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Does your head still hurt, days after a collision occurred?

The day of the crash, you might have simply gotten behind the wheel to head out to work like you do every day. Perhaps you kissed your loved ones goodbye and quickly exchanged words about who needed to be where later in the day. As you were driving, you may have even been pleasantly surprised that traffic was moving smoothly and you did not have to worry about being late for work.

Violent road rage is becoming a serious safety issue

Road rage incidents are becoming alarmingly common in Pennsylvania and around the country. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the number of fatal accidents involving angry and aggressive drivers rose from just 80 in 2006 to more than 450 in 2015, and a study conducted by the advocacy group Trace indicates that incidents involving drivers brandishing firearms at other road users have more than doubled since 2014.

Side guards could save lives in truck crashes

Crashes involving large trucks have particularly high stakes for other drivers of smaller passenger vehicles on Pennsylvania roadways. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that in 2017 alone, 4,102 people died in truck crashes. A full 82% of these victims were other drivers, passengers in other cars, pedestrians or motorcyclists. The size and weight of large trucks mean that they are a much greater threat to people in smaller cars or no vehicles at all. While any truck crash can lead to catastrophic injuries, some types of crashes were more likely to be deadly.

Reducing the risk for a crash after running a red light

Many reckless, impatient and distracted drivers in Pennsylvania run red lights and, as a result, collide with pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. Many of these crashes are fatal. Nationwide, 939 deaths arose from red light-running crashes in 2017, which was a 10-year high. The period from 2012 to 2017 saw a 30% increase in such deaths according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

NHTSA on drunk driving trends

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some statistics on drunk driving crash deaths in Pennsylvania and the U.S. For 12 years in a row, from 2006 to 2017, the annual number of drunk driving fatalities exceeded 10,000. In 2017, there were 10,874 drunk driving fatalities reported. In addition, 28% of the motorcyclists who died in 2017 were drunk: a higher percentage than is found among car and truck drivers.

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