Drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while texting or intoxicated because it affects your ability to react and make decisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated drowsy driving is the cause of approximately 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries each year. While they believe the numbers may actually be higher, it is difficult to calculate potentially related accidents because there is no test like the breathalyzer for alcohol detection. In some cases, accidents characterized as alcohol related may have actually been caused by a drowsy driver.
Iowa farmers are discussing automated tractors. Driverless Ubers are being tested on the streets of Pittsburgh. But until this week, the federal government had little in the way of regulations addressing the new technology.
Riding a bicycle is both a way to enjoy time outside and a means of transportation. No matter the reason Iowa residents choose to ride a bike, the fact is that this activity comes with some risks. Depending on where a biker is riding, he or she might be traveling on the road, in a bike lane or even on a sidewalk. No matter what surface a cyclist is traveling on, he or she is likely to travel near automobiles and traffic. Because of this, the risk of an automobile-bike crash is present, which makes it important for both drivers and bicyclists to exercise safety.
Although the summer months are coming to an end, Iowa residents often continue with their outdoor activities such as bicycle riding. In fact, many residents will continue to travel by bike well into the winter months. Because of that, it is always important for bicycle safety to be considered. Bike riders should understand the rules of the road and where and how it is safe for them to travel. Additionally, drivers should always be cognizant of bicyclists traveling on or near the roadways throughout the year.
It can happen to all drivers. An individual in Iowa is running late, and in order to get to his or her destination on time, he or she will drive faster. Whether this means exceeding the speed limit by one or 10 mph, speeding can create a dangerous condition on the roadway. Moreover, this situation could result in a speed-related accident, resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
Summer is an exciting time for residents in Iowa and other states across the nation. It often means school is out, family vacations and several national holidays to celebrate with cookouts and fireworks. Despite it being a joyful time, there are downsides, dangers and risks during the summertime, including an increase in car accidents.
While there are many reasons for accidents on Iowa roadways, there are some causes of fatal car accidents that occur more frequently than others, and some are more dangerous than others. Understanding the causes of accidents and fatalities can help people to prevent accidents and protect themselves on the road. It can also help people to understand the legal ramifications of an accident.
Are certain drivers prone to more serious injuries in a car accident? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, older adult drivers are at a higher risk for suffering injuries in a car accident. A study indicated that is 2012, more than 5,560 older adults were fatally injured in car crashes while more than 214,000 were injured.
Numerous residents in the state of Iowa rely on a vehicle to get around. While these are often considered safe and efficient forms of transportation, drivers can encounter various dangers on the roadway. Our law firm understands that even the safest drivers could get into a serious accident due to negligent drivers and dangerous intersections. In these matters, it is important to understand the cause of the accident in order to properly evaluate the incident and establish whether a civil action is in the best interest of the injured victim.
While some accidents are clearly caused by a negligent driver, there are other accidents where the real issue was defective car design or dangerous auto parts. When it comes to these defective parts or car designs, this is often not figured out until the investigation after the crash. In other cases, an accident can be caused by a combination of negligence and auto defects.