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Motorcycle accidents and Memorial Day weekend

Any time of the year can be dangerous for those riding motorcycles, but holidays are often especially concerning for multiple reasons. Not only do holidays such as Memorial Day bring an increase in traffic, some people drive drunk after celebrations as well. If you plan on riding a motorcycle over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, it is crucial to be vigilant and aware of the risks that you may encounter. Sadly, many innocent lives have been lost in accidents during this holiday and many people have sustained devastating injuries.

When someone gets behind the wheel after drinking too much at a family party over Memorial Day weekend, they are probably less likely to pay attention to the road closely and be aware of their surroundings. If you are riding a motorcycle, this can be disastrous. Moreover, many people take to the road over this holiday, whether they go on a road trip to visit family members and friends or they are out and about to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. With so much traffic on the roadways, it can be a particularly dangerous time to ride a motorcycle. Moreover, many motorcyclists enjoy celebrating the holiday by taking to the road and this weekend is often a perfect time to ride a motorcycle.

Delivery truck drivers and traffic collisions

Many people face risks associated with driving on a daily basis, but some people are especially likely to be involved in an accident at some point, such as those whose job responsibilities revolve around driving. For example, someone who drives a taxi, a large truck, a delivery truck, or a vehicle for any other work-related purpose likely spends a lot of time behind the wheel. Sometimes, these drivers are hit by the recklessness of others, such as those who are drunk. In other instances, they may cause an accident as well. For example, delivery truck drivers may be very tired after working for an extended period of time.

If you were hit by a delivery truck, you could be in an especially difficult position, depending on how fast the truck was moving. Moreover, minor accidents also occur far too often and often take place because of how difficult it can be to drive a delivery truck in a tight space, or a truck driver’s lack of experience. However, even relatively minor accidents can cause serious damage and leave victims with injuries that bring turmoil into their lives, such as missing work.

Red light cameras may help to reduce rear-end collisions

The findings of a 2017 university study indicated that drivers benefit from a longer grace period when approaching an intersection in which the light is turning red.

The study found that red light camera enforcement is instrumental in helping to reduce vehicle crashes, including common accidents like rear-end collisions.

Holiday weekends and drunk drivers

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may be looking forward to spending time with those you love and celebrating the holiday. Sometimes, these celebrations involve alcohol and sadly many people choose to drive after drinking at a get-together. Whenever you are on the road, there is always the risk of being hit by someone who is intoxicated after drinking or taking drugs. However, there are certain occasions, such as holiday weekends, when these accidents are even more likely. As a result, you should be vigilant during the upcoming holiday weekend and during other holidays throughout the year.

The ramifications of a drunk driving crash may go far beyond ruining the lives of those involved in the collision. Sometimes, these accidents lead to the loss of life, which can leave a whole family with emotional pain and financial turmoil. Even when no lives are lost, the injuries that people sustain in these accidents can also bring on hardships, whether they are financial, physical, or mental in nature. Unfortunately, people continue to drive drunk during the holidays, whether they are careless or do not realize that their blood alcohol content level is over the legal limit. Either way, there is no excuse for driving drunk.

Trucker fatigue and car crashes

Each day, people across the country rise early in the morning and head to work, where they will put in long hours to support themselves and those they love. Unfortunately, those who work excessive hours may experience a number of work-related setbacks, such as fatigue due to overtime or overnight shifts. When someone becomes overly fatigued, this can affect their life in all sorts of ways. In fact, it can increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision significantly. If you feel fatigued after work, it is important to be careful and avoid driving while you are too tired.

Sadly, many people do drive while they are suffering from fatigue, including large truck drivers, taxi drivers, and those whose job duties involve operating a vehicle. By doing so, they are putting lives in danger and they should be held responsible for an accident they cause. A driver who is suffering from fatigue may have difficulty reacting to a hazard on the road and following traffic safety laws such as speed limits or paying attention to stop signs. Drivers who are too fatigued may cross into oncoming traffic because they are dozing off behind the wheel and unable to stay alert.

