Halloween only comes once a year, and maybe that’s a good thing: With sugar-fueled children running around unpredictably, revelers drinking and driving and motorists unable to see small children in the dark, there is an increased risk for injuries. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children are four times more likely to be in a traffic accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
In the last couple of months, we have touched on a lot of issues with road safety and car accidents. People can suffer horrible injuries as a result of car accidents. Drivers can fail to operate their vehicles in a safe manner, whether it be due to bad choices or distraction. And pedestrians and bicyclists are in particularly dangerous positions out on the road, simply because of their inherently unprotected nature.
Being in a motor vehicle accident can be traumatic and unnerving. Chances are, you might follow traffic laws to the letter in hopes of preventing a similar event but even the safest of drivers cannot avoid every collision, as others might not always adhere to the rules of the road as strictly as you do.
Anyone who has ever driven the streets of Oklahoma City or on the interstate highways carrying people in or out of the area knows distracted drivers are some of the most dangerous people behind the wheels of moving vehicles.
After any type of motor vehicle collision, there is the potential for passengers and drivers to suffer injuries. In severe cases, the injuries prove to be catastrophic and/or fatal. People may be paralyzed or suffer from a traumatic brain injury.
If you're like many people who live in the Oklahoma City area, you work in the city but live in Mustang, Choctaw or elsewhere on either side of downtown. More than likely, you take an interstate to get to work each day.
In the past few years, anti-distracted driving campaigns have become ubiquitous with auto safety. Countless lives have been lost in accidents caused by texting while driving (and talking on a cell phone) while behind the wheel.
The self-driving car industry just received a significant push on what one lawmaker refers to as the path towards innovation once seemed unimaginable.
Drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol create hazardous conditions on roads throughout Oklahoma and the nation. A recent study from “down under” reveals the combination of the two types of impairments can be even more dangerous and deadly.
Long ago, very few people owned cars. Oklahoma residents and others traveled by different means, including horseback, boat or on foot. You probably can barely imagine living that way nowadays, as the majority of people travel by car. If you live and drive in a high traffic area, you may be keenly aware of the problems distracted drivers cause. When you share the road with someone who is preoccupied in their thoughts or otherwise distracted behind the wheel, your life and all other drivers nearby are at risk.