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Distracted driving car accidents remain a growing concern

Whether we are driving down the street or across the country, it is likely that our cellphones are nearby. In fact, many drivers have their cellphones right next to them, as they use them to text and call while they are driving. This form of distracted driving is dangerous. It is so dangerous, in fact, that this type of distracted driving causes many deaths each year.

Driver trapped and seriously injured in Virginia head-on crash

When motorists in Virginia get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are tasked with operating the vehicle safely. Unfortunately, there are various obstacles that can get in the way of a driver operating a motor vehicle safely. Distractions, recklessness and intoxication could cause a driver to unsafely operate a vehicle, even causing the automobile to drift from their lane. Whether it is because a driving is texting, speeding or under the influence of alcohol, traveling into the wrong way of traffic could result in a serious or even fatal head-on collision.

Drowsy driving is a concern for ridesharing auto drivers

We tend to live busy lives. Sometimes we are too busy to eat, other times too busy to sleep. In some cases, we are so busy that we rely on other people to drive us to our destinations. Whatever the situation, when we get too busy to do one thing, it might impact the ability to do another. Take, for example, sleep deprivation. When we are behind on sleep, this can impact our ability to function. Our bodies may be weak and our minds fogged. This is not a safe condition to be in while driving; however, some motorists in Virginia and nationwide decide to take such a risk.

Driver charged in multi-vehicle crash in Virginia

Vehicles of various sizes and weights share the roadways in Virginia and elsewhere. Each of these vehicles, whether they are personal vehicles or work vehicles, are attempting to get to their final destinations. When traffic becomes heavy, this can add minutes to a driver's commute. When drivers are not paying attention, do not signal a turn or lane change or are driving too fast or too close to other vehicles, this poses many risks on the roadways. This could result in an automobile collision, possibly involving multiple vehicles.

The dangers of texting and driving

We've all heard it. Using technology while driving is a dangerous activity. So dangerous that it is considered to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. When a person picks up their cell phone while driving, both of their hands are no longer being used to drive, their eyes are no longer on the road and their mind is not focusing on the task of driving. These three distractions are what make texting and driving so dangerous.

Virginia driver loses control and hits sledding children

Winter weather means a variety of things to those living in Virginia and elsewhere. Some enjoy the snow and partake in a wide range of winter activities, and others choose to travel to warmer climates to avoid the cold weather. Regardless of a person's liking of the snow and cold weather, the reality is that winter weather can significantly impact road travel. Roads can be snow covered, slick with ice and it can be difficult to see. Inclement weather, such as snow and ice, is often the cause of serious car accidents, especially if a motorist is traveling too fast for conditions.

Two injured in auto accident caused by sleeping driver

Even the safest Virginia drivers are vulnerable to the recklessness and negligence of drivers who neither obey the rules of the road nor appear to care about keeping everyone safe. When there is a car accident in Roanoke and throughout Virginia, it can lead to injuries and fatalities. Some of the most dangerous types of crashes are of the head-on variety. But any accident can lead to major long-term problems to those who were involved. After car accidents have occurred, those who were affected must remember to protect themselves by considering a legal case to be compensated.

Daylight Saving Time can spark increase in car accidents

While many Virginians will be relieved at Daylight Saving Time as they will feel as if they are getting an extra hour of sleep until they grow accustomed to the change, there are also known dangers that they will rarely consider. Research has indicated that the number of people who are in a car collision because of drowsy driving rises right after the autumn time change. This information from AAA is concerning and should be factored in after a car accident.

Two-vehicle accident in Franklin County leaves 1 dead

A two-vehicle car accident in Franklin County, which many readers probably know is just south of the Roanoke area, killed one person and left two people serious injured. One of the injured victims had to be flown to the hospital from the scene of the accident.

A look at the problem of distracted driving in Virginia

In Virginia, 8 out of 10 traffic accidents are related to distracted driving. When a driver removes their eyes from the roadway, a serious accident can result with serious injuries to passengers, occupants of other vehicles and others using the roadway. It is important to keep in mind that when a driver is on the phone having a conversation while driving, their brain activity focused on driving is reduced by nearly 40 percent. Using a cell phone has been identified as a serious cause of distraction while driving.

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