Every day, an average of three motorcyclists are killed in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections. In 2012, 4,667 motorcyclists died in crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Almost half of the motorcyclists killed were killed during a crash involving two vehicles. 38% of these fatal motorcycle accidents resulted from another vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle that was either going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.
When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the outcome is often devastating due to the disproportionate size of a passenger vehicle to a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler. Big rigs are often 20 times the size and weight of most other vehicles on the road. Commonplace and relatively minor driving errors, such as failing to signal before passing, can result in catastrophic outcomes when an 18-wheeler is involved, especially at high speeds.
We previously blogged about the unacceptably high rates of drunk driving car crashes in the Lubbock area; but, another contributing factor to car accidents in flat West Texas is “highway hypnosis.” While many people think the most dangerous roads consist of treacherous conditions or busy intersections, remote highways that run through flat, wide open spaces can often lull drivers into a false sense of security, leading them to speed, which can end in disaster.
Drunk driving crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion each year nationally according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes across the nation – one drunk driving death every 51 minutes. It’s not just the victim who is impacted. Each alcohol-related crash affects family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more.