Morning Drunk Driving Very Real Threat

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Law-enforcement officers are talking about an increase in the number of persons they see driving under the influence of alcohol in the daytime, especially during the early 6 AM morning commute.

Law-enforcement officers are talking about an increase in the number of persons they see driving under the influence of alcohol in the daytime, especially during the early 6 AM morning commute.  In fact, they report that many accidents are now being caused by persons driving in an impaired condition during this time.

Contrary to what you may believe, these accidents don’t involve motorists who drank a couple of beers after breakfast.  Rather, these cases involve people who went to bed after having consumed a large amount of alcohol, and failed to realize that a few hours of sleep don’t necessarily eliminate all traces of alcohol from the system.  As a result, these persons ended up driving with alcohol in their system, and not surprisingly, the alcohol content affected on their driving abilities.  In many cases, the effects on driving abilities were so severe that it resulted in a serious accident.

According to police officers, driving under the influence of alcohol in some cases may be even more dangerous than driving intoxicated at night, because very often, motorists fail to realize that the motorist in the lane right next to them is probably drunk.  No one expects intoxicated motorists sharing their freeway during a 6 AM morning commute.  Therefore, many people fail to look out for the warning signs of intoxicated motorists, like erratic driving, and changing lanes randomly.  Car accident lawyers therefore believe that motorists are less likely to call emergency personnel when they see signs of a drunk driving motorist during the daytime.

Police officers warn that it can take hours for alcohol to be eliminated from your system, and just a few hours of sleep and a good breakfast is not likely to be sufficient to rid your system of completely of alcohol.

 

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Brain Wiring Changes Could Explain Clumsiness in Senior Drivers

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Senior drivers suffer from certain age-related changes that can impact their ability to drive safely.

Senior drivers suffer from certain age-related changes that can impact their ability to drive safely.  For instance, recent research seems to indicate that seniors who find themselves dropping objects they are holding or find themselves becoming increasingly clumsy, suffer from changes in their brain that seem to affect their physical abilities.

Car accident lawyers have long known that age -related deteriorations in vision, hearing and agility can increase clumsiness and decrease coordination among seniors.  For instance, seniors may find that they drop things often, or knock over objects while attempting to reach for something.

Many of these changes can be explained by slower reflexes, deteriorating agility and other factors that are related to the person’s age.  However, it is not just these external factors that are responsible for these changes.  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis believe that some of this clumsiness in senior citizens could also be due to changes in their mental frame of reference.

A reference frame allows a person to determine the kind of objects in his environment that he is going to pay attention to.  Changes in this reference frame, obviously, will affect the kind of things that he pays attention to and his interactions with objects in his environment.

As part of the research, younger as well as older adults were given several simple tasks to perform.  All the tasks involved hand movements.  Younger adults were given a action-centered reference frame when they were asked to pick up an object.  In these cases, the younger adults knew about potential hurdles along their hands path of moment as they performed the task.  However, older adults used body-centered reference frames, and in these cases, the seniors paid more attention to objects that were closer to their bodies.  This resulted in clumsiness.

 

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AAA, Orthopedic Group Join Hands to Educate Teens about Distracted Driving

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A leading orthopedic group and the American Auto Association are joining hands in a collaborative effort to develop a campaign that is targeted at reducing the incidence of distracted driving involving teenagers.

A leading orthopedic group and the American Auto Association are joining hands in a collaborative effort to develop a campaign that is targeted at reducing the incidence of distracted driving involving teenagers.

The campaign is called Decide to Drive and is spearheaded by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Auto Association.  According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, orthopedic specialists around the country are very often called upon to heal broken bones and limbs involving teenagers who have been involved in distracted driving-related accidents.  These doctors very and have a close view of exactly how serious these accidents are, and their devastating consequences.    Therefore, the group is joining hands with the American Auto Association to educate teenagers about safe driving practices, which includes putting away their cell phones while driving.

