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Defective Tires

It is always important to practice caution when driving, as car accidents are a common occurrence. However, at times an accident can occur regardless of all parties involved practicing safe driving techniques. This often occurs when there is an issue with the vehicle itself that presents a problem to the driver. One of the most common occurrences of this is when a car’s tires turn out to be defective. This is one of the most inconvenient and dangerous occurrences for any driver. Common occurrences of dire defects include: tread separation, expired tires, conicity. Tread separation occurs when a radial tire suddenly loses its tread. This greatly increases the risk of a tire blow out. A tire blowout refers to a rapid pressure decrease in the remaining tire, and very often leads to a subsequent rollover accident. Expired tires occur when a tire becomes too old and worn to function correctly on a given vehicle. Studies indicate that tires expire after six years. These occurrences could be very dangerous and greatly increase the likelihood of an accident due to tire failure. Conicity refers to the occurrence when tire is shaped more like a cone than a cylinder, which is the desired shape. Tires do not develop conicity over time. Instead,...

Keeping Pedestrians Safe

While a car collision may severely injure a driver, the severity of the injury can be many times more if the victim were a pedestrian. About 190 pedestrians are hit by cars every day in the US; from these, at least 12 are fatal or end in death some days following the accident. The National Safety Council says that majority of non-fatal accidents involving pedestrian s take place in urban areas where there is always a high volume of cars and pedestrians. With concern to fatal accidents, however, the council states that these are more frequent in rural areas, where vehicles run at greater speed due to much lighter traffic. NSC further explains that the absence of shoulders (as pedestrian facilities), sidewalks, paths and street lights (for better visibility at nighttime) are major factors that increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian safety ought to be everyone’s concern because being a pedestrian is one thing all people in the US have in common. Other than walking, the meaning of pedestrian also applies to joggers or to anyone who is on foot and on the street, sidewalk, or walk path, and so forth. The concerted efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and car manufacturers have led to...

Causes of Injuries in Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents are considered to be more serious than other types of accidents because the fatality rate is quite high. Anyone inside a sport utility vehicle (SUV) or light truck during a rollover has a 50-50 chance of surviving, while those in heavier trucks are more at risk, with a 40% survival rate. What’s more, the injuries sustained in rollover accidents by the occupants that do survive are serious. Yet even with that grim survival rate and the fact that more than 30% of all fatal vehicular accidents are attributed to rollovers, there is no clear consensus on how the injuries are acquired. In short, experts are not sure what factors contribute to make rollovers so deadly. Ejection One of the causes of injuries considered by experts is that of ejection. It may seem obvious that when a passenger is thrown out during a rollover, that person is sure to get injured, if not killed. However, the ejection itself is not a cause of injury; in some cases, the ejected passenger is the only one to survive. It all depends on the circumstances. The ejection presents an opportunity for the passenger to get injured i.e. hits a concrete wall head first. In other words, it’s not the fall that...

Motorcycle Accident and the Motorcycle Helmet Law

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named the month of May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” – a vital move that is intended to remind all motor vehicle drivers and motorcyclists to safely share the road with each other. Reminders are also issued, first, to motorists, to help keep motorcycle riders safe by being be extra alert and, second, to motorcyclists, to always make sure that they are visible to other drivers. Records from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (for the year 2012) show 4,957 deaths and 93,000 injuries involving motorcyclists, who figure in motor vehicle traffic accidents. The American Motorcycle Association (AMA), the largest motorcycling organization in the world, considers this number too high despite the Governors Highway Safety Association’s claim that motorcycle-related fatalities in the US has declined. AMA greatly supports the Motorcycle Awareness Month to help riders stay safe on the road, as well as to help them know and protect their rights. One riding necessity that AMA always emphasizes is the wearing of a helmet that complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standards. This will somehow lessen the force of impact to the rider’s head, which is a common cause...
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