If you’re a road user, you should be fully aware of what some of the most devastating types of road accidents are. Global statistics now show that 1.3 million people die in road accidents every year. And millions more get severely hurt and even permanently disabled. This continues to be one of the biggest problems of our time, and having better informed road users would be a good starting point. However, many other actions should be taken by governments to make this problem less fatal and less devastating.
Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents are entirely avoidable, or the hit and run aspect of them are anyway. You should make sure that you’re aware of the law surrounding hit and run accidents. It’s illegal to leave the scene of an accident if you were involved and another person was injured. The charges for doing so can be very severe, and there are often dangerous driving charges added on top of them. Many more people would be saved if people stuck around to help anyone who got hurt. In multiple major countries, including the US and UK, hit and run accidents are now on the rise, and this is a trend that must be reversed.
Multivehicle collisions are very dangerous and very disastrous for obvious reasons. When there are many vehicles colliding into each other at speed, there are going to be injuries and often fatalities. These types of accident are sometimes known as pile ups, and disentangling them afterwards can take time, and if people are pulled out alive, it can often seem like a miracle. However, it’s also difficult to tell who causes these kinds of accidents because they are so large and complex. It’s important to be aware of what’s happening around you on the road and stay away from cars driving erratically or dangerously.
Bus or Truck Accidents
Large vehicles, such as buses and trucks, obviously present a rather large risk on the road. Because of the sheer size, power and weight of these vehicles, they can do immense damage to other cars on the road. If you are involved in one of these accidents, you can often take legal action because they are commercial vehicles. You can find online info at www.brownandcrouppen.com/vehicle-accidents/school-bus/. Let this guide you if you do want to get compensation for an accident you were involved in.
When the front end of two vehicles collide, the accident is often fatal. This is because both cars are speeding towards each other, meaning the impact is far greater than if one car hit the back of another heading in the same direction. These kinds of collisions highlight why it’s so important to wear seatbelts. They can save lives, as can airbags. But a person who’s not wearing a seatbelt and gets involved in a head-on collision of this kind will be very lucky to escape it with their lives. It rarely happens, though. Stronger safety features can help to make these kinds of collisions less fatal. You can learn about the best safety features in modern cars at www.consumerreports.org/car-safety.