I wrote about this issue several weeks ago. If common experience is any indicator, it seems to me that more and more adults are texting and driving. Driving down Burnside or along I-84, or virtually any other street in Portland, it's become increasingly obvious that distracted driving is not just a kids game anymore.
As part of the blog's continuing video series on distracted driving, today's video is part of a chat with David Teater, the Director of Transportation Initiatives at the National Safety Council. In the series of videos, Mr. Teater focuses on a number of issues related to distracted driving and provides a series of insightful tips to help prevent distracted driving car accidents. Click through to watch.
You may say that I spend to much time blogging about another blogger. I'm talking about the Oregonian's traffic beat writer and resident auto / traffic blogger, Joseph Rose. Whatever. I think the guy is a funny and entertaining writer. When you're covering traffic in the Portland-Metro area for a mainstream newspaper, that's no small task. Nor is it a small task to bring some levity to a blog focused on Oregon car accidents written by a Portland car accident lawyer. So, I try.
As the country comes out of the most significant recession since the Great Depression, economists and academics of all disciplines are looking at the impact the Great Recession, as it has been called, has had on the habits of American purchasers.
When we think of text messaging and driving car accidents, we often think of someone slowing down to a light and not stopping in time. Or we might think of someone driving slowly next to us on a busy street at relatively slow speeds. There is no question that those types of low impact, city driving car accidents occur all the time. The stop and go of city driving makes texting and driving car accidents, rear end collisions and the like, a harsh reality.
Pretty much everyone knows these days that car seats -- properly installed, properly and religiously used car seats -- are absolutely critical to the safety of your child in a car. The blog has run entries on child seats and has another one coming later in the week.
One of the most dangerous and underreported types of car accidents involving children is known as the backover accident. The term "backover accident" refers to a car or SUV backing up into someone or something. Disproportionately, this "someone" is a small child. Many children are seriously injured or even killed every year in backover accidents. This phenomenon is far more widespread than most people know.
I was lucky enough to be out of town most of the Snowlandia 2014 epic storm (although I missed out on some great sledding and snowball fights). By the time I got back to town, the snowy wonderland was giving way to sheets of ice. Although there are a fair amounnt of midwest transplants who think the fear is far overblown, there is no question that driving in the snow can be dangerous if you're not careful. Of course, most Portland car accident lawyers will tell you that they usually see a spike in car accidents following extraordinarily inclement weather, and people do the dumbest things in the snow behind the wheel.
If you're anything like me, you've wrestled with your child's car seat for years. You'd just as soon throw it out the window if you didn't know just how critical it was to preserving the safety of your most precious cargo. The straps always double over or get jammed. The latches make it nearly a full day's work to switch the 'easy switch' car seat from one car to another.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is not just an activist association, although it certainly is that. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, or MADD as it is more commonly known, is a surprisingly useful data gathering service and research resource. What is particularly cool about madd.org is that it has state-by-state statistics, so you can zero in on your area and gain a greater understanding of your state's statistics.