For many, winter brings to mind memories of the holidays or cozy evenings by a fire. Unfortunately, another big part of winter is inclement weather. Sleet, snow, and ice are a major cause for vehicle accidents during winter months. Thankfully, there are many ways that California drivers can keep themselves safe during rough weather.
For people in California and across the country, fatal risks could come from unexpected places. The leading cause of death for Americans age 44 and under is accidental injury. In 2016 alone, 61,749 people were killed in unintentional incidents, a figure almost twice that of the combined death toll of heart disease and cancer. While there are a number of everyday dangers that can prove deadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that motor vehicle accidents and unintentional poisoning were the most common causes of death.
California residents who use their own vehicles for work purposes may find themselves being distracted by texts and phone calls while behind the wheel. As the mobile workforce is increasingly becoming connected, this is not surprising. Nevertheless, it is still a dangerous trend. Motus, the vehicle management workforce company, has some interesting things to say about these hazards in its 2018 Distracted Driving Report.
Traffic lights and stop signs depend on drivers in California obeying the signals or judging traffic correctly before entering an intersection. When drivers fail to do the right things, accidents causing serious injuries and fatalities sometimes result. Roundabouts, however, have emerged as an effective method for transportation officials to improve safety at the intersections of rural highways. Roundabouts slow traffic and only require people to check to the left as they navigate the intersection. The shape of the roundabouts physically forces vehicles to slow down and reduces the severity of wrecks when they do happen.
Government statistics reveal that the vast majority of car accidents in California and around the country are caused at least in part by human error. Ignoring posted speed limits, violating traffic laws, using cellphones while driving and getting behind the wheel after taking drugs or drinking alcohol all greatly increase the chances of being involved in a crash, but avoiding this kind of behavior greatly increases the likelihood that motorists will arrive at their destinations unharmed and without incident.
The Society for Risk Analysis has conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers and distracted behavior. The results allowed researchers to uncover four profiles of drivers who are most strongly inclined to use their phones while behind the wheel. California residents will want to know what these profiles are because they can help target distracted driving campaigns.
The Governors Highway Safety Association has conducted a study on drug use and its connection to fatal car crashes in 2016. Drivers in California may not be surprised to hear that the percentage of fatally injured drivers with drugs in their system has increased from 28 percent in 2006 to 44 percent in 2016. The drug most frequently found was marijuana at 38 percent, followed by opioids at 16 percent and a combination of the two at 4 percent.
Even though you do whatever you can to prevent trouble on the road, you must come to grips with the fact that you have no control over other drivers.
People taking the wheel in California may be concerned about the danger to roadway safety posed by distracted driving. While the ubiquity of the smartphone is often associated with the increase in car accidents and dangerous behavior associated with driving while distracted, it is not the only form of diversion drivers face that keep their eyes and mind away from the road. From putting on makeup to eating to fiddling with a touchscreen entertainment system, distracted driving is easy to fall into, and the consequences can be devastating. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people lost their lives due to distracted driving.
One of the most frequent injuries that car accident victims face is soft tissue damage. Soft tissue includes muscles, ligaments and tendons, all of which can be strained, sprained and even torn through any sudden, uncontrolled movement. Drivers in California will want to know the symptoms of soft tissue injuries.