A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the staggering distraction rate for teenage drivers in this country. Though distracted driving is a problem that affects more than just teens and younger drivers, it certainly is no surprise that younger, more naive people are prone to this kind of behavior.
An unfortunate wreck that involved three cars in Michigan left two people dead and another person injured after one of the cars swerved across the center line to initiate the wreck. Not much is known at this point about the details of the wreck. All we know is that two vehicles were traveling north on a highway when a vehicle traveling south on the same highway was unable to maintain stay on its side of the highway.
A tragedy that may have been negligent in nature occurred in Washington state recently. A construction crew was working on a bridge, a project that seemingly was underway for some time. The city obviously worked with the necessarily parties to establish a work plan and to organize the safety protocols and procedures that would be in place while the project was underway.
A new study has revealed some shocking information about distracted driving and teenage drivers, showing that previous estimates and predictions may be way off the mark. The study was performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and it looked at the six-second build-up to more than 1,700 accidents involving teen drivers. In previous estimations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that distraction was a factor in 14 percent of teen accidents.
The following story didn't happen here in Michigan, but location in this case doesn't matter. It could have happened anywhere, and there are important lessons to learn from this story that apply to anyone, anywhere.
Back in 2010, tragedy struck at a dairy farm in Michigan when two young people, aged 17 and 18, were killed at the farm when they apparently passed out in a tank that was lacking in oxygen.
What a difference a decade makes. Did you know that back in 2003, there were 391,486 traffic crashes in the state of Michigan? In those accidents, 1,283 people died. Now fast forward to the year 2013, when there were 289,061 traffic crashes and just 951 fatalities in the state of Michigan. That's a staggering decline in traffic crashes in just 10 years, and as we continue to improve our road laws and our cars become safer and more technologically improved, the numbers are likely to continue their trend down.
A tragic car accident recently claimed the lives of two Eastern Michigan University students -- one of which was on the Eastern Michigan women's basketball team. The 21-year-old basketball player was driving and a 23-year-old man was her passenger in the vehicle. At some point during their drive, the vehicle crossed the center line and entered oncoming traffic. It struck a vehicle being driven by a 22-year-old.
It was a sad scene recently when a vehicle that was being driven by a man who had his three children in the backseat went out of control on a slippery road and passed into oncoming traffic, triggering a crash that killed the man and one of the children in the vehicle. The wreck is being investigated by the police, though it appears that this is just one of those unfortunate things that happens way too often. It appears to truly be "an accident."
Usually when you bring up the topic of car accidents, the resulting conversation isn't a pretty one. Car accidents inherently involve unfortunate circumstances, and, in the worst cases, serious injuries and death. However, a new study has been released that gives a positive outlook on the world of car accidents.