Car accident lawyers find that distracted driving is an epidemic among teenagers, with most teenagers admitting that they frequently use cell phones for conversations and texting while driving.  The use of smart phones has exploded among teenage drivers, because these phones allow them to constantly keep in touch with their friends and be updated on their social network accounts.  Very often, all these activities are performed while the person is driving a car.

The Decide to Drive campaign is focused on helping teenagers avoid accidents this summer through a Wreck-less Checklist, which contains a list of do’s and don’ts before a person begins driving.  The list contains tips like wearing Bluetooth accessories, and other accessories to help avoid the need to hold a handheld cell phone or texting device while driving, putting on the seatbelt, loading CD3 and MP3 players, making sure that all reading material in the car is away from reach, and making sure that the radio volume is low enough to hear important noises, like emergency sirens.

 

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NIAAA Calls on Parents to Be More Vigilant about Underage Drinking

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Few occasions in a teenager’s life warrant a celebration like graduation, and with so many college students in California graduating over the next few weeks, there are likely to be many graduation parties.

Few occasions in a teenager’s life warrant a celebration like graduation, and with so many college students in California graduating over the next few weeks, there are likely to be many graduation parties.  Many of the graduation parties are likely to be infused with alcohol, increasing the risks of alcohol intoxication, underage drinking and driving and all kinds of other risks.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has established a new website that is targeted at helping college students and their parents learn about the risks of dangerous alcohol-related practices.

The website, Collegedrinkingprevention.gov contains plenty of resources for students, communities, colleges as well as parents to control college drinking.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 1,825 college students between the age of 18 and 24 die every year from alcohol-related causes.  That includes motor vehicle accidents as well as other effects of alcohol abuse, like alcohol intoxication.  Additionally 599,000 students between the age of 18 and 24 every year are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.

California car accident lawyers find that one of the biggest risks when college students drink is that they will engage in irresponsible drinking practices, like driving under the influence of alcohol.  Drunk driving is a major killer on our roads, and every year, a significant proportion of drunk driving accident fatalities involve teenagers and young persons between the age of 18 and 24.

Apart from drunk driving accidents however, college drinking also leads to rapes, assaults, and other crimes.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 696,000 college students are assaulted by another student under the influence of alcohol.  As many as 97,000 students of this age group are also victims of sexual abuse and rape under the influence of alcohol.

 

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Motorists Must Be Aware of Risks from Aged Tires

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As a responsible motorist, you are aware that you must check your car tires regularly for signs of wear and tear, and must keep tires inflated at the right pressure in order to drive safely and avoid accidents.

As a responsible motorist, you are aware that you must check your car tires regularly for signs of wear and tear, and must keep tires inflated at the right pressure in order to drive safely and avoid accidents.  However, what can a motorist do when he is sold a new tire that is actually very old, and in some cases, has been manufactured 10 years ago?  Unfortunately, there is nothing preventing your local tire dealer from selling you a new car tire that has never been used, but has been sitting on store shelves for several years.

When it comes to tire safety, internal degradation is key.  According to many tire experts, it is very important to use a new tire, and not an outdated one, because the tire can begin to degrade or deteriorate internally with the passage of years.  In some cases, these tires may be sitting on store shelves for up to 10 years, and may be sold to unsuspecting consumers, who are not aware that the “brand new” tire they are using is actually several years old.

Several advocates have raised the safety issues involving the sale of older outdated ideas, and car accident lawyers believe the sale of aged tires is a very fairly common practice throughout California.  According to auto safety group Safety Research and Strategies, it has been working hard to spotlight like the problem, and has also pushed for federal investigations and recalls of aged tires.

While the signs of wear and tear on a tire, or tread separation are visible to a motorist, it is hard to check the age of the time.  Most motorists who buy a new tire do not bother to check the age of the tire.  In many cases, motorists do not even suspect that they are driving with older outdated tires, until the tires actually fail while they’re driving.

 

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Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Teen Accidents

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California parents need to take note of a new study which finds that many teenagers are not just using marijuana before operating vehicle, but also believe that the marijuana use makes them better drivers.

