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Avoid these common types of car accidents

Car accidents happen every day. You probably know people who have been involved in serious collisions. You may have had a fender bender or two yourself during your driving career. There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting hurt on the road in the future.

Pedestrians face increased danger on the roads

Pedestrians may be relatively safe on Virginia roadways, but they can still face significant dangers on a daily basis, let alone while traveling to neighboring states. A study by Smart Growth America examined the dangers pedestrians face in states and metropolitan areas across the United States. Eight out of the 10 most dangerous cities were in Florida, leaving the state as the most dangerous for walkers. Virginia's neighbors, Maryland and North Carolina, came in at number 13 and number 18 on the list.

What drivers should do after an accident

A motor vehicle accident could cause property damage as well as bodily injury. In Virginia, an individual is required to stop at the scene of an accident. If an individual gets into an accident with property that is unattended, he or she must either locate the owner or leave a note. The note must contain the contact information for the driver who caused the accident as well as the time of the accident. The police will need to be notified in such a scenario.

Many ridesharing drivers are sleep-deprived, says AASM

Those who work as ridesharing drivers in Virginia should already be aware of the risks they face. Low fares and salary incentives can compel many drivers to work past their safety limits, depriving themselves of sleep in the process. Even worse, they tend to undervalue sleep. Since most ridesharing drivers are independent contractors, they aren't screened for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Infotainment system distractions the subject of new AAA study

Researchers have conducted a study for AAA that show how distracting infotainment systems can be. Virginia residents who want these and other new tech on their cars should know what the dangers are since no one is immune to distracted driving. The study involved 30 new 2017 vehicles with infotainment systems. A group of drivers aged 21 to 36 participated by using the systems while behind the wheel.

The wrong way to fight roadway fatigue

Thousands of accidents are caused by trucks in Virginia and the rest of the United States every year. In 2016, nearly 4,000 people died as a result of these incidents. One of the leading causes of collisions is fatigued drivers. Due to the large weight of trucks, fatality victims are often drivers and passengers in small vehicles as well as cyclists and pedestrians. Only a small portion of fatalities are truck drivers themselves.

Pedestrian injury: What steps should you take after an accident?

Motor vehicle drivers have a clear advantage when it comes to avoiding injuries in a pedestrian-versus-car crash. The pedestrian may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries after a direct hit while the motorist will usually survive without suffering any kind of bodily harm. For this reason, motorists have a high level of responsibility when it comes to giving pedestrians the right of way and staying attentive.

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