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Are some auto accidents an act of violence?

When a car crashes into another vehicle or strikes a pedestrian or cyclist, people often refer to the incident as an accident. Most collisions are accidental, but the things drivers do that cause crashes are often intentional, such as texting, speeding or driving aggressively. Some people believe that changing the way people talk about auto accidents is important, such as referring to them as traffic violence incidents instead.

Regardless of the accident statistics in Delaware, many believe that it is important to talk about accidents differently. There may even be some reason to believe that by changing the vocabulary used, it could change a person's perception of vehicle collisions. In turn, this could bring more awareness and make for safer drivers. Advocates for better street and traffic safety think that using the word violence is important when describing accidents, particularly those involving a cyclist or pedestrian.

Safety features in vehicles could be causing more auto accidents

Many newer vehicles now come with features that are intended to help drivers stay safe and lower the chance of a collision. Automatic braking systems and other driver-assist features are tools that are supposed to make the road safer, but in reality, they could be playing a role in many distraction-related auto accidents. Delaware drivers may feel impervious to dangers when they use these features, causing them to remove their attention from the road.

A recent study found that people who use features like adaptive cruise control are more likely to engage in distracted driving. While phone use, such as texting and driving, is the reason for a significant amount of distraction, other things drivers may do when they feel safe is turn and talk to passengers, adjust the radio, eat or drink, or even apply makeup. The features that are supposed to make people safer could be causing them to make poor choices while behind the wheel.

Be especially careful at Delaware intersections

If you've been a licensed driver in Delaware for some time, certain driving maneuvers may come easy to you. This might seem like a good thing; however, there's a downside. When you get used to driving, some tasks behind the wheel become more like habits, which means you might not be as focused on the road as you should be. You might be more prone to distracted driving when this happens.

Whether you've owned a driver's license for 30 years or are a relatively new and inexperienced driver, there are some roadway locations that are typically more dangerous than others, such as intersections. Even if you are alert and cautious, it doesn't necessarily mean the other drivers who might approach an intersection at the same time as you will be the same.

Auto accidents caused by distraction: Is it getting worse?

A driver's sole responsibility is to keep the focus on the task at hand. Drivers who are distracted are significantly more likely to be in auto accidents that leave others injured or killed. Mostly because of phones and technology, such as in-car features, distracted driving is one of the biggest safety concerns on Delaware roads and across the country. 

Cellphones are the main source of distracted driving, primarily because of texting. As a result, most states have laws that prohibit texting and driving, and some even have laws that prohibit holding a phone for any reason while operating a vehicle. Despite these laws, statistics indicate that around 3,000 people die in distraction-related accidents each year, but those numbers don't reflect minor injuries, catastrophic injuries or even close calls.

Preventing auto accidents caused by sleepy drivers

When a person is behind the wheel, his or her main priority is to focus on the road and stay vigilant to potential hazards. This can be difficult to do when the driver is sleepy. Fatigued drivers can cause auto accidents, yet many people overlook the danger associated with driving while dangerously fatigued. In fact, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving.

Most Delaware drivers are aware of the danger of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and people know that distracted driving can lead to an increased chance of a car accident. However, most people do not acknowledge how dangerous it can be to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while sleepy. Just like drugs or alcohol, fatigue can affect a person's mental function and physical capabilities.

Workers' compensation for workers experiencing hearing loss

Depending on the nature of a person's job, he or she may face certain risks when at work. Sometimes, this is the risk of an accident or other things that may cause a physical injury. In other cases, it may be the risk of becoming ill due to occupational exposure. Certain Delaware workers may face the risk of hearing loss because of their work, which could be grounds for a workers' compensation claim. 

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tens of millions of workers face the risk of hearing loss at work because of dangerous noise levels. Often, the noise levels that could potentially damage a person's hearing are actually lower than what many people think is too loud. This means it is possible workers who should be wearing hearing protection may not think they need it.

Fatal car accidents on the rise in Delaware

Recent statistics regarding traffic collisions in Delaware indicate that the number of these events, specifically those involving a fatality, are on the rise. Law enforcement has recently said that fatal car accidents across the state are increasing. While there are many reasons why car crashes happen, it is likely that distracted driving plays a significant role in this unfortunate trend.

Distracted driving is a significant safety threat for all motorists. It encompasses a number of dangerous behaviors, including looking at a cellphone, eating, talking to a passenger or inputting information into a GPS. Any time a person is looking at something other than the road or doing something other than focusing on the task at hand, it can increase the chance of a collision.

Nursing home neglect causes physical and emotional injuries

Realizing that it is time to place a loved one in a nursing home is hard. You and your family might have tried to care for a parent or grandparent at home for as long as possible, but you could not provide the specialized care that he or she needed. You probably took great care choosing what you thought was the right facility. Unfortunately, it can be impossible to predict where nursing home neglect or abuse might take place.

Abuse and neglect can have a devastating impact on a nursing home resident. These individuals are usually already in vulnerable positions and may be suffering from one or more chronic illnesses. If this is what happened to your loved one, you know just how important it is to help them get the compensation they need. To successfully do this, you will need to prove that the nursing home's conduct caused suffering or losses.

Distracted pedestrians can increase the chance of auto accidents

When a person is not paying attention to the road while he or she is behind the wheel, it can make it more likely that he or she will be in a car accident. The same principle applies to pedestrians who are distracted while walking. Any time a person is looking at a phone, that person will pay less attention to what is going on around him or her. In cases where a person is walking near moving vehicles while texting, it can make it more likely that auto accidents will occur. 

Estimates suggest that around 11,000 people suffered injuries in the years between 2000 and 2011 because they were texting while they were walking. People may think that since they are not behind the wheel of a moving vehicle that texting and walking isn't dangerous or risky, but statistics indicate that's not the case. Whether they are inside a car or out, people frequently overestimate their ability to multitask.

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