California parents need to take note of a new study which finds that many teenagers are not just using marijuana before operating vehicle, but also believe that the marijuana use makes them better drivers.

The study was published recently by Liberty Mutual and Students against Destructive Decisions, and finds that as many as 34% of teenagers who used marijuana before driving believed that the drug enhanced their driving ability.  About 41% of the teenage motorists in the study who had taken pot before driving said that the marijuana use did not have any effect on their driving abilities  at all.

It’s hard for car accident lawyers to tell which of these 2 attitudes is more frightening or dangerous.

Nationwide, driving under the influence of drugs is a serious problem.  According to law enforcement, driving under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs is much more common now than driving under the influence of alcohol.  Car accident attorneys, transportation safety advocates and drunk driving groups need to be more focused now about the dangers of teen driving under the influence of drugs than underage drinking and driving.

The study finds that many teenagers are aware about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, but seem fairly blasé about the dangers of driving under the influence of pot.  About 62% of the teenage motorists in the survey said that they believed that alcohol made them poor drivers or affected their driving skills.  However, they had no such concerns about driving under the influence of pot.

There isn’t very clear evidence that links the use of marijuana to a much higher risk of accidents.  However, where teenage drivers are concerned, it is fair to say that any kind of substance that impairs your judgment, and delays responses like marijuana does, can definitely affect your driving abilities adversely.

 

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Honda Recall Linked to Problem with Electronic Stability Control

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Honda has announced a recall of approximately 46,000 cars across the United States and Canada because of potential problems with electronic stability control that could cause the vehicle to be involved in a rollover accident.

Honda has announced a recall of approximately 46,000 cars across the United States and Canada because of potential problems with electronic stability control that could cause the vehicle to be involved in a rollover accident.

According to Honda Motor Co., it is recalling 46,000 cars in the United States and Canada.  The recall affects 2007 and 2013 model sports cars.  The recall is linked to a problem that could make the car tilt too far while the motorist is making a sharp turn.  In such cases, there could be a potential loss of tire traction, and it could increase the risk of a rollover accident.

The company has already filed papers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing its intention to recall more than 43,000 cars in the United States.  The remaining cars are being recalled from Canada.

The issue was first discovered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which monitors complaints from users about defects in their car.  In order to address this particular issue, the automaker will update electronic stability control software in these sports cars.  The automaker has confirmed that it is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to the failure of electronic stability control in the recalled vehicles.

Most automobiles now come with electronic stability control as a standard feature.  In fact, car accident lawyers have credited these systems for a decline in the number of rollover accidents being reported from across the country.  Rollover accidents are some of the most devastating accidents, because they frequently end in catastrophic injuries and multiple fatalities. Rollover accidents are rare compared to other accidents, but they comprise a disproportionate number of fatalities every year.

Electronic stability control systems work by determining when the vehicle is about to go out of control, and working to apply the brakes to allow the  motorist to retain control over the car.

 

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Insurance Institute Spotlights Accident Causes in 2011

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released data on accident fatalities in 2011. A look at the data indicates to car accident lawyers that there were few surprises in the accident statistics that year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released data on accident fatalities in 2011.  A look at the data indicates to car accident lawyers that there were few surprises in the accident statistics that year.

In 2011, there were 32,367 accident fatalities in the United States, a drop of 30% from 1975.  Passenger vehicle accidents represented 66% of all accident fatalities in 2011, with 21,347 fatalities involving passenger vehicle accidents in 2011.  59% of the fatalities in 2011 were driving cars, while 21% were driving pickup trucks, and 18% were driving sports utility vehicles.

Frontal impact accidents were the most devastating accidents of 2011, with 41% of all passenger vehicle fatalities involving frontal impact accidents.  Side-impact crashes followed close behind, and accounted for the 2nd highest number of passenger vehicle accident fatality numbers in 2011.  These devastating accidents accounted for 25% of all fatalities in 2011.