Garbage trucks and the risk of a collision

Collisions happen on the road in many ways, but some are more common than others. For example, an accident involving certain types of vehicles, such as a garbage truck, may not happen as frequently as other types of accidents. With that said, these accidents still pose a major risk to drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. On the road, it is pivotal to be aware of any hazards and some of the unique challenges associated with waste collection.

A garbage truck accident may happen for various reasons. For example, a garbage truck driver may not be able to see a child in their blind spot and they could hit the child while backing up. Or, a garbage truck may collide with another vehicle while driving around, and the chances of an accident may be greater due to an inexperienced garbage truck driver or a worker who is exhausted after collecting waste all day. Moreover, other vehicles may collide due to problems with visibility or when one driver attempts to drive around a garbage truck.

Wildlife and motorcycle accidents

We have gone over many of the different reasons why motorcycle crashes take place, whether a motorcyclist is hit by a drunk driver or finds themselves involved in an accident after slamming into a tree. However, there are less common types of motorcycle crashes that can be equally as dangerous. For example, a wild animal may dart across the road, causing a motorcyclist to either collide with the animal or fall down after swerving in an attempt to avoid the critter. As with all motorcycle wrecks, the consequences can be very tragic.

As a motorcyclist, you should keep an eye out for wildlife whenever you ride, especially if you live in a rural area or a place in which animals frequently cross the road. Even in an urban area, animals can pose a threat. For example, you could be riding your motorcycle in a city or on a suburban road when a dog or cat on the road causes you to lose control. Colliding with an animal can result in the loss of an animal's life, of course. However, it can also cause a motorcyclist to pass away, especially if they are traveling at high speeds. Sometimes, these accidents are more likely to happen during certain times of year or times of the day.

Losing a loved one in a motorcycle wreck

Motorcycle accidents can be incredibly hard for all sorts of reasons, from an emotional, physical, and financial perspective. While this is true for accidents that cause an injury, it is particularly true for those that result in the loss of a motorcyclist's life. Sadly, many people have had their entire family upended by the loss of someone they loved, causing grief that will be with them permanently. Moreover, other hardships may arise when someone in the family passes away, such as financial challenges brought on by funeral costs, hospital bills, or lost wages.

If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash, you may be feeling extremely depressed or angry. You could have anxiety about what lies ahead and how you will cope with the significant ways your life has changed. Moreover, you could be worried about your children and the emotional impact the loss will have on them. To make things worse, a long list of financial problems may accompany the death as well. For all of these reasons, it is pivotal to look at all of your options with respect to moving forward and helping your family recover from the tragedy.

Workers’ compensation covers both injuries and loss of life

It is comforting to know that workers’ compensation covers injuries you might sustain at work. Although it is not pleasant to think about, your family could also receive benefits in the event of your death.

An incident at a New Jersey medical center illustrates how quickly a tragedy can occur.

Motorcycle accidents and slick roads

Motorcyclists have many hazards to keep an eye out for, such as drivers who do not pay attention to the road or operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are many other risk factors associated with motorcycle crashes, such as inclement weather, which can lead to an accident in many ways. Sometimes, strong winds knock tree branches onto the road, for example. However, slick roads due to rain or patches of ice can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists as well as everyone else on the road.

A motorcycle accident may occur in a number of ways when roads are slippery. Whether a motorcyclist loses control and veers off of the road, or the driver of another vehicle loses control and crosses into oncoming traffic while making a turn, roads that are slick can be very dangerous to drive or ride a motorcycle on. Unfortunately, some accidents are caused by negligent behavior, even if weather is partially to blame. For example, someone might be driving over the speed limit, which is especially irresponsible when road conditions are poor. If you have been involved in a wreck caused by this behavior, do not be afraid to stand up for your rights.

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