Category: Vehicle Accidents

August 7, 2017 / Vehicle Accidents

Headlights: Essential but Neglected?

Can there be another part of your car that you think about less than your headlights? Let’s face it, headlights aren’t sexy. But they are essential to keeping us alive when we drive in the dark and during storms. Headlights have been basic equipment on passenger vehicles for over 100 years. They started out as fuel-powered, but quickly moved to electricity. Despite technological advances, a significant chunk of headlights are rated poorly. Such a finding should breed caution the next time you are driving after dark. The Components of a Modern Headlight Today, headlights, like a lot of other items on our vehicles, are high-tech. The old bulbs some of us remember are gone. Currently, headlights generally have one of the following light s[...]


May 17, 2017 / Vehicle Accidents

Move Over—It’s an Indiana Law

Sometimes working for an EMS (emergency services) organization can carry risks that you, as the average motorist, might not have thought about. Did you ever consider that, if you didn’t move out of the way of an emergency vehicle, or move away from an area where emergency services are being offered, you could cause a deadly accident—and that the death might even be your own? On February 16, 2013, two EMS medics died in Indianapolis because a driver who was distracted by their GPS system hit the ambulance. In 2017, Indianapolis EMS remembered Tim McCormick and Cody Medley, both of whom had been in their twenties, on their Facebook page, honoring their memory. During April, 2017, an Indianapolis EMS ambulance was in a wreck because of a[...]


April 13, 2017 / Vehicle Accidents

Think Twice About Driving After a Concussion

Are you a weekend warrior who plays sports intensely? Perhaps instead you have had a loved one who has suffered a mild concussion while they were engaged in high school or college sports. Although concussions may not seem like a big deal to some, one aspect of such a brain injury, even a seemingly-minor one, is that your ability to drive may be impaired. After a couple of days’ rest you still may not be fit to return to the road. A recent study from the University of Georgia confirms that suffering a concussion can affect your driving abilities for a period of time after symptoms disappear. Concussions and the Ability to Drive A concussion is actually a mild TBI—traumatic brain injury—caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Sometimes a [...]


April 4, 2017 / Vehicle Accidents

Traffic Going in Circles Could Be Positive

The cities of Carmel and Indianapolis are feuding over traffic roundabouts. One member of the Indianapolis City Council is attempting to prevent Carmel leaders from creating roundabouts at Gray Road, Hazel Dell Parkway, Delagates Row and Randall Drive where each meet 96th Street. The claim is that the roundabouts will hurt businesses. The city councilwoman who opposed the roundabouts is Christine Scales, D-Indianapolis, who represents businesses in Marion County along the 96th Street corridor. Scales recently commented, “Well, first of all I think they are a solution to problem that doesn’t exist. I think that the destruction, the hurt they will cause economically to the businesses along East 96th Street will be greater than the benefi[...]


January 23, 2017 / Vehicle Accidents

The Youngest Victims: Kids and PTSD After a Car Accident

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a fairly common reaction to a car crash, especially if the crash was severe or involved serious injuries or deaths. Fears of dying, loss of loved ones, or long, painful recuperations can imprint our brains with stress reactions that are significantly outside the norm. With children, it can be even worse. They may be so young that they have no frame of reference for the trauma they have suffered. A crash that may be only mildly upsetting to an adult can be severely disturbing to a child. Worse than that, adults may not recognize PTSD in children. Sometimes it can take kids years to recover, according to a new study released in the UK. Researchers studied children aged 2 to 10 from 71 families who[...]


November 14, 2016 / Vehicle Accidents

Observing MADD’s Longstanding Tie One On For Safety Campaign

For nearly four decades, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been working tirelessly on one single mission - to eliminate drunk driving on our roadways. It’s little wonder that the organization is so popular. Theirs is a cause that almost everyone can get behind, especially since so many of us have some connection to a victim of drunk driving. MADD is a vigilant advocate, and they have done an incredible amount of work to raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving on our roads. MADD tells us about new technologies that might help in the fight against drunk driving, like they did with ignition interlocks, and they remind us of times when we should be especially cautious. The holiday season and its connection to drunk [...]


October 26, 2016 / Vehicle Accidents

Ramping Up on Accidents

Some of the most hectic interstate roads in the U.S. run through the Louisville area. We have I-71, I-64, I-65, I-264, and I-265, not to mention busy non-interstates like the Dixie Highway. That many roads filled with traffic mean large numbers of exit and entrance ramps and, with them, a greatly-increased possibility of accidents. Entrance and exit ramps have many more crashes per mile than any other section of interstate highways. Research done in Northern Virginia on 1,150 crashes that took place on highly-traveled interstate ramps in urban areas identified the most likely crash types and situations. Exit and entrance ramp crashes are not studied very often, so the research that we do have is valuable. What Kinds of Crashes Happened [...]


August 26, 2016 / Vehicle Accidents

Back-to-School Risks That May Surprise You

It’s that time of year! Summer’s last gasp is upon us when our children to return to school. While it can be a period filled with mixed emotions, from nostalgia to elation, one thing hasn’t changed: the chance of your child becoming a pedestrian injury statistic. Changing Demographics Pedestrian injuries are the fifth most common reason for injury-related death among children from 5 to 19. But here’s a hard truth that may surprise you: teenagers are the age group with the greatest risk. They have a death rate twice as high as that for younger kids. About half of child pedestrian deaths happen to teens, and those who sustain injuries are likely to have serious ones. It didn’t used to be this way. Just a little over twenty year[...]


August 3, 2016 / Vehicle Accidents

Amish Buggy Accidents and Distracted Driving

Recently in Indiana, a rash of accidents between motor vehicles and horse-drawn buggies illustrate the dangers of distracted driving. In Elkhart County, two crashes—one on May 29, 2016, and one on June 2—have highlighted this serious problem. In the May 29 accident, a teenaged girl rear-ended a buggy that was carrying a 6-week-old baby, along with the child’s Amish parents, on Indiana State Road 13. The 17-year-old driver said, because she was distracted, she did not notice the buggy until she was unable to avoid the accident. In the June 2 accident, a buggy containing an Amish woman with her 4-year-old child was rear-ended by a distracted driver. Even though no life-threatening injuries occurred in either recent accident in Elk[...]


August 3, 2016 / Vehicle Accidents

A New Weapon to Fight DWT (Driving While Texting)

The problem of texting while driving continues to grow. It is a known cause of distracted driving, which is responsible for a large number of crashes on our roads. Some studies put the number of wrecks as high as almost 70 percent of all accidents. But we don’t have accurate statistics regarding distracted driving, partly because it is easy for a driver in an accident to lie about whether or not they were texting or otherwise on their phone. Practically all states ban texting while driving, with no exceptions; and many states ban all cell phone usage for at least some drivers, often school bus drivers and those under 18. The laws are in place, but drivers are not willing to admit that they were driving distracted in an accident. New Yor[...]


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