Rollover accidents are some of the deadliest accidents and, in 2011, these accidents were equally deadly, comprising approximately 35% of all passenger vehicle fatalities.  Of these, 55% of the deaths were caused in single vehicle rollover accidents, while approximately 13% involved multiple vehicle rollover accidents.

Not all fatal accidents that occurred in 2011 involved more than one vehicle.  Approximately 45% of the passenger vehicle fatalities in 2011 involved single vehicle accidents, while 55% occurred in multiple vehicle accidents.

As with every year, males constituted a large percentage of the number of fatalities in auto vehicle accidents in 2011.  73% of all auto accident fatalities in 2011 were males.  Persons below the age of 25 also formed a large percentage of all accident fatalities, comprising of 29% of the total fatality toll.

An estimated 3,373 persons died in accidents involving large commercial trucks in 2011.  Out of these, 16% were truck occupants, while 66% were the occupants of the passenger vehicles involved in the accident.

 

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Depression, Anxiety Contribute to Teen Fatigue, Accidents

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Many teenagers suffer from symptoms of extreme fatigue, and do not receive treatment for these symptoms. In fact, symptoms of extreme fatigue also often go hand-in-hand with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Many teenagers suffer from symptoms of extreme fatigue, and do not receive treatment for these symptoms.  In fact, symptoms of extreme fatigue also often go hand-in-hand with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

A new study that was published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry analyzed as many as 10,000 teenagers between 13 and 18 years.  They found that as many as 3% of the teenagers reported suffering from symptoms of extreme fatigue.  In all these cases, the symptoms lasted for about 3 months, and did not seem to disappear, even when the teenagers got plenty of rest.

What is even more interesting to car accident lawyers is that half of the teenagers in the study who suffered from symptoms of fatigue also suffered from depression or an anxiety disorder.

Fatigue can cause sleepiness, lethargic, and drowsiness, which can increase a teenager’s risk of being involved in an accident.  It is highly disturbing to car accident lawyers that teenagers are operating vehicles while suffering from fatigue, for which they receive no treatment.  The study found that only 14% % of the teenagers who suffered from fatigue got any kind of treatment for their symptoms.

The only teenagers who received any kind of treatment for their fatigue were those also suffered from depression and anxiety.  The teenagers who only suffered from fatigue were less likely to receive any treatment.

The researchers say that it is very concerning that so many teenagers who suffer from symptoms of fatigue, depression and anxiety, have their condition patently ignored.  If left ignored, these symptoms can actually develop into a full-blown pathological condition that could have serious repercussions for the patient’s health, not to mention the kind of effect that such symptoms of extreme fatigue, lethargy and depression can have when a person is driving a car.

 

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Many Parents Continue to Text While Children Are in Car

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A new study finds that many parents continue to text and use cell phones while driving with children in the car.

It’s one of the most dangerous practices that you could indulge in as a parent, and it is very distressing for car accident lawyers to see that so many parents continue to ignore the dangers of using texting devices and cell phones while driving.  A new study finds that many parents continue to text and use cell phones while driving with children in the car.

The study which was conducted in California shows that as many as two thirds of adults admit to using a cell phone while driving with children in the car.  As many as one third of adults also confirmed that they text while driving with children in the car.

The survey involved 715 motorists between the age of 30 and 64 in San Diego County.  Out of all the motorists in the survey, more than 500 said that they drove at least an average of one to 2 hours every day.

Out of these, 30% admitted that they used cell phones for talking, texting and using apps at least sometimes or often.  As many as 53% of the motorists said that they rarely used their cell phone for talking or texting, and 17% reported that they never used cell phones for texting or talking while driving.

Out of the motorists who had children, at least 65% admitted that they drove while using a cell phone for having a conversation, and 36% admitted to texting while driving with children in the car.  These children were already aged below 11.  In the case of parents of children between the age of 12 and 17, 63% admitted to driving with a cell phone, and 31% admitted to texting while driving with the children in the car.

Such parents cannot claim negligence about the dangers of texting while driving and cell phone use while driving for their behavior.  There is an entire body of research that clearly points to the dangers of using texting devices and cell phones while driving.

 

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