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The risks of sharing the road with older drivers

When driving in Pennsylvania, it is common to see seniors behind the wheel. According to the CDC, in 2016, there were 42 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in America. Older adults often struggle to relinquish their driving privileges because it helps them to preserve their independence. However, as people age, they face a higher likelihood of dying in the event of a motor vehicle accident. In fact, in 2016, 7,400 adults over 65 were killed in motor vehicle accidents.

What risks face teen drivers?

While it can be exciting to get a license for the first time, teen drivers are faced with a myriad of risks when on the road. Whether you have a teen driver in your family or are sharing the road with younger motorists, it's important to be aware of just how inexperience can cause accidents and lead to careless behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain how teens can stay safe behind the wheel and what might happen if they don't. 

Driver inexperience and the risk of a crash

Motor vehicle accidents have many causes, from crashes which are the result of intoxicated driving to icy roads and speeding. In this blog post, our law office will take a closer look at driver inexperience, which can be problematic for drivers of all age groups. Many people recognize that teens and young drivers who have spent little time behind the wheel may be more likely to cause an accident due to inexperience, but older drivers may also run the risk of a crash caused by inexperience.

How can I stay safe on roads in the winter?

In many parts of the U.S., the winter months can be a dangerous time of year to get behind the wheel. With snows, ice and winter storms that bring heavy rainfall and strong winds, there are a number of weather-related hazards to watch out for. In some instances, it might be smart to avoid driving until conditions have improved. Some people, however, have to drive to work or take to the road for some other important reason. You should never drive when you are worried the road conditions being unsafe, but there are some hazards to watch out for throughout the winter and a number of tips to stay safe.

Riding a motorcycle for the first time

As with many other activities, riding a motorcycle for the first time can be very difficult. Some people may have dreamed about becoming a motorcyclist for years and finally decided to turn their dream into a reality. However, if a motorcyclist is inexperienced, taking their motorcycle out onto the road can be incredibly dangerous. It may place their life in danger and put the lives of people in other vehicles at risk also. As a result, you should be careful if you are planning on riding your motorcycle even though you do not have much experience. Moreover, you should never operate a motorcycle on the road unless you know that you can handle it properly.

When drivers ignore the right of way

Motor vehicle collisions may happen for any number of reasons, but driver behavior plays a key role in a lot of accidents. Irresponsible driving takes many forms and occurs in far more ways than driving under the influence and going over the speed limit. For example, ignoring traffic safety laws and even failing to use common sense can result in a deadly traffic crash. Many accidents have happened because a careless driver failed to pay attention to which vehicle had the right of way.

Hunting season and the risk of a car crash

In many parts of the country, fall means the arrival of hunting season. While hunters may look forward to this time of the year, it is very important to be aware of some of the different risks associated with hunting season. Aside from firearm mishaps, things may go wrong in other ways. For example, a motor vehicle collision may occur as a result of hunting activity. Moreover, these crashes may involve other drivers who are not aware that anyone is even hunting nearby.

Recovering from a drunk driving crash

Any traffic accident can be tough, but some are especially devastating, such as drunk driving accidents which involve an inebriated driver who never should have been on the road. Sadly, these wrecks continue to happen at an alarming rate and the risk of a drunk driving crash is especially high during the holiday season. As the end of the year approaches, be sure to watch out for drunk drivers and make sure that you stand up for your rights in the event that one causes a collision which causes you or one of your family members to suffer.

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