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Can divorce lead to an auto accident?

When people decide that the time to bring their marriage to an end has come, they may face numerous hurdles. From a bitter custody dispute to disagreements regarding the division of marital property, spousal support, or child support payments, divorce can be contentious for many reasons. Furthermore, these stressors can have an emotional impact on people that should not be overlooked. In fact, there is evidence to support that divorce can actually increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study which looked into the link between life events that are very stressful, such as divorce, and the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision. After analyzing data from thousands of participants, researchers were able to draw a link between divorce and car crashes and conclude that recently going through a divorce or separation increases one’s chances of being involved in a traffic collision. Other emotional challenges, such as one’s child moving out of the home, a partner becoming hospitalized, and even significant purchases were also shown to increase the likelihood of a car crash.

Employee rights violations and workplace accidents

Those employed in various fields face many threats each day, whether their job responsibilities place them behind the wheel, they work on a construction site, or they find themselves in an office. Unfortunately, workplace accidents cannot always be prevented. However, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of something going wrong. Additionally, there are a number of employee protections that help prevent these accidents from occurring. Sadly, some employers fail to respect the rights of their employees, which can lead to an accident.

There are a variety of employee rights, from those which prohibit unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment to rights involving wages, such as ensuring that overtime is paid. When certain rights are violated, a workplace accident may be more likely. For example, if a minor works for too many hours, proper training is not provided, or an employer fails to provide workers with protective gear and a safe workplace, things can go wrong. Moreover, someone who is denied overtime may be exhausted and fatigue can increase the chances of an accident as well.

When a collision occurs on a two-track road

Drivers have to keep an eye out for hazards in all sorts of situations, whether they find themselves behind the wheel during a snow storm or are driving during 4 of July celebrations. However, there are less common accidents that can also pose serious risks, such as those which take place on a two-track road. Driving on two-track roads can be dangerous for a number of reasons and, as with all other places, drivers should be aware of the risks they face.

On a two-track road, a driver may be involved in a single-car accident or collide with another vehicle. Not only do drivers have to watch out for cars and trucks, but those riding a dirt bike, bicycle, or ATV as well. Furthermore, pedestrians may be injured when they are struck by a driver while going for a walk down a quiet road.

How do waste collection accidents occur on the road?

For someone whose job duties involving collecting waste and recycled material, there are many hazards they may encounter on a daily basis. Driving a garbage truck can be incredibly dangerous and, sadly, these accidents can result in the loss of life or a long-term disability. For those who are employed in this industry, understanding some of the common reasons why garbage truck accidents happen is pivotal.

On their site, the City of Columbia, Missouri has posted helpful information with regard to garbage truck accidents. For example, someone who regularly works in a garbage truck may be injured or killed as a result of a garbage truck backing up, colliding with another vehicle at an intersection, falling off of a truck, or being rear-ended by another vehicle. Moreover, the risk of these accidents can be especially high when weather conditions are poor, such as when the road is covered in ice or snow. Garbage truck accidents also pose a serious risk to other vehicles and people who are on the road, including pedestrians.

Auto accidents and debris on the road

We have been over many motor vehicle wreck causes (drunk driving, speeding, etc.) on our blog. It is important to point out that some hazards are less common but also very concerning. For example, a traffic accident may occur as a result of debris on the road. Sometimes, this debris is left behind by careless people, while some is the result of nature. For example, a heavy windstorm could knock down a tree limb onto the road. As a driver, it is essential for you to be mindful of these hazards and take proper action in the event a crash occurs.

When debris is on the road, a driver may find themselves in an accident in different ways. For example, their vehicle may overturn due to colliding with the debris, or they could veer off of the road and slam into a tree or telephone pole. Moreover, a driver may be hit by someone in another lane who swerves into their lane as a result of debris. Sometimes, roads can be especially dangerous with respect to debris. For example, a natural disaster such as a tornado or a hurricane may leave an overwhelming amount of debris on the road, so it can be very dangerous to drive during these times.

