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Car Accidents Archives

Drivers often run 'unwarranted' stop signs

The government takes great care to make sure that their decisions regarding traffic controls are warranted. They understand that these controls, when used in places where they are not needed, can really inconvenience drivers. The goal is to make the road systems as simple and efficient as possible, while still keeping people safe. It can sometimes be hard to find a balance.

Remember that driving on medications can lead to accidents

If you have a cough or a cold, and you decide to take some over-the-counter medication for it, you probably won't think twice about driving. You barely even think of these medications as drugs. You're just trying to get through another day of feeling sick. You should be fine to drive, right?

You can't teach everyone to be a good driver

Some people just are not good drivers. When we think about the reasons, we often focus on ways to fix this. Maybe the person is young and inexperienced, for instance, and they'll get better with time. Maybe they are reckless, and they simply need to learn how to slow down and understand the real risks.

What should you expect your car crash to cost you?

There are as many as 2.35 million people who become disabled after becoming involved in car crashes every year according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. Another 37,000 individuals lose their lives in similar types of incidents. The costs associated with these annual crashes is $230.6 billion. This equates to $820 per individual. There are many costs associated with an individual becoming involved in a car crash that you may not be aware of.

Do seat belts really save lives?

If you're a safe driver who's never had a car accident, then you may be tempted not to wear a seat belt. You should realize that countless other motorists get behind the wheel while fatigued, distracted or intoxicated every day. Others recklessly operate their cars for no valid reason. A seat belt can save your life if you come in contact with any of these types of motorists.

Confused tailgaters still cause accidents

Much of the time, tailgaters are aggressive and even angry. They ride right up on the back bumper of the car in front of them because they want to pass or they want that driver to speed up -- even if they're already going at the speed limit. Other times, they tailgate when they feel like they got cut off and it's a way to retaliate against the other driver. It may be the first step toward road rage.

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