Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among healthy U.S. citizens. An estimated 2.5 million people are severely injured or permanently disabled every year, from an auto accident. As distracted driving trends arise, the number of motor vehicle accidents are drastically increasing. The most common causes of accidents resulting in death are drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. Statistically most fatal crashes happen during weekends and on holidays.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured. The increase in motorcycle fatalities continues to be a tragic trend over the last few years. It is important for motorists and motorcyclists to share the road responsibly and be mindful of ways they can help prevent auto/motorcycle crashes.
It’s back to school time, which means we’re sharing the road with young pedestrians, young cyclists and school buses, more than any other time of the year. Safety for school aged children requires total awareness from drivers and an understanding of designated school zones. Sharing the road with young students, means sharing the road with school busses. There are important rules and tips that we can all follow to ensure safety on the road for young commuters.
In 2017, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who were texting while driving. That total rose to 4,637 people in 2018. Statistics involving texting and driving are alarming. 1 out of 3 people text while driving and each day 11 teens die in crashes caused by texting and driving. Most would argue that texting and driving is an issue primarily amongst teenage/younger drivers, but according to a poll by teensafe.com, 77% of adults believe they can easily manage texting while driving, while 55% of teens feel the same....
Fourth of July is consistently ranked as one of the deadliest days of the year for DUI crashes. More than half of all motor vehicle crashes that occur during the Fourth of July holiday are alcohol related. August ranks as the deadliest month of the year, with more DUI crashes than any other month. Saturday’s are the riskiest day of the week, with more alcohol-impaired drivers than any other day. Although DUI’s can happen anytime of the year, there are days that are riskier than others. Statistically DUI crashes and deaths spike in the Summer...
Red lights are designed to properly manage traffic and keep drivers and pedestrians safe. Most drivers learn about red lights and stop signs before they ever step behind the wheel and typically adhere to the rules of red lights while driving. Those who don’t follow the rules, typically cause serious accidents with severe injuries. By disregarding red traffic lights while driving, the driver is putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
Tina Mays brought a lawsuit against Knight Light, Inc. (“Knight Light”) for the wrongful death of her twenty eight year old son, Gerard “Jerry” Mitchell, who was electrocuted when he came into contact with a 277 volt energized circuit. Jerry was unmarried and had no children. He is survived by his mother Tina, and two sisters. Knight Light hired Jerry as an independent contractor to remove existing electrical ballasts in lighting fixtures on the fourth floor of the Texaco Building, and replace them with new, energy efficient ballasts.