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Haze, poor visibility and car crashes

Motor vehicle wrecks have different causes, but weather plays a role in many of the collisions that occur. Drivers often realize that snow, ice and rain can be dangerous on the road. However, there are other ways in which weather can adversely affect road conditions, some of which are less common. For example, haze can lead to reduced visibility and increase the likelihood of a crash. In some states, haze is especially concerning at this time due to wildfires that are burning in the Western U.S.

Those who find themselves on the road while it is very hazy should be cautious and avoid any potentially dangerous behavior, such as driving fast. Moreover, drivers should be aware of other vehicles on the road and the fact that other drivers may drive erratically because of the limited visibility. Aside from haze, other factors can lead to reduced visibility, such as thick fog and even smog.

See a doctor even if you feel OK after a car crash

Being the victim of a car crash may be a new experience for you. Even a minor rear-end collision can be scary, and you will feel shaky at the very least.

You should seek a medical evaluation, even if you feel OK. Symptoms of an underlying injury may not be immediately apparent, and there is a reason for that.

Social media and distracted drivers

In the digital era, technology has taken communication and social interactions to new heights. Now, people are able to keep in touch like never before, regardless of geographical barriers, language barriers and other obstacles that used to limit or prevent interaction. However, this convenient technology also comes with down sides. For example, drivers may be more likely to find themselves in a collision due to social media and other distractions associated with technology.

There are a number of ways that social media activity can lead to distracted driving and, in some instances, a devastating collision. For example, a person may try to take pictures while they are driving with the intent to upload them to a particular social networking site later on. Or, they may even be live streaming while they are operating their car, which can be very distracting. Even when a driver does not post anything to social media, they may be distracted by following someone else’s feed or browsing through profiles. Moreover, smartphones in general can be distracting and may cause a driver to take his or her eyes off of the road to find music, browse through a website, send or receive texts or use their phone for other purposes.

Overexcitement and tragic car crashes

Car crashes can happen at any time for a number of reasons, but drivers should even be aware of some of the causes that are relatively uncommon. While intoxicated driving and reckless behavior such as driving at high speeds are obviously a major cause of car crashes, some accidents happen because of a driver’s emotional state. For example, someone who is overexcited may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle collision for multiple reasons.

Drivers may be very excited because they found out that they got a job they applied for, that their spouse is pregnant, they won the lottery or they are happy about some other positive and exciting development. However, when a driver is very excited they may lose their ability to focus on the road because they are overexcited. Moreover, they may become distracted by their smartphone or someone who is riding along with them, whether they send a text message or share the news on social media or discuss the development with someone in the car.

Weather-related hazards on the road

From staying off the road after drinking too much alcohol to watching how fast one is driving, there are many ways that drivers can work to prevent a car accident. However, drivers should realize some of the other hazards that can lead to a crash, some of which may not seem like much of a threat at first. For example, inclement weather can be very problematic and there are many different ways in which weather can impact the road, even in the summer months.

During the winter, some parts of the country see heavy snow and ice, which can significantly increase the chance of an auto collision. However, collisions can also happen in warmer months due to dense fog, heavy rainfall or strong wind. Fog and rain can affect visibility, as can wind, which can also blow debris on the road and cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.

Pedestrian accidents during the summer

The summer months can be dangerous on roadways all over the U.S. for different reasons. For example, a drunk driving accident may occur over the Fourth of July or a motorcyclist could become involved in a crash during a popular summer festival. However, there are a number of concerns with respect to pedestrian accidents during this time of year and it is essential for pedestrians and drivers of all types of vehicles to keep these risks in mind.

For starters, certain areas may see an increase in pedestrian traffic over the summer months. Not only are kids out of school, but adults may take to the road to get some exercise and those who do not have a vehicle or choose not to drive may walk alongside the road more frequently because of the warmer temperatures. Moreover, with longer days and warmer nights, there may be more pedestrians during the evening and into the night.

Emotional consequences associated with car accidents

When people consider the consequences that are associated with motor vehicle wrecks, many think about injuries such as broken bones, brain trauma or other physical problems people face following a crash. Some people lose their lives in these collisions and people are also aware of the financial consequences that may result from a traffic accident, such as expensive hospital bills and losing the ability to earn a living temporarily or permanently. However, there are other ways these crashes shatter a person’s life. For some car accident victims, the emotional toll of an accident can be overwhelming.

Some people who are involved in a crash may have nightmares or experience high levels of anxiety as a result of the collision. Other emotional challenges include depression and, in some cases, anger. For example, a car crash victim may be upset that someone chose to drive drunk and cause an accident which claimed their loved one’s life or caused them to experience significant challenges. Even after physical wounds have healed and financial problems have been resolved, these emotional difficulties may remain.

Common motorcycle accident injuries

If you are driving a vehicle and suddenly become an accident victim, your chance of having a serious injury is considerably less than if you had been riding a motorcycle.

Severe injuries can happen to anyone who is involved in a highway crash, but certain types of injuries are more common among motorcycle riders due to their lack of protection.

Riding mowers and traffic accidents

With the arrival of spring, many people begin to focus on lawn maintenance, from homeowners to those who run outdoor maintenance companies. Often, people use riding lawn mowers to maintain a lawn. Unfortunately, these riding mowers can be especially risky for a number of reasons. Aside from rollovers which can leave the operator pinned under the mower, other risks may be present, such as the risk of being hit by a vehicle.

Someone may be struck by a car or truck in various ways while operating a riding lawn mower. For example, someone may be heading down a long driveway and lose control of their vehicle or strike someone riding a mower while they are going around a turn. In other instances, someone on a riding mower may be hit by a car as they try to cross the road to mow grass on the other side of the road. Another way in which a person could be injured or killed while using a riding mower involves reckless drivers, such as those who are drunk, distracted or fatigued. Such a driver may veer off the road and onto someone's lawn, colliding with a person who is on a riding mower.

Recovering from a job-related traffic crash injury

Employees face different hazards on a daily basis, depending on their line of work. For some, machinery, chemicals, and working in high places present risks. However, some people are required to drive a vehicle for work-related purposes, whether their job completely revolves around driving (truck and taxi drivers) or they occasionally drive a company vehicle, such as an employee who is asked to run an errand. Either way, workers who get behind the wheel face many risks on the road and may become involved in a crash, which could cause them to struggle with a debilitating injury.

When an employee is hurt in an accident, the consequences can impact them and their family members for months or even years into the future. Right away, challenges such as intense physical pain and anxiety over what will happen next may arise. Many injured workers also face high medical costs and lost wages because they can no longer work. Sometimes, these injuries keep a worker out of his or her field indefinitely. As a result, it is pivotal for those injured while driving for work-related purposes to go over all of their options with regard to recovery.

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