If you have been following our blog, you are aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving and have read about laws enacted to prohibit drivers from engaging in dangerous practices. If people are aware that texting and driving are a dangerous combination, why do they continue to engage in this behavior?
Truck accidents between tractor trailer drivers and passenger vehicles seems to be on the rise in our region. As such, injuries and deaths associated with these accidents are also on the rise in Pennsylvania. Truck drivers individually log hundreds of thousands of miles a year and the companies they work for count on their drivers to meet time-sensitive deadlines that could otherwise cost them thousands of dollars if those deadlines are not met. Although many truckers tend to get a bad rap, the truth is that the majority of them follow company policies and federal laws; however, there will always be those few who make poor decisions and break the rules for their own selfish benefit.
Imagine that you have just been in a car accident caused by another driver that has left you injured. As you get out of your car, the driver of the other car runs over to see if you are okay and then tells you he is sorry that his dog got in the way of his driving. Now probably even more frustrated after the explanation, you wait for medical help and think to yourself how in the world drivers' dogs can cause car accidents. As unlikely or as likely as it sounds, every year thousands of people are injured in car accidents by drivers who are distracted by their pets.
Drowsy driving is one of the main causes for car and truck accidents here in the United States. Even though the danger may seem obvious, two out of five drivers admit to falling asleep while driving according to a car accident study recently released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to the same study, about 17% of fatal car and truck accidents are caused by drowsy drivers. The study looked at car crash information from 2000 to 2012.
In 2012, deaths on Pennsylvania highways increased by 24 from 2011. The total number of people killed on Pennsylvania's roads in 2012 was 1,310. That is almost 4 people killed per day.