When you see anti-distracted driving campaigns, they often focus on drivers causing accidents while texting or talking on their cellphones. It's well-known that phones are perhaps the biggest distraction behind the wheel, and they do cause a lot of accidents. These campaigns are not wrong.
A 48-year-old Richland man was arrested and charged with drunk driving for his role in causing an injury crash along Interstate 82 on Jan.7. The incident occurred near the Grandview exit right around midnight.
There is only so much a driver can do to avoid getting into a car accident. Being defensive, attentive and following the rules of the road will certainly reduce one's chances of being in a collision, but with so many irresponsible drivers on the road, there's always a chance of getting into a crash. Therefore, in addition to driving safely, Benton-area motorists may also want to do the following to lessen the severity of their injuries in the event of an unavoidable accident:
The U.S. government needs to require underride guards on semitrucks -- not simply on the back of the trailers, but also on the sides of trailers. These underride guards prevent vehicles from sliding beneath the trucks when they collide into them. Numerous deaths and catastrophic accidents have happened due to the absence of these vital safety devices.
Your femur is the largest and strongest bone in your body, so it's very resilient to being broken. Nevertheless, the tremendous forces of a car accident are enough to break anything, which is why this kind of serious leg break is not entirely uncommon in a catastrophic auto collision. Fortunately, with the right medical treatment, doctors can do a lot to help someone suffering from a broken femur.
If every motorist could refrain from doing three things while driving, it would prevent the vast majority of car accidents. These three things include: (1) refrain from using a cellphone while driving; (2) refrain from speeding; and (3) refrain from driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to do these dangerous things while driving and -- in some cases -- it results in unnecessary fatal and injurious crashes. In fact, one such crash happened late last month.
Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 500,000-plus automobiles due to problems that could cause the uncontrolled movement of the vehicles. The esteemed automaker announced the recall approximately two weeks ago, after it became apparent that its 2013 to 2016 model Fusions and 2013 to 2014 model Escapes are dangerously prone moving in certain circumstances while they are parked.
"Loss of consortium" is the legal term used to describe lost spousal benefits. This category of damages relates to the losses suffered by the spouses of individuals who get hurt in accidents. These claims seek to remunerate spouses for the hardship and loss they've endured after losing the various benefits of having a spouse with them in house and home.
Have you ever been involved in a serious car accident that caused the air bag to deploy in your vehicle? Maybe the air bag even saved your life. Imagine what could have happened if the air bag failed to deploy. This is exactly the problem that Kia identified in 507,000 of its vehicles in the United States. According to the automaker, hundreds of thousands of its U.S. vehicles have air bags that could fail to deploy in the event of a serious collision.
In 20 percent of the motor vehicle accident fatalities in Washington, the person who died wasn't wearing a seatbelt. This is unfortunate because there's a high likelihood that these fatalities wouldn't have happened if the victim made smart choice to buckle up. Other Washington state statistics show that 5 percent of drivers don't wear seat belts when they get behind the wheel.