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Reasons why night driving is so dangerous

Have you heard that night driving is incredibly dangerous? There are fewer cars on the road, but the percentage of those cars that get involved in fatal accidents goes up. If you have to drive after dark, this is something that you must take into account.

Why is the night so dangerous? Lack of visibility is a clear issue, and it's the reason that many young drivers have special after-dark practice hours. It just takes time to get used to driving safely when you can't see as well. You need faster reaction times, you need to be more alert and you have to avoid distractions.

Teen charged after deadly impaired driving accident

A 19-year-old man in Illinois was involved in a car accident that turned out to be fatal to an unborn baby. Now, the man has now been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana and has been arrested.

The crash happened in Mascoutah back on May 4, but the man is just now facing charges. Police say that the man was supposed to come to a stop at a sign at the intersection between Brickyard Road and Jefferson Road, but he failed to do so. As he apparently ran the stop sign, he slammed into a second vehicle with two occupants. Both cars flipped and went off of the road.

Trucks use driver cameras to catch fatigue

If you ask any expert about the main risks facing truck drivers, they'll tell you that driver fatigue is a real issue. Drivers get tired on the job, just like any other workers, but if they have slow response times or fall asleep at the wheel, other motorists can suffer serious injuries. Many truck accidents are fatal. It's a huge issue, and there are regulations about hours and time off that drivers have to follow in hopes that they'll get enough sleep.

That's not always enough. There is no way to regulate actual hours of sleep, after all, and some drivers may even falsify logs to skirt the rules.

Do funerals have to be expensive?

You lose a loved one in a workplace accident. You get the call from the authorities, or someone shows up at your door, and it's already too late. It happened so fast.

This is incredibly jarring on many levels. Emotionally, you feel lost. Mentally, it's hard to wrap your head around the sudden change. Financially, you do not know how you're going to make ends meet.

Diverging diamonds might save lives on Chicagoland roadways

Two new examples of a new type of interchange, or meeting to two major roadways, are now under construction in the Chicago area. Drivers are often confused and concerned when they first hear about the interchange idea, invented only in 2000 for a student term paper. Still, the design has quickly caught on among urban planners and highway engineers.

Advocates say the “diverging diamond interchange” (DDI) has gotten mostly good reviews where the design has gone into service. It’s said to reduce traffic accidents significantly in addition to being less expensive to build and leaving a smaller footprint on the land.

The changing demographics of motorcycle riders

It's very interesting to note some of the shifts in motorcycle ownership over the years. They show how the demographics are changing and help to illustrate what types of riders you can expect to see on the road.

For instance, the number of female riders has been trending up. It is still true that men ride much more than women, with a split of 81% to 19%, but women are getting more involved every day. The CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council said that these types of changes are very encouraging.

Intersections cause a stunning amount of accidents

You cross through numerous intersections every single day on your commute. But have you ever really thought about just how dangerous they are?

The reality may be somewhat sobering. Reports have gone so far as to say that, when looking at accidents resulting in fatalities or injuries, a full 80% of them take place at intersections. This applies when driving in urban areas.

What to do after a car accident

Getting into a car accident has the potential to be a terrifying experience. One moment you are driving along, minding your own business and suddenly you are in a wreck with another person or object. Every year car accidents cause thousands of dollars in damages, numerous injuries and, unfortunately, many deaths as well. In 2017, 1,097 people lost their lives in Illinois due to car accidents.

In the event that you find yourself involved in a car accident, it is crucial that you understand how best to handle the situation. Navigating the scene following an accident can be difficult, but it is important to stay calm and follow the proper protocol to assure that you are prepared for a worst-case scenario.

Teen peer pressure can lead to car accidents

As an adult, you do not often face peer pressure when you drive. Teens, however, are more likely to make poor decisions and even cause accidents because of peer pressure.

The reason that peer pressure works on teens is because they:

  • Want to fit in
  • Want people to like them
  • Want to impress their friends
  • Do not want to get made fun of

How you may feel after losing a loved one in a work accident

Workplace accidents, unfortunately, take thousands of lives every year. Some of these lives are lost in high-risk occupations, like construction. Others are lost in "safe" occupations where that type of accident was never expected. No matter how it happens, though, it's very jarring and shocking to the family members who are left behind. While we all may understand that death does happen and there are risks, there is no real way to fully prepare for that change in advance.

The key, then, is to understand how to react and how you may feel. Mental health experts note that you could experience the following:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Sorrow
  • Disbelief
  • Confusion
  • Guilt
  • Despair
  • Yearning
  • Shock
  • Depression
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