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January 2015 Archives

Post-traumatic stress disorder and auto accidents

Those in Rhode Island who have been in a motor vehicle accident may suffer afterward from post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to any physical injuries that may have been sustained. While some fear and anxiety is normal after an accident, when emotions become unmanageable and start to interfere with daily activities a victim may need to seek further help.

Common errors that cause crashes involving large trucks

Car crashes are one of the major causes of death in Rhode Island and throughout the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Many of these car accidents involved large trucks. For instance, in 2012, 104,000 people were injured, and 3,921 were killed in motor-vehicle accidents involving large trucks. Because of the large size of a tractor-trailer or other large trucks, the truck drivers often suffer fewer injuries and deaths than the occupants of passenger vehicles when accidents occur.

New technology may reduce motorcycle accidents

As many Rhode Island motorists know, several motorcycle accidents happen due to the low visibility motorcycles have on the road. Recent advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communications may help decrease the number of crashes by alerting drivers to their presence.

Driving while impaired

Every day, the roads of Rhode Island are made less safe by impaired drivers. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs has been repeatedly proven to significantly endanger the safety of other motorists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 30 people die every day on U.S. roads as the result of impaired driving. The costs associated with these vehicle accidents are a staggering $59 billion each year.

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