Time flies when you’re having fun! As another summer winds down, kids across our state are getting ready to go back to school. For a few months, our morning commutes see less cars and buses because school is out. Come the end of August, classes will be back in session and school buses around every corner.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of people hit and killed by vehicles each year has reached its highest since 1990. These accidents, which now account for about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US, most often involve older adults and children but anyone can be a victim.
When we hear about car accident, many of us envision two cars colliding with each other. However, according to crash data from IIHS, single-vehicle crashes account for over 50 percent of all accidents. While these incidents often involve hitting a stationary object such as a guardrail or a pole, they can encompass several other scenarios.
Drivers know to take it slow and keep their distance from other cars during snow, ice and rainstorms. When it comes to different types of inclement weather, fog often gets overlooked as a serious hazard. Yet, the statistics paint a different picture.
In April 2019, the driver of a semi-tractor trailer drove into stopped traffic on a highway in Denver, causing a multi-car pileup of 28 vehicles. The impact resulted in a fire and several fatalities. We consider situations like this to be “freak accidents”, but a combination of factors can create a chain reaction that results in a multi-vehicle crash.