In our post last week, our blog began discussing the topic of aggressive driving, namely how it's defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who is the most susceptible to engaging this behavior, and why it's so exceedingly dangerous.
As you made your way to work this morning, chances are good that you noticed the usual assortment of questionable driving practices from those more interested in their phones than surrounding traffic to those who simply failed to notice the posted traffic signs.
At one time or another, every motorist must try to avoid flying debris or an unexpected obstacle in the roadway. The item could be anything from a chunk of concrete to a mattress to a toaster that falls out of the loaded bed of the pickup in front of you.
According to recent reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. roads and highways have become decidedly more dangerous in recent years. In fact, agency statistics show that there were 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 alone. To put this in perspective, consider that this was a 7 percent increase from 2014 and the single largest year-to-year increase in traffic fatalities in 50 years.
Last week, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a vehicle safety group whose stated mission is the "adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that prevent motor vehicle crashes," released a rather eye-opening report grading the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the efficacy of their highway safety laws.
If you were to ask any resident of Prince George's County to identify which major thoroughfares had the best overall traffic levels or best served as a shortcut from Point A to Point B, chances are good that you'd receive a host of different answers from area residents eager to demonstrate their knowledge of local roadways.
When most of us hear the term car wreck, we invariably envision the aftermath of a serious multi-car accident complete with paramedics tending to the injured, witnesses talking to the police and perhaps even a crowd of nervous onlookers whispering to one another.
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It can be terrifying to share the road with someone who is driving erratically. Unfortunately, reckless drivers are on the road every day putting pedestrians, bikers and other drivers at risk. They are impossible to avoid but you can do your best to stay out of their way.
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