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Distracted driving and large truck collisions

Large truck crashes happen for many reasons, including fatigue, the use of alcohol and prescription medication as well as speeding. However, distracted driving is especially concerning and has resulted in many large truck wrecks over the years. When someone who is driving a large truck becomes distracted, they may put many lives in danger, including their own. Sadly, this behavior continues to occur far too frequently on roadways across the country.

Large truck drivers may be distracted by a number of diversions. Smartphones are a common source of distraction and some truckers use their phones to text, upload content to social networking sites, browse through social media, talk with friends and family members and so on. Changing the radio and eating food are other distractions and these distractions can be especially difficult for someone whose job responsibilities keep them behind the wheel for extended periods of time. After all, a truck driver may become bored or tired of spending so much time looking at the road and they may look for ways to keep themselves entertained behind the wheel.

Warm weather, motorcycle riders and safety concerns

In Pennsylvania, motorcycle owners bring their beloved bikes out as soon as the weather warms up. By summer, Harleys, Indians and Yamahas seem to be everywhere.

That makes safety a concern. Motorists must be watchful and always keep in mind that they share the road with motorcycle riders.

Mental trauma following a truck accident

The physical consequences of truck accidents can be incredibly difficult, whether someone suffers a severe laceration or a back or neck injury. However, many truck accident victims suffer brain injuries and these wrecks can also give rise to mental trauma that haunts victims in different ways. If you are struggling with any mental challenges after a collision that was caused by another driver’s careless behavior, you should stand up for your rights and know exactly which legal options you have.

Accidents can traumatize victims in different ways, whether someone is afraid of being involved in another crash in the future or they witnessed something traumatizing in the crash, such as the loss of a loved one’s life. Some people may not be able to drive ever again after a crash, which can be especially difficult for those whose job revolves around driving (taxi drivers, truckers, and so on). Mental trauma may interfere with any worker’s performance, cause a college student to become distracted and struggle in class, lead to sleep problems and affect victims in many other ways.

Don't count on the trucker seeing your car

Pennsylvania drivers should always do a quick head check in addition to looking in their mirrors before changing lanes, turning or merging. For truck drivers, though, simply looking may not be enough. The Truckers Report notes that a semi-truck's blind spots are so large, even a careful truck operator could miss a smaller vehicle in the tractor-trailer's path.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration points out that passenger vehicle drivers can reduce their chances of a collision with a large truck significantly by recognizing the blind spots and staying out of them. 

Distracted driving and addiction

Distracted driving is nothing new, but the increasing prevalence of smartphones has given drivers new ways to take their eyes off the road. While it seems easy enough to put the smartphone down until the driver reaches the destination, many people have developed addictions to technology. Compulsive smartphone use and the rise of nomophobia, the fear of not having a cellphone, makes it difficult for many people to stay safe when behind the wheel. 

Far too many car accidents occur on Pennsylvania roadways every day. That is why everyone needs to pitch in and understand how smartphones have affected people's brains. 

Prescription medication and motorcycle wrecks

Motorcyclists are involved in collisions for many reasons, from fog and heavy rain to distracted drivers and carelessness. However, prescription medication is particularly concerning and has been responsible for many motorcycle collisions in recent years. Not only do some motorcyclists find themselves in serious crashes as a result of their consumption of certain prescriptions, but some are also hit by drivers who are drowsy and unable to focus on the road because of prescription drugs.

From medications that are supposed to eliminate anxiety to pain killers, there are all sorts of different drugs that people are prescribed. However, these drugs can cause a driver to become intoxicated and drowsy, even if they follow their physician’s recommendations. Moreover, some people abuse prescription drugs as well, which can be extremely dangerous and significantly interfere with a person’s driving abilities. Unfortunately, some drivers think that because a drug was prescribed by their doctor it is okay to get behind the wheel, even though they are impaired.

Teens, peer pressure, and drunk driving

We have gone over many of the risks associated with driving, but drunk drivers are especially problematic. Sadly, awareness campaigns and widespread media coverage have failed to prevent many people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. Moreover, there are certain groups which face unique challenges related to drunk driving. For example, younger people may make the poor decision to drive even though they are intoxicated because of peer pressure. Whether you are a teenager or the parent of a young driver, it is important to be aware of these issues. Moreover, teens may be involved in underage drunk driving accidents as passengers who are completely sober.

When a young driver consumes alcohol, they may become very intoxicated and unable to drive safely, even if they have consumed a relatively small amount of alcohol. Sadly, this puts young people and everyone on the road at risk and has resulted in the loss of many innocent lives. If you were struck by a teen who was driving after drinking, it is crucial to go over your options. Legal action may be a necessary response and could help provide you with some of the resources you need to move forward in your life.

The consequences of a truck crash while working

Employees face many challenges in the workplace on a daily basis. From discrimination and other rights violations to long work schedules, some workers have particularly challenging weeks. Truck accidents that occur on the job can make life even tougher for workers in various fields and these crashes may be more likely when a worker is fatigued or suffering from high levels of stress. In other instances, an employer may be responsible for a worker becoming injured in a crash or the reckless actions of another driver.

When someone is involved in a work-related truck accident, they may become seriously hurt or even killed. Aside from these consequences, they may also struggle with medical bills or experience financial troubles for another reason, such as losing the ability to keep working. Not only can physical injuries keep an employee out of the workplace, either on a temporary basis or permanently, but mental trauma may also leave someone unable to perform the duties of their job. For example, a taxi driver or truck driver may not want to get behind the wheel following a devastating accident, prompting them to find work in a new field.

Heat exhaustion and motorcycle crashes

A motorcyclist could become involved in an accident on the road for a number of reasons. Negligent drivers are particularly concerning, as well as drivers who are distracted or do not pay attention to the road carefully. During the summertime, extreme heat is another potential concern that can lead to a motorcycle accident. When a motorcyclist suffers from heat-related fatigue, they may be more likely to become involved in a collision that claims their life or results in a devastating injury. If you are planning on riding a motorcycle during very hot weather, it is important to be vigilant and watch out for signs that you are suffering from heat exhaustion.

There are different ways in which extreme heat can cause a motorcycle crash. For example, it may make a motorcyclist pass out and fall off of their motorcycle or have difficulty concentrating and focusing on the road, leading to a crash. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to some of the effects of extreme weather, as opposed to those who are riding in a car with air conditioning and protection from the sun. Some motorcyclists may continue to ride even though they are suffering from fatigue, which can be especially dangerous.

How many motorcyclist deaths occur among different age groups?

There are many ways to analyze fatal motorcycle accidents in order to develop a better understanding of the ins and outs of these crashes and focus on prevention. From the time of day to alcohol consumption, there are many factors that can play a role in the prevalence of motorcycle wrecks and offer warning signs for motorcyclists to be aware of. Age is another factor that may have an impact on a person’s likelihood of being involved in a fatal motorcycle crash and there are multiple ways in which age may affect riding abilities. For example, a younger driver may lack experience while an older driver may struggle with their vision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2016, a total of 1,488 motorcyclists under the age of 30 passed away in motorcycle crashes. For those aged between 30 and 39 years old, there were 952 fatalities, while 901 people between the ages of 40 and 49 lost their lives in motorcycle wrecks over the course of 2016. 1,940 motorcyclists who were over the age of 50 passed away in accidents throughout the year. Clearly, motorcyclists of all ages face significant risks on the road and may lose their lives in an accident.

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