You are driving down the road. It is a beautiful summer day and all is well in your world. The weather is warm – not hot – just as you like, and there is a cool feeling in the air. The radio is on your favorite station and thoughts go to later in the day, when the kids will be home and maybe there will be time for a walk for ice cream. And suddenly it all changes, in the split second of a deafening crash.
Summer is a great time to be outdoors. If you’re looking to get more exercise, you may decide to ride your bicycle to work. Although other motorists are supposed to share the road with bikes, that may not always the case during rush hour. What steps can cyclists take to protect themselves on the main roadways?
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 4,300 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2010 and another 70,000 endured various injuries. Five years later, these figures increased: 5,376 pedestrian fatalities and 129,000 emergency room treatments for non-fatal injuries.
Many New Englanders cannot wait for spring to arrive. After a long winter, we can finally see the grass and pavement again! However, spring is also the time when potholes begin popping up on our local roadways. Potholes form when water seeps below the pavement, freezes and expands, cracking the asphalt above. Whether you’re on foot, two or four wheels, what should you know about the dangers of potholes?
Let’s face it: In the age of technology, we’re all on our cell phones. Whether it’s to text a friend, check social media or send an email for work, Americans young and old often find themselves immersed in the digital world. Although digitization is the new normal, it becomes a problem when our smartphones make us distracted. In particular, when drivers and walkers are distracted, both parties are put in serious danger.