Handheld devices and traffic crashes

When it comes to the reasons why traffic accidents happen, there are all sorts of causes, from the use of mind-altering substances behind the wheel to recklessly exceeding the speed limit. However, distracted driving is especially problematic. People become distracted in all sorts of ways, but handheld devices are particularly concerning. Unfortunately, many motor vehicle collisions have been caused by someone using their smartphone or tablet while driving a vehicle.

There are a wide variety of reasons why people use handheld devices while they also try to drive a vehicle. Often, people keep in touch with friends, family members, co-workers, and clients through their smartphone. From sending and reading texts to sending or receiving emails, this can be deadly when drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel in order to use a phone. Likewise, tablets are another device that can lead to distracted driving. Sometimes, a driver may even become distracted because they are playing games on a handheld device. While some drivers think that this behavior is relatively harmless, especially when a device is only used for a brief period of time, it only takes seconds for a driver to become distracted and cause a fatal collision.

When an employee takes legal action following an accident

There are many facets of business litigation, from allegations of unlawful discrimination to sexual harassment and wage violations. That said, work-related accidents can be especially upsetting for injured workers and even their employers. From taking time off work, which can have negative consequences for workers and the entire company, to filing for workers’ comp, there are many issues to consider with work accidents. Moreover, some employees may decide to file suit after a work-related mishap.

Workplace accidents happen in many different ways, from those which involve harmful chemicals or dangerous machinery to work accidents on the road. For example, a worker may sustain an injury while driving around to run errands or carry out their day-to-day job duties (delivery truck drivers, truckers, etc.). Sometimes, workers’ comp benefits are sufficient and help an injured worker recover. In some cases, however, an employee may believe that they were injured due to their employer’s negligence and decide to take legal action.

When do most deadly crashes occur?

For those who are concerned about the likelihood of a deadly accident taking place, there are many different factors to review, such as the prevalence of drunk driving and the ways in which poor weather conditions can affect the roads. However, it may be a good idea to look at accidents and when they occur more frequently based on the time of week and the time of day. Fatal accidents can take place at any time, but there are certain periods when the likelihood of such an accident may be even greater.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most of the fatal accidents that occurred in 2010 took place on Saturdays (5,494). In comparison, 3,709 took place on Wednesdays. Based on the time of day, most fatal accidents in 2010 took place between 3 PM and 6 PM, when 4,867 fatal collisions occurred. During these hours, many people may be in a rush to get home from work or find themselves in congested traffic. This data shows that while driving during the night can be dangerous, daytime traffic also poses a risk.

What are some risky behaviors that teen drivers may exhibit?

When a young person first receives his or her driver’s license, they are likely to be very excited and look forward to their new-found freedom. However, this can lead to concerns from their parents, who should be aware of the different risks associated with driving at a young age. Whether you are the parent of a teen driver or are a young driver yourself, it is important to understand and avoid some of the risky behaviors that some people exhibit behind the wheel.

According to information published by the State of California, there are a variety of risky behaviors that teens may be especially likely to exhibit behind the wheel, which can cause a motor vehicle collision. For example, many younger drivers have driven while drunk and may become more likely to cause a crash than older drivers who have the same blood alcohol level. Research also shows that teens wear seat belts less frequently and may not have the ability to handle their vehicle as well due to less driving experience. Moreover, some young drivers are more likely to take risks and less likely to detect hazards on the road, which can be disastrous.

How common are work zone injuries?

For those who work in road construction sites, all sorts of dangers may be present every day, from injuries caused by machinery to exposure to extreme heat. Unfortunately, road construction workers also run the risk of being struck by vehicles while they are on the job, which can leave them seriously injured or even result in the loss of their lives. If you are employed in this industry or are a driver who comes across road construction, it is important to be very careful. Moreover, it may be helpful to know how prevalent work zone injuries actually are.

According to material from the Federal Highway Administration, an average day in 2015 saw 70 work zone accidents which led to someone sustaining an injury. Moreover, the majority of work zone accidents in 2015 (73 percent) did not cause an injury or fatality but did result in property damage. 669 people lost their lives in work zone accidents over the course of 2014, which also shows how deadly these wrecks can be. Clearly, work zone crashes are far too common on roads all across the U.S.

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