Dozens of people were injured, some critically, when a Metrolink train slammed into a tractor trailer and derailed at a railroad crossing in Oxnard on Tuesday just before 6 a.m.
According to a survey compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 90 percent of respondents consider aggressive motorists to be either a somewhat or a very serious threat to personal safety. This overwhelming statistic seems to indicate that a clear majority of Americans believes that aggressive driving behaviors are dangerous. Yet, according to the same survey, a majority of motorists also admit to engaging in potentially aggressive driving behaviors personally.
Last week, we began a discussion aimed at helping to ease the fears of individuals who fear being injured or killed in airplane crashes. Although aviation accidents are relatively uncommon and air travel is far safer than travel by motor vehicle, many Americans suffer significantly because they are afraid of flying. Understandably, these individuals either avoid flying or attempt to limit their air travel. However, air travel cannot be avoided by all people who possess these fears. As a result, it is important that they find ways to make flying more manageable.
Some Americans have more pressing fears of being either injured or killed in a plane crash than others do. Many people are so frightened of this potential occurrence that they either refuse to fly or must self-medicate when they do fly in order to keep their anxieties in check. Even though air travel is far safer than traveling by motor vehicle, there are certainly no guarantees that one will arrive at one’s destination safely via air travel.
We recently published a post detailing the dangerous nature of distracted driving behaviors. When motorists take their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road and/or their minds off the task of driving, catastrophe can result. Thankfully, most kinds of distracted driving behaviors are preventable. As long as drivers remain engaged and alert, they can prevent many different kinds of accident scenarios. However, drivers too often choose to engage in distracting behaviors despite the dangers they pose.
Have you recently been involved in a relatively minor motor vehicle accident? If so, you may be wondering whether it is worth your time and energy to speak with a personal injury attorney about the situation. The particular circumstances surrounding every motor vehicle accident are unique. As a result, only you can truly know whether or not speaking with an attorney is the best choice for you.