Sometimes California drivers walk away from motor vehicle accidents with barely a scratch. Sometimes, they are not so lucky and end up suffering from catastrophic injuries.
If California motorists near an intersection where another vehicle is approaching, the motorist must determine who has the right of way. If the other vehicle has the right of way, the motorist will yield to that other vehicle. The concept of right of way applies to any party on the road, such as cars, trucks and pedestrians. Some people, however, may not be familiar with how right of way applies to smaller vehicles like motorcycles or bicycles.
Bicycles and motor vehicles seem to co-exist much too uneasily for the likes of some California bike riders. Why ride in the street when you can take the sidewalk instead? While some bicyclists view this as a safer option, there are reasons why taking to the sidewalk is not necessarily the better choice and as NPR points out, sidewalk riding may actually increase some risks of catastrophic injury.
Most California residents are familiar with the sound and sight of helicopters. Various government entities and private corporations use these vehicles to patrol the state's highways, train military personnel, conduct tours and respond to medical emergencies. Helicopters are generally safe, but mistakes in operation or problems with design, maintenance and manufacturing have the potential for catastrophic consequences.
Not every car accident in Redwood City results in death. Serious motor vehicle collisions often lead to severe and life-threatening injuries, such as vision loss. According to FindLaw, vision disturbances are often associated with traumatic brain injuries. Vision disturbances can also occur from direct trauma to the eye area. Not all affected accident victims notice problems with their vision right away; some of them experience delayed symptoms.
There is no denying that motorcyclists are at a greater risk of harm when they are on the roads than other motorists. Many people overlook the safety of motorcycle passengers. Reuters Health states that “riders are less likely to end up with traumatic brain injuries than their passengers. The risk is much higher when they do not wear helmets and consume alcohol before riding. Though there are other factors that affect the type and extent of injuries accident victims sustain, motorcycles have fewer vehicle structures to shield operators and riders from accident debris, the road and other vehicles.
The federal government takes the public's safety on the roadways of California and across the country extremely seriously. When innovative vehicles are involved in crashes, it often results in an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, a government agency that uses its findings to prompt safety regulations from legislators and other governing bodies. Auto manufacturers typically also conduct their own investigations, and the approaches used may not be compatible.
One common cause of Redwood City area car accidents that many people might not know about is attention deficit disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a condition that makes it hard for sufferers to control their impulses and pay attention. Operating a vehicle requires the driver to focus. Motorists who have ADHD find it hard to stay focused on driving. According to WebMD, drivers who have attention deficit disorder have a “50 percent higher chance of ending up in serious motor vehicle accidents.”
Car accidents are a major source of injury in the Redwood City area and across the country. The sudden and forceful impact often causes trauma to the head. It is not uncommon for people in car accidents to end up with concussions and traumatic brain injuries. According to Brainline.org, in 2013, the leading cause of hospitalization for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 years old who ended up with concussions and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries was car accidents.
When California motorists are driving in an area that is also used by pedestrians and bicyclists, it is imperative that they use extra caution and vigilance to prevent unnecessary tragedies. However, there are times when the inevitable happens and a bicyclist is injured because a driver has failed to pay attention or is driving recklessly without regard for the safety of others. In these situations, the often life-altering injuries sustained by the cyclist are excruciatingly devastating considering the circumstances could have been completely avoided.