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.
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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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We've all witnessed a lady at a stoplight touching up her lipstick or applying mascara. Maybe some of you have even done it yourself. You think to yourself; it's okay so long as my vehicle isn't moving. Technically, you're just sitting there waiting for the light to turn so it's not a big deal if you use that time to finish getting ready, right? Wrong. Accidents can occur whether you're moving or not.