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Are school buses really safe?

Taxis, trains, Uber rides, school buses... what do all of these have in common? Aside from being modes of transportation, these services require customers to demonstrate a great deal of trust. Whether or not Virginians take this fact into account, thousands use these forms of conveyance each day. For the most part, taxis and buses are a reliable way to get to work and school; however, the comfort of the ride depends on the safety of the system.

USA Today spent time considering this reliability with public transportation -- particularly that of school buses. In response to the tragic 2015 school bus accident in Houston that killed two children, Today speculates on the number of fatal accidents that occur across the board. Drawing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the article uncovers the statistics that 1,214 school transportation accidents occurred between the years 2004 to 2013. These wrecks included regular trips to and from school, sports events and field trips. However, buses killed more people on the street than inside the vehicles between those years: only 54 of the 327 children killed in school transportation crashes were actually riding the bus. 

Should an attorney come to the scene of your car accident?

In the immediate aftermath of an automobile accident, some people do not fully understand the gravity of the situation. Many may not realize that the way they conduct themselves and the information they gather at the scene can greatly affect the future outcome of any legal actions the accident produces.

This is a normal state for a person who experiences such an accident, especially if that person suffers some form of personal injury. A person who suffers an injury should focus on addressing the needs of the injury first to ensure that the injury does not worsen from lack of care.

Does uber really make transportation safer?

In the midst of a technological revolution on the road, millions of drivers have become reliant on transportation systems such as Uber for a safe ride to a destination. Uber has found its way into the common psyche, indeed; the name has largely become synonymous with the word "taxi." Yet as Uber's clientele skyrockets, does it maintain its image of the safer travel option? In Virginia, passengers who suspect the process has gone awry after an Uber wreck may decide to take legal action. First, there are some aspects of the company worth considering.

Last summer, Entrepreneur lauded Uber for its hand in reducing the number of fatal accident rates since the company's launch in 2010. Using research carried out by Providence and Stonehill colleges, Entrepreneur showed that Uber is responsible for a 16.6 percent drop in vehicular fatalities each year. Likewise, the number of DUI cases seems to also be on the decline. The article concludes with a demand for more data on the topic, but also mentions the transportation company may play a role in reducing the number of curbside assaults in some cities, as well.

The legal details of auto-pedestrian accidents

Similar to many accidents involving vehicles, the cause of pedestrian accidents can often be difficult to determine. City dwellers are especially more aware of this problem, as the risk of travelling by sidewalks near roads increases in heavily congested areas. And like most states, Virginia sees pedestrian-related wrecks happen daily. Those who believe their situation has been handled unjustly may decide to take further legal action. 

Just last month, Channel 3 News highlighted the auto-pedestrian crash involving a mother, her three children and a senior citizen. The driver, aged 84, evidently lost control when attempting to make a turn onto a street near the family. The mother had been biking while pulling a netted stroller behind her when the man ran into them, nearly demolishing both the bike and accompanying child wagon. All three survived the crash; however, the report shared that one of the children had suffered life-threatening injuries. The mother also suffered serious damage.   

Distracted driving can pose serious dangers

When you are driving, one of the biggest frustrations can be dealing with drivers who are not paying attention to the road. One driver might be texting; another, talking on the phone; still another, using their dashboard touch-screen or navigating a destination. Distracted driving is a major problem that motorists face. In fact, on any given day, nearly 660,000 drivers will use their cell phones while driving.

To keep yourself safe, be proactive and learn about distracted driving.

Avoid drowsy drivers and keep your family safe

Driving is hard enough without having to watch out for people who aren't obeying the laws. For example, someone who doesn't get enough sleep may drift between lanes or start to go off the road, which could cause a crash.

Drowsy driving is just one kind of hazard you have to watch out for on the roads. It occurs when a person doesn't get enough sleep, takes a medication that makes him or her drowsy or has been driving so long that he or she has become bored or tired. It's necessary for drivers to be aware of the signs that someone is driving while drowsy.

The average blood alcohol content in DUI arrests has been falling

The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers is .08. Anything over that can result in a DUI arrest. There are, in some cases, harsher restrictions for young drivers and professional drivers, but the .08 limit is generally used.

That said, many drivers who are arrested are well over that limit. It's true that you could find yourself facing charges at .09, and the average is dragged up by those who are way over the limit, but the stateistics over the years show that many drivers are nearly double the limit.

Pickup trucks tend to run behind in safety innovations

Considering a new pickup as your next vehicle? There are inherent safety features, such as a higher ride and greater weight. These can absolutely keep you safe in an accident that would be more dangerous in a lower, lighter vehicle.

However, it's important to note that trucks actually tend not to get safety upgrades as quickly. They've always run behind to some degree.

Trash truck driver killed after man hits him head-on

A dump truck driver was killed after his vehicle was struck by a man in a Nissan Sentra trying to flee police. The incident happened at approximately 12:35 p.m., on a recent Tuesday afternoon in Chesapeake after police tried to pull over the Sentra, which had expired tags.

Instead of stopping, the man in the Sentra tried to escape officers until he crashed head-on into a Chesapeake Waste Management truck. The high-speed chase lasted less than a minute before the collision.

Virginia earns "D" for road safety

Do you think Virginia roadways are dangerous? A national safety organization agrees with you. Virginia ranks 38th in the nation in overall roadway safety, according to "The statee of Safety," a report published in June by the National Safety Council.

While Virginia came in 38th for road safety, it also lags behind our neighboring statees of West Virginia (which ranked sixth) and Maryland (which ranked seventh). Our neighbor to the south, North Carolina, ranked 20th.

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