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Poor Highway Design and Maintenance Leading Cause of Fatalities

You might be surprised to learn that poor highway design and road related conditions are responsible for more than 50% of highway fatalities each year in the US, more than drunk driving or speeding, according to a recent study[1].

State and federal law requires that cities, towns and villages design, build and maintain safe roads. The Federal Highway Administration regularly examine accident scenes of car injuries and fatalities where road design, maintenance or defects may have contributed.  Read more

Injury Claims Arising from When a Motorist Falls Asleep While Driving

Unfortunately, motorists accidentally falling asleep at the wheel is a growing problem. Motorists can fall asleep while driving due to medication or alcohol use, often resulting in a serious accident. A large number of motorists fall asleep while driving due to stress, lack of sleep, being overworked or attempting long trips with little or no sleep. Nationwide, each year there are more than 83,000 accidents reported as a result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel[1]. This doesn’t include the presumably large number of cases where drivers did not report the incident.  Read more

Car Accidents Involving an Uninsured Motorist

What happens when one is involved in an accident with a vehicle that has an uninsured driver? The results can be utterly catastrophic, especially if there are any passengers that have been seriously injured in the crash. Sadly, the number of uninsured drivers has been steadily increasing over the last few years. The IRC (Insurance Research Council) estimates as many as one in six drivers are uninsured[1].

Who are these uninsured drivers? The IRC says that they are predominantly men, and around half are under 21 years old. The reasons given for not having insurance included the high price of insurance premiums.  Read more

Car Accidents Caused by Poor Road Quality or Hazardous Conditions

Poor road conditions are responsible for thousands of deaths every year in America. The Federal Highway Administration is a subdivision of the U.S. Department of Transportation, responsible for working with state and local governments to ensure that the roads under their authority remain safe for motorists. Although cities and municipalities are required to maintain safe road conditions, this is not consistently done in a timely fashion, and thus hazards remain prevalent. Read more