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Monday, February 23, 2015
Car Accidents Caused by Those Who Run Red Lights?
Our modern day traffic system bears the
intricacies of clockwork in some areas, and is astoundingly imperfect in others.
Most minds fail to ponder just how complex the inner workings of our roadways
are; often taking it all at face value as a simple “stop and go” operation.
What drivers fail to realize is how much of an impact their driving choices
have on others that they share the road with. Sadly, an overwhelming amount of
drivers have a selfish attitude when it comes to the roadways. They’re not
“sharing” the roadways; they’re simply “tolerating” the presence of other
drivers. That means that a good portion of traffic system consists of drivers
who refuse to work as a team.
Imagine a distracted driver rapidly approaching
his intended destination. He notices just moments before it’s too late. Instead
of dangerously yanking the wheel to make a sudden right turn, he has options
that could prevent otherwise serious or fatal accidents from occurring. From
the driver’s perspective, his unexpected turn won’t cause any harm. Sure, his
tires are going to screech, but that’s no big deal, right? Well, considering
the turn came with such short notice, there’s no way the driver had time to
consider all the consequences of his impending decision. If so many of our drivers are like this, we’ve
got a serious problem on our hands.
Interestingly enough, it’s a problem we’ve all learned
to deal with—human error is incalculable and therefore unpreventable. Our
traffic system currently consists of a massive amount of vehicles that simply
enter and exit the roadways to get from place to place. Why is it so refreshing
to see an act of kindness expressed by another driver? Shouldn’t coordination
and cooperation be expected in a system built around team effort? Our traffic
system works, and it has for a long time, but would we be so reclusive in an
ideal traffic system? Furthermore, what is the ideal traffic system? I can
imagine roadways replete with drivers who are confident that the intersection
ahead is free of danger as they travel in coordinated groups that resemble an
experienced marching band.
TRAFFIC PATTERNS CONTRIBUTE TO CONGESTION AND
I would imagine that’s how it’s always been
pictured by the brains that created early roadways, advanced traffic regulation
devices (and even simple ones like stop signs, which are advanced in their own ways), and the systemic approach to
vehicular travel as a whole. I also imagine that they failed to include
negligence as an altering factor in the first traffic light demonstration, but
understandably so. In the early stages of our traffic system, there simply
weren’t enough grounds for testing to have tangible crash statistics. Ideas
needed to be tested before they could be dismissed; flaws needed to be found
before they could be fixed. The foundation left behind by the masterful
engineers of the past is what we have continued to build our traffic system
atop for decades.
Unfortunately, making changes to public roadways
is far more impactful than a car manufacturer altering its chassis for the next
year’s model. Because of that, cars have become more advanced than the roads
could ever keep up with. I strongly believe that when the advancement of cars
and the technology in and around them settles, and our traffic system has a
chance to advance and adapt to those chances, travel will be safe, fast, and
affordable. However, creating a scene of the likes is a job better suited for a
sci-fi special effects artist; our current traffic system is lacking in those
Nowadays, negligence and accidents are expected
to happen—and they are expected to happen in the most devastating of forms. Car
manufacturing companies set up exaggerated crash tests to determine how well a
vehicle can hold up to damage received from a collision. This is a great
example of a step that has been taken to better provide safety in the event of
an accident. In other words, a problem has been identified (i.e. collisions can
cause serious damage to vehicle occupants), but trying to prevent the problem
is illogical (i.e. it’s not possible to completely prevent all vehicle
collisions), so they instead aim to reduce the harmful effects of these
unavoidable crashes (i.e. by increasing the safety of their vehicles).
PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PREVENTS SOME
So where does our traffic system lack? Car
manufacturers seem to be doing pretty well at reducing injuries sustained in a
vehicle accident, but what steps has our traffic system taken to accommodate
negligence and unexpected happenings? Well, the truth is, not many. The best
form of “negligence regulation” that we have on our roadways are the men and
women of law enforcement. They keep an eye out for careless drivers that put
others at harm, but they can only do so much on their own—and even they are
negligent at times.
But it’s not only the poor choices of people that
cause motor vehicle accidents, and it’s not only motor vehicle accidents that
cause devastating injuries and losses for unsuspecting individuals. Sometimes,
just the pure force of Mother Nature can cause generally unavoidable accidents,
but in the end, a driver’s choice to operate a motor vehicle in poor weather
conditions once again leads back to human error. However, should there ever be
a time when a driver is absolutely required to drive in poor weather conditions
for whatever reason; they should view these bad-weather-driving safety tips beforehand.
In the end, it’s safe to assume that negligence
will never be something easily determined or prevented. By definition,
accidents are never meant to happen, so how can we ever expect to craft a
traffic system that expels them completely? The best thing we can do is
continue to create technology and devices that nullify or reduce physical
damage. Only time can tell what steps will be taken to further prevent
accidents, but for now, we’re forced to live with these accidents in all forms.
People are hurt in accidents every day that are
caused by someone else’s negligence. It doesn’t have to be a motor vehicle accident; the act of negligence doesn’t have to be blatantly obvious; if you or
a loved one has suffered any physical, mental, or financial losses due to
someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek significant financial
compensation. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the amount of
negligence that each involved party expressed in the accident, and a countless
amount of other factors, your losses could be covered.
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If you’re interested in discussing your personal
injury case with an experienced attorney, you should do it in a timely manner.
Believe it or not, the time you have to make a claim is limited and you could
end up paying out-of-pocket for medical expenses or the funeral costs following
the wrongful death of a loved one. Don’t give up your right to seek
compensation; don’t accept a heartless minimum settlement agreement put forth
by an insurance company.
Instead, call one of our Florida personal injury
and civil trial attorneys today for a free consultation and case evaluation
regarding your case. We strive to tell you what you need to know to ensure
speedy compensation and a healthy recovery, so call us today 727-451-6900.
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