Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

With the continuous increase in the number of automobiles on U.S. roads and highways, the need to make sure that all cars, with all their parts, are manufactured according to industry and government standards is an absolute necessity.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been consistently strict in its campaign to significantly reduce the number of car accidents in the US. With more than five million cars getting involved in accidents, whether minor of serious, every year, the NHTSA has passed new laws, made punishments heavier, and the presence of traffic enforcers, more visible.

With drunk-driving, reckless driving, overspeeding, and driver error and distraction, being the top causes of car accidents, enforcement of laws have been stricter and enforcers more determined in apprehending violators of traffic safety rules, especially those who violate laws that are intended to greatly lessen the major causes identified above.

With regard to drunk-driving, the NHTSA has already made moves to lower the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from 0.08% to 0.05%; and the Administration is confident that its move will be recognized and approved by US law-makers. Besides this, there is also the conduction of sobriety tests, the imposition of the 0.04% BAC limit for truck and other commercial drivers, and the zero tolerance level to individuals who are below 21 years old.

While advocating the use of seatbelt, the use of cell phone, while driving, has been illegalized, as this is one of the major culprits in many car accidents which involve young drivers. In connection to this, the use of the Bluetooth headset has been required, especially for commercial drivers, as their vehicles’ present more danger on the road due to their size.

Studies based on surveys reveal the fact that many drivers still act negligently on the road, even without intending it. One result of this carelessness while driving is letting different forms of distractions take their focus from the road. Checking a map for directions, adjusting the controls of a GPS, lighting a cigarette, eating or drinking, fixing a tie, combing the hair, shaving (may be isolated, but this still happens) or changing a shirt, are examples of these distraction – there are so many others besides these.

Any act that will reduce a driver’s focus on driving always spells danger for that particular driver and for all others who may be sharing the road with him/her. And despite carrying liability car insurance coverage (to cover damages to property and injury caused on the victim), many victims have found out just how hard it is to deal with insurance providers and parties/individuals who were at fault in the accident.

It is important that victims are always represented by competent lawyers who are very familiar with the stipulations of tort law. A determined Columbia personal injury lawyer will fight for an accident victim’s rights and seek just compensation.

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