If you are the parent of a teenager, you might encounter various challenges, from problems in the classroom to issues with some of their friends. However, those involving driving can be especially difficult and as younger drivers begin to enjoy the independence and opportunities that come with a driver’s license, it is essential to remind them of dangers on the road. It is particularly important for you to warn your child about the distracted driving and do your best to prevent them from becoming involved in an accident because they were not focusing on the road.
When an accident occurs, it is very important to immediately assess the damage and address any injuries that those involved in the collision have suffered. Often, car accident injuries can be immediately recognized, such as a broken bone or a deep cut. However, those involved in a motor vehicle collision should also know that there are a variety of delayed symptoms to watch out for, which might not appear until days, weeks, or even months after an accident.
People recognize that many risk factors contribute to motor vehicle collisions, from driver fatigue to the use of illicit substances and alcohol. It is also important to be aware of some of the less obvious threats that can increase the chances of a motor vehicle wreck, such as bright sunlight. Some people may not think of the sun as a threat, but there are different ways that the glare of the sun can lead to an accident on the road.
Every year countless new drivers are introduced onto Jeffersonville's roads. Ultimately, these new motorists will hopefully gain the experience needed to consistently navigate those roads safely while behind the wheel. Yet after being first introduced to driving, new motorists (especially teens) tend to exhibit many of the risk factors that contribute to car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists some of those to be speeding, driving at odd hours and operating vehicles while intoxicated. Its data shows teens as being among those age groups more likely to engage in such behavior.
As residents in Indiana should be able to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas knowing this time of year offers them special time with friends and family. Sadly at too many holiday gatherings people choose to drink alcoholic beverages and then drive themselves home instead of identifying a designated driver or using ride hailing services or public transportation. This seemingly simple decision puts far too many innocent people in harm's way for no reason.
Like most residents in Indiana, you have likely heard and read many things espousing the dangers of distracted driving but you may wonder just how much of a problem this really is. Forbes provides details from a study conducted by Consumer Reports that provides some insight into this. The results are startling indeed and confirm that much work is needed to convince drivers, auto manufacturers and lawmakers alike that more help is needed to reduce the risk associated with distracted driving.
For some in Indiana, once Halloween has come and gone, the major autumn and winter holiday season arrives fast. This often brings with it a slew of gatherings with friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers and more. Many of these events require people to travel and the choice to take the journey by car remains a highly popular one across the country. Unfortunately this choice carries with it the risk of being involved in a serious or even fatal motor vehicle accident at a time that should allow people to focus on celebrating.
Even with the increasing availability of ridesharing options, too many people in Indiana continue to stubbornly hold tight to their keys and choose to drive after they have been drinking. Residents throughout the state should be aware that the stereotype of drunk drivers being otherwise irresponsible citizens is not always true. Unfortunately many people who have jobs in which they are intended to protect others end up causing harm to the very people they should serve.
It should not be any surprise to people in Indiana that driving a motor vehicle after drinking or while under the influence of drugs is not only illegal but incredibly reckless and dangerous. Despite many public awareness campaigns over the years, sadly there remain people who will not put away their keys after they have consumed alcohol or used drugs. Even sadder is the fact that innocent people continue to be hurt or killed because of this.
It should be no surprise to anyone in Indiana that grabbing a set of car keys and getting behind the steering wheel after drinking alcohol is dangerous. For several decades you have likely heard advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving or law enforcement entities highlight these risks and raise awareness about alternatives to getting home. Sadly, too many people continue to disregard what is a known fact - that drinking and driving is a deadly combination.