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Though You can Control Your Own Driving Behavior, There is not much You can do to Control How Others Behave on the Road

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017

A story posted in the November 24, 1967 issue of the Life Magazine and in a website called AF&G All Fun and Games says that in 1895 there were only two cars registered in the state of Ohio; these two cars collided into each other.

This story may sound ridiculous, but so do the following:

  • The first traffic fatality occurred in 1899. It involved a man in NYC who was killed by a car;
  • In 1902, the Baker Torpedo, the first electric car that enclosed both the driver and the platform in its aerodynamic body as taken for a speed test. It went as fast as 80 mph before crashing and killing two spectators;
  • In Sweden, a legislation that ordered a switch to right-hand traffic was passed in 1960. This legislation took effect on September 3, 1967. Contrary to what so many said that the switch is murderous, highway fatalities, surprisingly dropped over 50%. This was because everyone drove carefully – both hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the road;
  • An analysis of fatal car crashes in the U.S. shows almost consistently that the more cars there are on the road, the more accidents and fatalities there are too; and,
  • A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on car crashes show that more than 90% of the millions of accidents occurring every year are due to driver error or driver fault which include drunk-driving (which is the leading cause of car accidents), reckless driving, overspeeding and distracted driving.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD say, “Car accident fatalities are on the decline nationwide, but they remain a cause of physical, emotional, and financial suffering for tens of thousands of victims. In 2013, 32,719 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, and 2.3 million were injured; so many of these injuries were catastrophic and life-changing.

Unfortunately, you can only control your own driving behavior; there is not much you can do to control what others do out there on the road. Careless, reckless, and negligent drivers abound. Some fail to keep their attention focused on the road and become distracted, while others get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs, disregard traffic laws, or run red lights and stop signs. Others drive too fast or too aggressively, or fail to adjust their driving for road or weather conditions. As a result, some unlucky drivers and their passengers, in spite of responsible, focused, and skillful driving, find their lives in turmoil, their bodies broken, and their finances in a shambles, all because of another’s wrongdoing.”

Law firms that handle personal injury or car accident cases know for a fact that, to a victim, a car accident means not only trauma, painful injuries and damaged property, but costly medical treatment and, probably, lost wages too.

The unexpected financial concerns due to the injury and the need to make the liable driver realize the importance of observing road safety rules make it necessary for a car accident victim to pursue a legal action to be able to claim compensation and to remind the at fault driver of his/her legal duty on the road.

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