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How many children are hurt in auto accidents?

Motor vehicle wrecks can shatter the lives of anyone involved. However, it can be especially difficult for some people and their families, such as young children. Even though there are ways that parents can try to protect their children, such as ensuring that they are seated in a car seat properly if they are an infant or toddler, it is not always possible to prevent an accident or the disastrous consequences that may follow. As a parent, it is important for you to realize how widespread auto accidents that injure children truly are.

Discussing a motor vehicle wreck with your kids

Traffic collisions can destroy lives in all sorts of ways and bring up various challenges. Lives are lost, leaving whole families with emotional pain and financial burdens, while many more victims are injured and have their lives thrown off track. For those with children, these accidents can be especially difficult. For example, a parent may not be able to participate in activities with his or her child or provide them with the financial or emotional support they need after a crash. If you have a child, it is important to answer any of their questions and think about how to discuss the situation with them if you think that such a conversation is necessary.

Fatigue and motor vehicle crashes

Many recognize that the consumption of illicit drugs or alcohol can impair a driver's abilities and are a common reason why traffic collisions take place. However, there are far more causes of these wrecks, some of which may be harder for people to detect. Aside from distractions, such as a cell phone or loud passenger, these crashes are also caused by driver fatigue. There are many reasons why a driver may become fatigued and it is vital for you to keep an eye out for signs that you are tired. Unfortunately, many people are also struck by fatigued drivers and have the rest of their lives thrown off track due to someone's drowsiness.

Traffic lights and the risk of an accident

We have gone over many of the different factors that can contribute to a motor vehicle accident on this blog. For example, many people realize the risks associated with operating a vehicle while intoxicated or when the roads are icy. However, there are other less common accident causes, such as traffic lights that are not working properly. Unfortunately, even if you drive responsibly and carefully pay attention to any potential hazards, another driver could fail to use common sense and cause a collision.

Posting about an accident on social media

If you have been hit by a drunk driver or someone who was recklessly operating their vehicle, you may be going through a wide variety of problems. Whether you have physical pain, financial difficulties, or mental trauma, you may feel as if nobody understands the situation you are in or have no idea how to address these challenges. For some victims, social networking platforms are a good way to reach out to others and find some support from family members, friends, and even strangers. However, the sharing of certain types of sensitive information online can lead to problems down the road, so it is important to be mindful when it comes to online posts.

Prepare your teen for a car crash

No matter how much parents in California want to believe that their teen drivers will be safe when on the road unsupervised, accidents happen. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers have a three times higher risk of being killed in a crash than drivers 20 years old and older. Per mile they drive, those who are ages 16 and 17 are three times more likely to be in a crash than drivers 18 and 19 years old.

Opioids, car accidents, and the dangers we now face

An interesting study performed by researchers at Columbia University highlights how the opioid crisis has far reaching consequences. Many lives are affected by these dangerous and highly addictive prescription drugs, but the use of these substances isn't the only issue. People who are using opioids are out in the world doing other things while on these substances.

Understanding the dangers of distracted driving

From the consumption of too much alcohol to reckless speeding, traffic collisions happen for many reasons. In Murrieta, and cities all over the state of California, distracted driving is another serious danger that everyone should recognize before taking to the road. These distractions take many different forms and can cause a crash which leads to death or devastating injuries. As a result, drivers have a responsibility to avoid any distractions that can leave victims with a multitude of challenges.

Is driving safer going into Labor Day weekend

All of these are legitimate questions as the National Safety Council release preliminary statistics regarding the number of motor vehicle deaths in the first half of 2017. Essentially, motor vehicle deaths are down slightly compared to the same period in 2016. But more importantly, the country is in the midst of the steepest increase of accident related deaths over a two-year period in over 50 years.

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