BRONX RIVER PARKWAY ACCIDENT THAT killed 7 PEOPLE
The question is, how can you prevent this tragic accident to occur to you? Here are 6 steps to help you prevent getting into an accident on the highways and local roads.
Step 1: Planning
If you are going to go on a long road trip and you have young children on your vehicle, you must make sure that your children are in a child seat (if they require a child seat) or that they must have their seatbelt on. Besides, because of the obvious that you should always have a seat belt on for safety reasons, a child without a seat belt on, can become a major distraction for the driver, When you are driving at a high speed your attention should be 100% on the road, because all it take is one second of distraction and you can lose control of your vehicle. Your attention should always be 100% on the road when you are driving, but specially when you going 50MPH or more.
Pay attention. Practically all collisions involve inattention on the part of one or both drivers. Distraction comes in many ways: daydreaming, fidgeting with the radio, sleepiness, fatigue and cell phones. Paying attention makes it possible for you to see, recognize and avoid the hazards approaching on the road.
Step 2: Inspect your Vehicle
When it comes to having a vehicle, you will have to spend money in making sure that your vehicle is well maintained, specially when it comes to your tires and brakes. In the Below picture you can see an easy way to determine whether your tires still have tread on them, or if your tires have become worn out.
Hold a penny with Abraham Lincoln upside down. Insert the penny in the space between your treads, pull it slightly forward so that the penny is touching the tread and check out how much of Mr. Lincoln’s head you can see. If you can see his entire head you should probably be thinking about some new tires for your vehicle.
You should always make sure that your Brakes are in good working condition and are not worn out, usually if you need for your brakes to be changed, you will begin to hear a grinding noise coming from your tires when you begin to press on the breaks. The most vital step is to get your vehicle in top form. Whether you're traveling by car, RV, truck, motorcycle, your road trip will be smoother if your vehicle is ship-shape, or road-shape in this instance. Before you leave, have a qualified mechanic check all the car's vitals: brakes, battery, fluid levels, tire pressure, light bulbs and any parts that need regular maintenance.
Step 3: You can not tell the future.
You can never rely on what the other driver will do. While driving, always keep a wary eye on other drivers and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes they might make and be ready. Stay alert and in control.
If you are in doubt about who has the right of way, give it away. Right of way rules are often misunderstood, and there are situations where the rules may not be clear to everyone. If there is uncertainty about which vehicle should have the right of way, give the other driver the road. When it comes to driving safely, it's not the principle, but the outcome, that counts.
Speed limits are posted for a reason. Driving at a higher rate cuts your reaction time and results in more stored energy that must be dissipated in any collision. A safe driver should choose a speed matching traffic as closely as possible without exceeding speed limits. If traffic is moving at higher speed than you should go, keep to the right and out of the way.
Step 6: Drive precisely.
Most everyone knows the basic traffic laws, yet drivers impatiently ignore them for the sake of expediency every day. Traffic rules are in place to create the consistency and uniformity that allow us to predict with some degree of confidence what other drivers will do, thereby avoiding conflicts and collisions. Ignoring the rules of the road helps create the chaos you see every day.
Auto Accident Facts:
The above picture happened on I-80 going westbound in Central Pennsylvania in September 2003. There was a 76 year old driver and 85 year old passenger. They turn on their left turn signal but they were in the slow lane (right lane). They then suddenly turned at 60 MPH right in front of the semi truck. Both women were killed and it was an incredibly ugly scene.
The fatal Vehicle accident on May 5th 2005 on I-20 in Smith Co. Texas.
On September 5, 2003, 5 people were injured in a head-on collision. Their were 3 people in the van pictured above. They were on the way home from the Outback steak house on Rd.45 Martinsburg , West Virginia. When they came around a sharp turn a jeep with no headlights and 2 drunken people, came left to center and hit the car head on. The jeep ramped up onto the car and flipped. The driver ended up with a broken pelvic bone, broken femur, broken ankle, and 5 broke rib bones, which punctured his lung. The other passenger walked away with a broken ankle, and scrapes on his head. One of the passengers had to be transferred by ambulance to another hospital, in Virginia. One of them had his legs burn, stretching 5 inches in length, and 3 inches width. They also had bleeding in the brain, and swelling. In the jeep, the driver got ejected onto the road; he broke all the bones in his face, and got most of his teeth knocked out. They were not wearing seatbelts. Luckily everyone lived, but the paramedics, said they shouldn’t have.
Brand new 645 BMW was going about 125 MPH when he hit the rear end of a Bob-tailed Tractor trailer. Really says something about the safety of the new car designs. This happened about 2 Kilometers East of Kaiserslautern, Germany on Autobahn 6 back in early March of this year. The driver of the BMW is a 24 year old star for the Kaiserslautern Germany professional Soccer Team. Car cost about $100,000 or more according to the Polizei. He hit the back end of a Bob Tail AAFES truck and spun him 180 degrees around so he was facing the oncoming traffic. The guy I was riding with was about 300 Meters behind the AAFES truck and saw the whole thing happen. BMW driver was doing about 200 90 mph in the left of three lanes then a small car cut him off. The only option the BMW guy had was either hit the little red car that cut him off or dive into the center lane where the AAFES truck was.