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How to document the aftermath of a car accident

People in Pennsylvania who are in car wrecks should remain calm and try to document the situation. The first step is to determine whether anyone is injured and needs emergency assistance. Once medical help has arrived or if it is not needed, the person should begin taking photographs of the scene.

How to protect one's self from a drunk driver

Pennsylvania motorists may come across others on the road who are acting erratically. The reason for this behavior may be that they are driving under the influence, and there are some basic tips for avoiding a crash with a drunk driver. The first tip is awareness. Signs of erratic driving include turning wide or abruptly, drifting out of lanes, slowly reacting to traffic signals and driving too slowly. Drunk drivers often have their face close to the windshield.

Human error a likely reason for car accidents

It is important for many different reasons to determine why a car accident happened. Police in Pennsylvania need to know who caused it to determine if anyone should be ticketed. Insurance companies need to know if they are liable for paying out a claim in an accident's aftermath. In many cases, human error is to blame for a collision taking place, but there are many different types of mistakes a person can make.

Speed linked to 26 percent of road deaths

A report released recently by the Governors Highway Safety Association links almost one in three road deaths in Pennsylvania and around the country with excessive speed. The nonprofit group's "Speeding Away From Zero" study says that one of the biggest challenges facing lawmakers tackling the problem is that exceeding posted speed limits is seen as culturally acceptable by a large part of the motoring public.

Daydreaming behind the wheel is a danger

Many Bucks County motorists have heard a great deal about the dangers of texting while driving. Using a phone while behind the wheel is undoubtedly a bad idea, and these technological distractions have been linked to a number of serious accidents. However, while a good amount of legislative attention, research and technological development has gone into reducing the likelihood of distracted driving due to mobile devices, other forms of distraction remain a significant threat. One of the most common causes of serious car accidents is driving while daydreaming, inattentive or simply lost in thought.

Car accidents are a leading global killer

Car accidents aren't only a major safety concern for people in Pennsylvania. Around the world, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for children and young people between the ages of 5 and 29, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). Not only do car crashes disproportionately take the lives of young people, they are the eighth leading overall cause of death on a global level. The WHO released these statistics as part of its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, which noted that 1.35 million people were killed in 2016 in traffic incidents, outstripping the death tolls associated with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

External airbags could make car crashes less dangerous

For many people in Philadelphia, improving vehicle safety is a top priority. Car accidents can cause devastating injuries and even take lives, so using technology to make deadly crashes less likely could be highly beneficial. One company is working to develop external airbags that, unlike traditional airbags, sit on the outside of a vehicle. According to tests, external airbags could make crash injuries 40 percent less severe for people in equipped cars.

Driving tips for Pennsylvania winters

December means holidays, family and fun-filled festivities. Unfortunately, it can also mean bad weather and slippery roads. That's why the National Safety Council has released some winter driving tips that can help Pennsylvania drivers reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safe holiday season.

Regulators struggle to understand the reasons for crashes

Philadelphia motorists often have little understanding of the true causes of auto crashes. Even police reports often don't fully reflect the reasons why accidents happened. When the National Safety Council reviewed police reports nationwide, it found that no state records all of the data that traffic safety groups and the government need to determine the major causes of crashes. By understanding why car accidents happen, safety officials can take steps to improve their prevention.

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