Monday, October 8, 2007

Road Accident Alert!

Vehicular accidents are fortuitous events that can happen to anyone. These can be avoided though by the exercise of due diligence. And in this free world we’re living in, rubbing shoulders with peasants and Kings along public streets on a typical day, it is just sensible that every one is demanded due care from and at the same time protected by the law against negligence.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young persons aged 16 to 20. Yearly, over 6,327 persons aged 16 to 20 are involved in fatal crashes and this figure continues to increase.
There are various car accident causes we should be wary of:
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol) – The NSDUH report also states that in 2002 and 2003, more than 4 million persons (21 percent) aged 16 to 20 reported DUI involving either alcohol or elicit drugs. Be a defensive driver and avoid frequenting streets during ungodly hours of the night. The dangerous and scary fact of DUI is it can victimize careful and sober unsuspecting drivers.
  • Aggressive / poor driving skills – As mentioned above, defensive driving is recommended. It is going beyond mastery of road rules and basic mechanics of driving. It’s anticipation of dangerous situations despite adverse mistakes of other drivers or adverse conditions. There are general rules and specific driving techniques one should develop a habit of.
  • Vehicle engine failure – Automobiles should have a monthly service checkup to make sure that they can safely cruise around public roads.
  • Cellular phone misuse – California has recently enacted the cell phone act ban which prohibits drivers from using their mobile phones and gadgets while driving. Distraction like this and rubbernecking proves to play tremendous part in heavy traffic and frequent accidents.
No one is exempted from car accidents; anyone and anything can get involved. Protect and familiarize yourself of the steps you can take when an accident takes place. You can also consult a lawyer and file a California personal injury claims should you sustain any kind of bodily harm.