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Are SUVs more prone to rollover accidents?

When it comes to traffic wrecks, people should be aware of the different types of dangers that they face and different factors that may increase the likelihood of a particular type of accident. For example, driving can be particularly dangerous during nighttime hours or when it is raining heavily. Moreover, those who drive certain types of vehicles, such as SUVs, may have an increased chance of finding themselves in a rollover crash, for example. If you drive an SUV, you should be aware of these risks and focus on prevention.

Material that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that SUVs and other vehicles which are narrow and tall, such as vans and pickup trucks, are especially prone to rollover accidents. There are other statistics related to rollovers that you should watch out for if you operate a vehicle that has a higher likelihood of leading to a rollover crash. For example, a majority of fatal rollovers take place in rural areas with speed limits at 55 miles per hour or greater. Moreover, high speeds and alcohol use are also associated with many of the rollover crashes that occur.

How many motor vehicle accidents are caused by snow and rain?

Speeding, intoxicated driving, and cell phone use behind the wheel are all widespread problems on roads across the country. However, poor weather, such as snowfall and heavy rain, is another major concern that should not be overlooked. Precipitation and other weather-related events can lead to an accident in different ways in Houston and other Texas cities, from interfering with a driver’s visibility to affecting traction and causing people to lose control of their car. Moreover, snow and rain cause many of the traffic collisions that occur each year.

The Federal Highway Administration published statistics which reveal the prevalence of weather-related crashes between 2005 and 2014. During this period, rain caused more than 573,000 traffic collisions each year, on average. Moreover, an average year in this period saw over 174,000 collisions due to snow.

A closer look at drugged driving

Many people recognize the dangers associated with driving after having one too many drinks, however some people fail to understand the consequences associated with drugged driving and the different substances that can impact a person’s ability to drive. Many people understand that hard street drugs can leave a user heavily intoxicated and unable to drive safely, but some people do not realize that other substances, such as medical marijuana and prescription medication, can also increase the likelihood of a crash significantly.

In recent years, many people across the country have been prescribed medication by their physician for one health problem or another. However, these medications can interfere with driving abilities, even if a person does not exceed the dosage that their doctor recommended. Moreover, many people have turned to medical marijuana with the legalization of this substance in certain states and increasing popularity with regard to the use of this substance. However, drivers should recognize that it may interfere with their ability to operate a vehicle safely.

Can traveling at low speeds increase the chances of a crash?

When people think of a motor vehicle collision, they may picture an accident that is caused by someone traveling at a recklessly high speed. However, each crash is unique and some may involve more uncommon details. For example, someone may be involved in a crash that occurs while one driver is traveling at a relatively low speed. However, an accident is not without consequences just because one driver is going slow.

There are a variety of reasons why you may prefer to travel at a low speed. First of all, it is important to bear in mind that many places have laws prohibiting drivers from driving at a speed which is dangerously low and disrupts traffic, something that should always be avoided. However, you may still prefer to drive slower than most of the other people on the road, which can be problematic when it seems like everyone else is in a rush.

What can elderly drivers do to increase safety on the road?

Motor vehicle collisions can shatter the lives of those from all walks of life and of any age. However, older drivers may be particularly concerned about an accident and the consequences they may struggle with afterward. If you or one of your loved ones want to increase road safety, there are a number of tips to keep in mind that may be useful.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided helpful information on how elderly drivers can increase traffic safety. The CDC points out that many older drivers already decrease their chances of becoming involved in an accident by being less likely to drive while impaired, at night, or during inclement weather. Moreover, drivers who are older are more likely to wear a seat belt.

How dangerous can a fender bender in a parking lot be?

Fender benders may not seem too dangerous, but they can be a lot more impactful than you may realize. Take a recent case in Texas where a police cruiser was rear-ended by another vehicle. The two officers inside the car sustained minor injuries. 

Even though it may not seem that bad, you should still treat a fender bender very seriously. Take the same steps you would for any other car accident. You need to check on all involved parties and contact your insurance provider about the incident. You should attempt to contact the police if there are any injuries. The consequences of driving off could result in serious consequences.

Recovering from an accident as an older driver or passenger

For people of all ages, an accident can upend their life in multiple ways. From hospitalization due to serious injuries to the loss of life, these wrecks often create so many challenges for victims and their relatives. For some people, such as those who are older, the consequences associated with a crash can be even more pronounced. It may take longer for an elderly victim to recover from the physical consequences of an accident or they may be more likely to pass away when the vehicle they are traveling in is struck.

There are also certain risk factors that some older drivers may face. For example, some may have difficulties with their vision, making it harder to see the road or what lies ahead and increasing the likelihood of an accident. For others, a slower reaction time might also make an accident more likely. However, many older drivers find themselves in accidents because of someone else’s reckless behavior. Whether someone switches lanes recklessly or fails to follow the speed limit, the roads can be dangerous for people of all ages.

What are the most common fatal truck crash causes?

Accidents occur on roads across the U.S. for many different reasons. In Houston, and other parts of Texas, they may be caused by truck driver fatigue, inclement weather, or busy roads, among many other factors. If you are worried about a large truck accident, it is important to go over some of the different causes, especially if you are a truck driver or own a trucking company. Unfortunately, these collisions will continue to claim lives.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that during 2015, more fatal bus and large truck crashes that occurred were the result of speeding than any other factor. However, other major contributing factors included distraction (second on the list for large truck drivers) and impairment (second for those driving passenger vehicles). Clearly, reaching high speeds is very dangerous and an incredibly prevalent problem among those who drive both passenger vehicles and large trucks. Drivers speed for all sorts of reasons, whether they are late for work or do not want to miss out on an event. Sadly, this decision could cost them their life and claim other lives also. Distractions, such as cell phones and reaching for objects on the floor, as well as impairment due to intoxication and fatigue are also very concerning.

What are some other large truck wreck causes?

On this blog, various risks associated with large truck collisions have been covered, such as fatigue and negligent truck companies. However, there are all sorts of other factors that can result in a collision involving a large truck and it is important for all drivers to keep these risks in mind. Unfortunately, some large truck operators in Houston and other parts of Texas neglect to pay attention to various threats when behind the wheel, resulting in a devastating crash.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided information on some of the various reasons why large truck crashes occur. According to the FMCSA, truck crashes may happen because of suspension issues, problems related to a truck's brakes, signal and light failure, and a truck's tires. Moreover, roads can become covered in ice, prompting a truck to swerve into another lane. Wind is another weather-related hazard that can lead to a truck crash, such as casing debris to be blown into the road.

Things to know about your insurance coverage

Auto accidents can be nerve-wracking, leaving people unsure of what to do. For those eligible to file an auto accident claim, it is important they handle the situation the right way.

A driver's insurer ought to be helpful during the claim process, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Therefore, it is important that people understand how the process should go and what they should do. To begin, there are a few key things that drivers should know about their insurance coverage.

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