There are few things more important to your child's safety, inside or outside of a car, than making sure they ride in a properly installed child safety seat. We've known this for years. This is so important, in fact, that several car seat installation check points have sprung up in cities all over the country.
We've all heard the texting and driving horror stories. The stories are bizarre and varied. Take for example, the man who killed a boy on a bicycle because he was texting his girlfriend who was sitting next to him in the car.
Every year around this time, the blog publishes an entry on holiday driving. Studies show that year-over-year car accidents spike during the holiday season. Part of that can be explained by bad weather conditions--icy, slick or snowy roadways.
Earlier in the week, the blog wrote about the risks posed by distractions other than you phone. Following up on that post, this entry looks at an interesting 2013 study from Ian Spence of the University of Toronto.
As of last count, 41 states have laws against text messaging and driving and/or hands free laws regulating talking on the phone. To be sure, these are the leading causes of distracted driving car accidents, but what other distractions are lurking.
The blog has spent the better part of the last week looking at and publishing entries on the statistics released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on pedestrian accidents. These statistics were the official statistics released from 2011.
If you read this blog at all, you know that the Sarah Nelson, P.C. Car Accident Blog frequently rehashes articles and blog posts from the Oregonian's Joseph Rose, their traffic beat reporter. He's thoughtful and he knows what he's doing. Last week he wrote about the epidemic of drivers passing stopped Tri-Met vehicles on the left.
Nestled in the gorgeous Columbia Gorge, a drive through Hood River County is one of the most scenic and prettiest drives you are likely to find in the State of Oregon. Inclement winter weather and heavily populated highways and freeways, however, can make it a relatively dangerous stretch of road.
The blog frequently reports on the extraordinary efforts being put forth by government, law enforcement and private citizens alike to try and combat the serious problem of distracted driving on our nation's roads. Indeed, it seems that a joint effort from "the village" may be the only thing to make a dent on what has become the most serious and dangerous problem on the roads today--distracted driving.
This blog entry continues our survey of the 2012 Oregon car accident statistics compiled and published by the Crash and Analysis and Reporting Unit of the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. It is truly and invaluable resource for Portland car accident lawyers and, really, for any interested citizen.