Car Accidents | Blogs by Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. - Part 3
During the fall months, driving becomes more hazardous. Rainstorms, wind events, and flooding can affect driving conditions. The risk of a vehicle accident increases in bad weather. Leaves accumulate on the streets and roads, a danger to cyclists, and fallen leaves may cover road markings. School is in – and many more drivers are transporting their children to and from school, slowing traffic.
Wyoming roadways are becoming more dangerous, with the number of fatal accidents on a sharp increase, as reported by the Buffalo Bulletin. The number of highway deaths has almost doubled in a single year – the question is, why?
If you drive a vehicle in Wyoming, you need auto insurance to satisfy your lender, protect your assets, and comply with state minimum liability insurance requirements. It is highly recommended that you review your auto policy on a regular basis to ensure you have the protection you need. The minimum coverage required by law is usually not enough for most people.
Most of us understand the importance of seatbelts. In fact, 90% of Americans do wear seatbelts every time they take a ride. Unfortunately, that leaves 27.5 million people who don’t. That’s a startling fact, considering that the simple act of buckling up is the best way to ensure your safety in the event of a car accident.
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are a cheap and convenient way to get around town, but how safe are they—really? One of the first things we are taught, as children, is to never get into a stranger’s car. But, isn’t that, essentially, what you’re doing when you get a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver?
We’ve all encountered intersections that are clearly more prone to accidents than others. Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently identified the most dangerous intersections in each of the U.S. states, and it determined that where Central Avenue crosses Yellowstone Road in Cheyenne was the single most dangerous intersection in Wyoming. It appears that the second most dangerous intersection is where Dell Range Boulevard crosses Converse Avenue, also in Cheyenne.
Road rage is a major concern on American roads nowadays. Most people have been angered by the actions of other drivers at some time or other. In these instances, how we react may determine whether it develops into a road-rage scenario.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 6 million vehicle accidents occur each year in the U.S. In Wyoming, our population is approximately 585,000, and last year there were 1,112 traffic fatalities out of 13,846 crashes.
Here, we will discuss the most common types of accidents that occur within the state and some of the ways to prevent them.
Using statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2016, independent review website SafeWise declared the Cowboy State to be the most dangerous for winter driving. And it’s not surprising why. Wyoming ranks number two in annual snowfall, just behind New York State. Plus, our state has a lot of square miles and the smallest population in the U.S. So, we Wyomingites do a lot of driving—regardless of the weather.
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