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Is it time to take the keys from mom and dad?

One of the hardest things for an adult child of elderly parents to do is make their mothers and fathers understand that their driving days are over for good. The message is never a welcome one and can drive a deep rift between the parents and child and sometimes between siblings with differing views.

But the bottom line is that this hard discussion may one day be necessary — and it may be sooner than you think. If you are dreading this moment, read on for some tips to make your message a bit more palatable.

How to safely drive through an intersection

Intersection car accidents are among the most common, as a simple mistake by a driver puts everyone at risk.

Fortunately, there are steps you can personally take to better protect yourself when driving through an intersection. You should always do the following:

  • Take notice in advance: Once you see an intersection ahead, begin to think about the steps you can take to maintain your safety as you travel through it.
  • Slow down: This gives you the opportunity to better assess the situation, while also providing more time to maneuver should you run into trouble.
  • Use your turn signals: It's your responsibility to give other drivers a clear idea of what you intend to do. So, if you're making a turn, signal as far in advance as possible.
  • Watch for cross traffic: This is where trouble is likely to come from, such as if someone runs a red light as you're traveling through an intersection. By slowing down, you can get a better view of cross-traffic, thus allowing you to adjust accordingly to any dangers.

Summer weather and commercial trucks: Take caution

If you've spent any time on the many highways that run through the state of North Carolina, you know that sharing the road with commercial trucks effectively is critical to your safety.

During the summer months, there are specific steps you can take to maintain your safety:

  • Drive in the right lane: Unless you're passing a slower moving vehicle, drive in the right lane as it's the safest place to be. When you're here, you don't have as many concerns about truckers riding your bumper or illegally passing you.
  • Change your driving style in wet weather: If rain begins to fall, slow down and take extra precautions while keeping an even closer eye on the trucks around you. Many truckers don't slow down in the rain, so they're at greater risk of hydroplaning and losing control.
  • Beware of wind gusts: Strong wind makes it difficult to maintain control of a passenger vehicle, but this is even more so the case when it comes to commercial trucks. The high profile of these vehicles makes them susceptible to losing control and even tipping in strong wind.

Steps you can take to drive safely at night

Driving at any time of the day can be dangerous and stressful. But when the sun goes down, you have every reason to be even more concerned about your safety.

Here are some steps you can take to drive safely at night:

  • Always use your headlights: Not only do your headlights illuminate the road ahead, but they also allow other drivers to see your vehicle. Without headlights, your vehicle can be almost invisible to others.
  • Combat drowsy driving: Driving at night increases the risk of becoming drowsy, which can lead to an accident. Combat this by getting enough sleep before driving and avoiding substances, such as alcohol and medication, that can make you drowsy.
  • Slow down: Your visibility is limited at nighttime, so driving slowly is a must. The slower you're driving, the more time you have to react, such as if someone darts out in front of your vehicle.
  • Beware of other drivers: For example, drunk driving remains a problem, with many people partaking in this activity after the sun goes down. Keeping a close watch on other drivers can help you prevent a potentially serious accident.

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Hold the motorist who killed your loved one accountable

Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that at least 90 people die in car crashes here in the U.S. daily. These fatal crashes don't always involve multiple motorists. It's sadly quite common for drivers to perish in single automobile accidents as well. While many motorists perish instantly as a result of their involvement in these crashes, others do in the hours and days following their collisions. There are trends as it relates to when and why fatal accidents occur.

Speeding is an all-too-common cause of deadly car crashes. It's often accompanied by drugged or drunk driving. Teens and young adults that are males are most apt to die in car crashes due to this type of reckless driving.

Hit by a car? Pedestrians risk serious injuries

As a pedestrian, one of the worst things that you could imagine is being hit by a car. You've done everything you can to make sure that doesn't happen. You wear light colors when you go jogging, and you usually try to exercise during the day. You've never had a problem, and you didn't expect to have one.

Then, your worst fears were made into a reality. As you were jogging on a sidewalk, an inebriated driver drove off the road and toward you. You didn't have time to get out of the way.

Who can you sue if road debris injures you?

You never know what you may find when traveling along the road here in Cary. It's sadly common for a motorist's load to go flying in the air. While debris that flies off of passenger cars isn't likely to do much damage to you or your car, objects that become dislodged from commercial vehicles such as ladders, furniture, tree limbs or a towed car may cause serious injuries or kill.

Government officials here in North Carolina and elsewhere in the country spend billions of dollars cleaning up the roadways due to litter and junk that ends up strewn about our roads every year.

Four defensive driving tips to keep you safe

There are people who drive aggressively and other people who drive defensively. As a defensive driver, you're more likely to avoid trouble on the road. And for that reason, you'll also have greater peace of mind every time you get behind the wheel.

Here are some basic defensive driving tips that will keep you safe:

  • Safety first: Everything you do should be guided by the thinking that your safety always comes first. This protects against you taking unnecessary risks that increase the chance of an accident.
  • Have an escape route: No matter what position you're in, have an escape route in mind so that you can take quick action in the event of an unforeseen incident, such as someone cutting you off.
  • Leave more space: As a general rule of thumb, leave three to four seconds of stopping distance between your vehicle and the one in front of yours. Anything less than this may not give you enough time to stop in an emergency situation.
  • Follow the speed limit: This is a simple one. There are speed limit signs everywhere. Know the speed limit and obey it.

What's the purpose of accident reconstruction?

If you've passed by the site of a catastrophic motor vehicle crash, then you might have seen investigators taking measurements or photographs. What you may not have seen them doing is simulating different chains of events to see what the results would be. This is often what accident reconstructionists do.

Accident reconstructionists often are knowledgeable in many different scientific fields, including physics, and have significant expertise in mathematics or engineering. They use the measurements and photographic data compiled by crash scene investigators as a jumping-off point to conduct a much more thorough investigation in to what may have transpired that caused a catastrophic accident to happen.

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