Do you ever wonder how a drunk driver ended up behind the wheel of a car in the first place? You would think that the signs of intoxication were noticed by someone prior to the driver leaving a bar, restaurant or club, among other alcohol retailers. Perhaps a waiter, bartender or other purveyor of alcohol recognized that the customer was slurring his or her speech, stumbling or exhibiting some other signs of drunkenness, but kept serving that person drinks.
Rhode Island drivers may be interested in one innovation in highway construction that can lead to a reduction in highway fatalities. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration is recommending that states develop new standards for using this technology in all of their new highway paving projects.
Rhode Island parents may have warned their teenagers about the dangers of texting and driving, but a new study finds there are other distracting behaviors teens engage in while behind the wheel that might need to be addressed. The study, which was led by an assistant professor at Oregon State University, found that young drivers often put on makeup, do homework and change contact lenses while driving. Surprisingly, 27 percent of teens also admitted they have changed clothes and shoes while operating a vehicle.
Internal bleeding is an often-serious injury that may result from a car accident after a body part hits or is hit with a blunt or penetrable object. While some internal bleeding is obvious from the injury that causes it, Rhode Island residents may not know that internal bleeding could take days to occur from a less-obvious trauma.
Newport drivers may be interested in some statistics regarding driving safety concerns due to impaired drivers. These issues, according to the government, lead to one person being killed on the roads every 51 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
Distracted driving can make the roads of Rhode Island less safe. Attempting to accomplish any task that diverts attention away from the road while behind the wheel may be classified as distracted driving. Talking on a cellphone, checking email or reading while driving may increase the likelihood of an accident. When distracted drivers cause dangerous accidents, a settlement in court may be possible.
When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury during a car accident, it is sometimes difficult to estimate the total cost of their recovery. Rhode Island drivers may be interested in a study that looks at rehospitalization, a prominent cost on the road to recovery.