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Older Drivers More Likely to Be Involved in Accidents at Intersections

Monday, April 30, 2012

That older motorists face serious challenges when they drive is no secret to any Thousand Oaks car accident attorney.; These drivers face physical challenges, including failing vision and hearing which can affect their ability to drive safely. A new study finds these that these drivers may be much more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections, because of their inability to scan and screen relevant information in certain regions in their environment.

According to the researchers, senior drivers seem to be much more likely to be involved in right-of-way accidents that occur at intersections. In these accidents, Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers typically find that driving hazards emerge from the driver’s side. Senior drivers seem to be less likely to process information that emerges from the side, possibly because they are concentrating so heavily on avoiding hazards on the road directly in front of them.

According to the researchers, senior drivers are at a high risk of accidents, because they have diminished cognitive abilities, like a narrowing of their useful field of view. Also, these drivers are more likely to be involved in such accidents, because they are less likely to judge a vehicle’s speed properly.

Additionally, the physical challenges that senior drivers face, like a lowered ability to control the movement of the vehicle, probably reduces their ability to avoid such collisions. Reflexes also have a lot to do with these accidents. Senior drivers may be less likely to turn their heads quickly to look for an accident hazard approaching from the side.

Interestingly enough, the inability to scan for accident hazards is one crash factor that is present in accidents involving teenage drivers too. However, among young drivers, the reasons for this are inexperience, and lack of driving skills. However, it’s slowing physical and mental abilities that prevent seniors from scanning for accident hazards adequately.

Older Drivers Are Safer Than We Believe

Monday, April 09, 2012

Older drivers are not just proud of their driving privileges, but are also able to avoid dangerous situations. This is probably one of the reasons why these drivers are involved in fewer auto accidents compared to many other categories of motorists.

Approximately 90% of senior citizens who participated in a recent survey by the AAA said that it was important for them to retain their driving privileges, and that they would do anything to keep themselves safe on the road in order to continue to retain their driving license. Contrary to what many people believe, many senior drivers do not take unnecessary risks with their safety, or the safety of other drivers.

Approximately 50% of the seniors in the study avoided driving at night, when visibility is poor, and the risks of an accident are greatly enhanced. More than 60% of the seniors in the study admitted that they avoided driving in poor weather. Slippery roads, fog and blinding rain can increase a senior’s risk of an accident. Fortunately, many seniors prefer to stay indoors when the weather is bad.

Approximately 42% of the seniors avoided driving in heavy traffic conditions. About 37% of them admitted that they avoided driving on unfamiliar roads. Driving on unfamiliar roads could lead to a senior motorist driving in the wrong lane, or being distracted trying to look for the road.

The study’s findings are extremely encouraging to any Burbank car accident lawyer. However, it is recommended that family members of senior citizens look for signs of deteriorating driving abilities, and take steps to prevent the motorist from driving anymore. However, taking away the driving privileges of a senior driver is a sensitive matter, and should be approached with great tact and caution.

Videogame to Teach Teenagers Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

Monday, February 13, 2012

Teenage motorists are at some of the highest risks for accidents involving distracted driving, because smart phones and social media are such an integral part of their lives. Unfortunately, many anti-distracted driving campaigns that San Fernando Valley car accident attorneys came across seem to be designed with adults in mind. It's little wonder then that teenage drivers are immune to anti-distracted driving messages. Now, researchers have developed a videogame that they believe is a more effective way of getting the message across to these motorists.

The videogame has been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. It is called Distraction Dodger, and involves players trying to deliver pizza in a distracting environment. The players have to deal with distractions on their cell phones, as they navigate traffic obstacles. As the game progresses, drivers receive feedback about their own performance, including the level of distraction, and their driving performance. The Internet-based video game is designed to help teenagers or young adults understand the dangers of driving while distracted.

The game was recently unveiled at the Teen Safe Driving Summit. The researchers believe that the videogame provides teenagers with a teachable moment, helping them understand that there are grave dangers of being involved in an accident when you use cell phones while driving.

What San Fernando Valley car accident lawyers have found very encouraging is that the videogame has received attention from top ranking national transportation safety officials. According to Transportation Secretary LaHood, the game is a valuable new tool that will help fight distracted driving among teenage drivers, and help them learn lessons about distracted driving.

Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States, and distracted driving killed more than 3,000 motorists last year. In a situation like this, we need more effective initiatives to combat distracted driving among teens.

Accident Risks Increase over Super Bowl Weekend

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

With large numbers of intoxicated drivers - some victorious, some dejected - heading home, it should be no surprise to any San Fernando Valley car accident lawyer that accident rates increase after the Super Bowl game. This weekend, the scene will be no different. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already warning fans to make plans to get home safe after the game.

According to one study conducted in 2003 by the University of Toronto, there was a 41% increase in motor vehicle accidents in the hours immediately after the Super Bowl. The study was based on data from between 1975 and 2001. Researchers found that the hour immediately after the game was the most dangerous, with a 70% increased risk of accidents.

Even more interestingly, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the largest increase in auto accidents was recorded in the home states of the losing teams in the game. In these states, the number of accidents increased by approximately 68% after the end of the game. In contrast, fans in winner states were much more likely to get home safely, presumably to continue their happy celebrations at home. In these states, there was a 6% increase in accidents after the game.

Whether you are a home state fan, cheer for the rejected team, or like many Californians plan to remain neutral, stay safe after the game. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is especially calling on Super Bowl party hosts, as well as organizers of parties at restaurants, hotels and other venues to make sure that guests get home safely. The best way to do this is making sure that your guests have designated drivers before the game, or by arranging rides.

Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Violent Crime

Monday, January 02, 2012

As San Fernando Valley accident lawyers find, persons who have suffered a brain injury in a car accident may be at risk for a number of consequences over the long term, and maybe even the rest of their life. These include memory loss, depression, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, chronic headaches, attention deficits, and mood swings. To that list, you can also add an increased risk of violent criminal activity.

According to a new study, which has been published in the online journal Public Library of Science Medicine, persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at a higher risk for being involved in a violent crime like homicide, rape and murder after being diagnosed with the injury. The results came from a study that involved all people who had suffered a traumatic brain injury and epilepsy in Sweden between 1973 and 2009. They confirm to San Fernando Valley brain injury lawyers the devastating long-term consequences of a brain injury.

The study which proved the association between traumatic brain injury and an increased risk of violent crime is believed to be the most comprehensive one of its kind, because it involved a large sample of more than 22,000 persons with a brain injury. The researchers found that close to 9% of persons who had a brain injury went on to commit some kind of violent crime, compared to 3% of persons with no brain injury.

According to the researchers, it is important for us to review our current guidelines with respect to long-term brain injury risk assessment, and include a thorough evaluation of the risks of violent criminal activity. Some persons like those who struggle with drug and alcohol problems or suffer from epilepsy, are more likely to commit violent crimes after they suffer a brain injury.


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