Teens
In the last blog in our distracted driving series, we addressed the distractions that can occur when driving with small children in the back seat. When those children become teens with driver’s licenses, distractions while driving can include cell phones, music, friends and a host of other dangers that come with multitasking while at the wheel.
Distracted Driving: Keeping Kids Safe
In earlier blogs in this series, we’ve covered the rising cost of distracted driving and its cost on the workplace. And while most people associate distracted driving with texting and talking on the phone, there are other contributing factors, such as families driving with children in the back seat. A recent study suggests that children are 12 times a greater cause of driver distraction than cell phones.
Distracted Driving: Pedestrian Safety
So far in our series of blogs on distracted driving, we’ve taken a look at the rising cost of distracted driving, the increased costs of cycling accidents, the cost of distracted driving on the workplace and how to prevent accidents in parking lots. In this week’s blog, we take a look at distracted driving and pedestrian safety.
Distracted Driving: Parking Lot Accidents
A parking lot isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about distracted driving and traffic accidents. Yet, it may surprise you to learn that according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20 percent of vehicle accidents and more than half of back-over injuries take place in parking lots. Further, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that one of ten property crimes occur in a parking lot or garage. So, what can you do to protect yourself and other drivers and pedestrians?
Distracted Driving and the Increased Risks of Bicycle Accidents
Summertime is here and outdoor activities are in full swing, including cycling. As more and more people trade in their cars for bicycles, it’s a good time to take a look at cycling safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while only 1% of all trips taken in the U.S. are by bicycle, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do.
The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving on the Workplace
When you think about workplace safety, driving isn’t typically one of the first things that come to mind. After all, unless it’s the trucking industry, or other businesses involving professionally trained drivers, driving occurs mostly outside of working hours. However, employers pay a substantial cost for car crashes that occur off the job.
The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats
Distracted driving has been around as long as there have been cars. From adjusting the radio and eating to texting and talking on the phone, it only takes one second of glancing away from the road to cause an accident. The results can be deadly.
How to Determine Fault in Trucking Crashes
The process for determining fault in crashes involving a commercial truck can be complex. Crashes involving commercial trucks often have a number of contributing factors such as driver error, weather, roadway conditions, and vehicle malfunctions which may complicate the liability determination. A thorough investigation that takes into account all these factors, as well as statements of witnesses and reports made by the highway patrol or local police must be conducted to determine which driver was at fault. Ultimately, the driver or drivers who are determined to be at fault for causing the accident will be responsible for compensating any person who was injured or killed in the accident.
Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a Motor Vehicle Accident
Every year, 2.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Of these injuries, over 17% are caused by automobile accidents according to the CDC. However, evidence of TBI is not always immediately apparent.
Hit and Run Car Accidents
A hit and run accident can have devastating consequences not only to the victim, but to the members of the victim's family. Recently, a 5th grade teacher from Shaker Heights was killed by a hit and run driver while he was out jogging around 5:30 pm on January 24, 2015. The driver had been stopped by the police for a traffic violation and when the police approached the vehicle the driver fled the scene. The car was found abandoned down the road from the scene of the accident and the driver had disappeared. The family was left with a great loss and many unanswered questions.