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Speeding may be Thrilling, but It is also Nothing More Than a Grave Act of Irresponsibility and an Act of Disregarding Your Safety and the Safety of Everyone Else

One sad thing about driving is once an individual (most especially someone between the age of 16 and 24) earns his/her driver’s license, he/she easily forgets how to be responsible on the road, more so when driving with friends. Once behind the wheel, so many drivers easily forget all the education, training, advertisements and reminders that tell them about safe driving and road safety rules which will help keep them away from an accident – from getting injured or killed, or from injuring or killing someone else. Due to this, more than five million vehicular crashes still occur every year, with at least 30,000 of these accidents resulting to death and more than two million leading to injuries.

The top four causes of car accidents, based on analysis of crash data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, distracted driving and overspeeding or driving above the set speed limit.

Driving above the set speed limit is the third major cause of fatal accidents among drivers, car passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. Every time a driver goes above the speed limit, he/she increases the risk of accident and compromises the safety of so many others. This is because speeding, as proven through studies and actual events, reduces a driver’s reaction time to danger, makes stopping or slowing down a vehicle much harder, and lessens a driver’s control over his/her vehicle.

There are millions of cars that fill US roads and highways every day, carrying people to different points of destination. The speed, convenience and comfort that cars give passengers have made these the most ideal means of transportation for Americans. However, like any other type of equipment, if cars are not used or driven safely, then bad results are always high possibilities.

According to a speeding accident lawyer from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., when an accident occurs at high speeds, the amount of energy released during collision increases exponentially. The force of collision can cause life-altering injuries such as spinal and neck trauma (sometimes resulting in paralysis), head injuries, broken limbs, damage to internal organs, or severe lacerations and bruising; these are kinds of injuries that can rack up steep medical costs, and may prevent the victim’s ability to lead a normal life.

Speeding is something that a person willingly chooses to do. It can cause severe harm on anyone which, otherwise, may not even happen if traffic rules would properly be observed. This is why it is legally advisable for a victim to file a lawsuit against the driver at fault, first, to bring the liable driver to justice which, hopefully will make him/her have second thoughts about speeding again and, second, to seek compensation for the damages that his/her injury has caused, and will still cause. To make this legal move more beneficial to the victim, a seasoned personal injury lawyer or speeding accident lawyer may be able to provide the necessary legal assistance.

Man Claims He Invented the Safest Bike Ever

The website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher explains that the aftermath of accidents can be overwhelming. Many people are aware of this and take appropriate precautions to keep themselves safe. For those that love biking just as much as they love staying safe, British inventor Crispin Sinclair claims he has invented the safest bike in the world.

His invention is called the Babel Bike, which according to CNET Magazine is getting its financial start as an Indiegogo campaign. Aesthetically, the Babel Bike stays true to a traditional bike by having two wheels, but veers away from the typical model from there.

The bike comes with a safety cage, seatbelt, front and rear lights, rear-view mirrors, turn signals, a horn, brake lights, and hazard lights. Sinclair says the safety cage and seatbelt minimize damage to the biker because when getting hit the biker is pushed instead of crushed.

The monetary goal for the campaign is about $74,000. Both electric and non-electric versions of the bike can be bought. The electric bike currently can be purchased for a $4,430 pledge to the campaign and runs for 50-80 miles and the non-electric bike comes in a little less at $2,950.

People who have commented about the product online have critiqued it by saying the price is way too high, and that you can get a quality bicycle for just $100. Other critiques have focused in on the design of the Babel Bike itself. Because it is seated low, they fear the rider may become too relaxed and not have the level of alertness required for a biker on the road.

Only time will tell if Sinclair or his critiques will have the last word. Maybe the Babel Bike really is the biggest road safety innovation since the seat belt, or maybe it is just another tech fad.

Consequences of a Car Accident

The consequences of a car accident range from the annoying to the horrific. If you just spent the weekend buffing your car to a high shine and someone sideswipes you on your very first day out and scratches the paint, that’s annoying, but hardly even worth a call to your insurance company. You should always be so lucky. You would be one in about 10 million people who fail to report a minor crash.

Even then, there are a lot of reported car accidents in the US that end in injuries, even fatalities. It is estimated that about one person is injured every 14 seconds somewhere in the US, and one person dies every 48 minutes. And you don’t even have to be driving or even be in a vehicle to be involved in a car accident. Every year, about 60,000 pedestrians are hit by a car and even if the speed is 30 mph or lower, it often causes serious injury, maybe even permanent disability. In too many cases, the pedestrian dies without even knowing what hit him or her, especially in urban areas.

The consequences of a car accident directly impact the drivers/s, passengers, and pedestrians involved. It is often the physical and financial side that hurts the most no matter the severity of the incident. Even for minor injuries, the trip to the emergency room can set the patient back upwards of $1,000, and for the really severe injuries, the costs can be astronomical. Often, the accident victim has to pay out-of-pocket expenses for bills not covered by the insurance company.

The physical and financial pain is often followed by a psychological reaction, such as developing dystychiphobia (fear of accidents) or amaxophobia (fear of riding in a motorized vehicle). These are debilitating conditions, although they rarely occur. But when the accident turns out to have been caused by negligence by one of the parties, the emotional aspect can be overwhelming. The only consolation the hapless victims have is that in such cases, it may be possible to sue for compensation. In order not to be overwhelmed by these unwarranted consequences in a drunk driving or speeding car accident, for example, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area.