Imagine you’re driving home after a long day of work when suddenly, a car driving in the opposite direction is headed right toward you. You react as quickly as you can, moving out of the way for the motorist – but not every driver is as lucky. Wrong-way driving makes up a small percentage of all motor vehicle accident statistics, but it has one of the highest fatality rates of all potential causes.
When someone swerves too close or pulls out in front of your vehicle, you might exclaim, make a gesture at the other driver or start to tailgate. Whether you’re the victim or aggressor, did you know these actions are considered a crime? A sudden burst of anger could actually result in a fine or jail time.
As a driver in New England, you know how the roads can get in winter: Slick and slippery until they are plowed after a snowstorm. For commercial truck drivers, the dangers of driving on ice and snow are multiplied. Although these drivers have an advanced skill set in terms of vehicle maneuverability and skid control, they also have to factor in the behavior of the other drivers around them, which can make winter travel more challenging.
When you think of a car accident, what comes to mind? Head-on collisions, fender benders and one-car crashes to name a few. Rollovers, one type of car accident you may have overlooked, only account for 2.1 percent of accidents, according to statistics from SafeCar.gov. However, rollovers are responsible for 35 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
Imagine another car lightly taps your bumper and the brief impact results in a small dent. You think, “It’s not a big deal,” – you and the other driver decide not to contact your insurance carriers. You still exchange names and phone numbers, just in case something comes up. The incident is behind you, until the next time you’re at the body shop or worse, you get a call from the other driver’s insurance carrier.