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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. 

Why are car accidents more common now that ever before?

Cars are safer than ever before, and the increase of certain in-car features, such as automatic braking, has made it possible for vehicles to keep people safe when they make mistakes. Despite technology and safer, better built vehicles, car accidents are still happening at an alarming rate. In fact, these incidents are becoming more commonplace in Delaware and across the United States.

Truck accidents and undiagnosed medical conditions

Delaware truck drivers are the behind the wheel of vehicles that are larger and heavier than other types of vehicles on the road. It is important for these men and women to be cautious and careful, as even one small mistake can result in truck accidents with terrible consequences. While human error is the reason for many of these types of collisions, some medical conditions may also be to blame.

Some vision problems can make auto accidents more likely

When a person cannot see the road clearly, it is reasonable to assume that person may have a more difficult time driving safely and avoiding hazards. In fact, certain data suggests that Delaware drivers with glaucoma may be more likely to be involved in auto accidents. This is an issue that is especially concerning for drivers over the age of 60.

Renewed proposal to reduce truck accidents through speed control

Earlier this year, a trucking safety advocacy group requested that the federal government require tractor-trailers to use speed restrictors. That request was recently acted upon by two senators, one of whom represents Delaware, who have introduced the bill to Congress. It is hoped that speed restictors will reduce serious truck accidents.  

How driver behavior affects rates of auto accidents

One of the main reasons that traffic accidents happen is because drivers are not paying attention or they make a mistake while behind the wheel. One type of behavior that could impact the rate of auto accidents is zombie driving, which happens when a driver arrives at his or her destination with no recollection of what happened on the way there. When polled, over half of all drivers say they often feel like they are on autopilot when behind the wheel.

Technology is helping lower the number of auto accidents

Even the most experienced of drivers will make mistakes from time to time, and sometimes, those mistakes can lead to accidents. In addition to simple driver error, other reasons for auto accidents include distracted driving, speeding, recklessness and drunk driving. While auto makers cannot control the behavior of drivers, they are working to implement technology in newer vehicles that can help Delaware drivers stay safe. 

Avoiding auto accidents when sharing the road with teen drivers

While car accidents can happen during any time of year, they are especially prevalent during the summer months. There are more travelers on the road during the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and many of these are young drivers. The combination of summer vacation, inexperienced Delaware drivers and increased travel can be a combination that results in more fatal auto accidents.

Advice for How to Handle a Slip and Fall Accident

When people go out for work, visit a loved one, or run errands, the last thing they probably anticipate is slipping or tripping and then falling onto the ground. The injuries of hitting the floor or pavement can do serious damage on the human body. A person may suffer from mild cuts and bruises, to more critical conditions like a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, an individual or entity may have had an influence in the accident happening. So, those who have slipped and fallen may want to know what their options are in seeking compensation from the party at-fault for their injuries, damages and other losses.

Many auto accidents may be the result of higher speed limits

Several decades ago, the speed limit on most highways and interstates was 55 mph. In comparison to today's interstate speed limits averaging from 70 to 80 mph, that may seem very slow to many Delware drivers. However, there is evidence that suggests that the slow increase in speed limits across the country over the last few decades is directly related to a rise in the number of serious or fatal auto accidents. 

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