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Why is a pickup truck safer?

Generally speaking, if you get into a car accident, you are safer if you are in a pickup truck than if you are in a car. Many people who don't need trucks for work or any other purpose just pick them because of this relative safety.

So, what makes a pickup truck safer? There are numerous factors. Height is important. If you're in a low passenger car, an accident may push the front of the other vehicle into your window or passenger compartment, but the same wreck in a pickup truck could send the other car below your feet. You can still get injured, but the odds of death are lower.

Where accidents rank as a cause of death

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are always tragic, but the unfortunate news is that they are not uncommon. They lead to a surprising number of deaths every year.

To start, here are the top five causes of death in the United States. These statistics are from 2017:

  1. Heart disease. A total of 647,457 deaths.
  2. Cancer: A total of 599,108 deaths.
  3. Accidents: A total of 169,936 deaths.
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: A total of 160,201 deaths.
  5. Stroke: A total of 146,383 deaths.

The stats show that motorcycle helmets do work

People have many different reasons for choosing to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. Some of them think that the helmets do not make that much of a difference, so they choose not to wear them. Others do not like the weight or complain about how they feel the helmets restrict their vision.

What's clear from the statistics, however, is that the helmets do work. They do. They save lives.

Safety tips for using a crosswalk

A crosswalk may give you the right of way. It may give you some protection in the sense that it alerts drivers that pedestrians may cross the road at that point. But it does not protect you at all when those drivers make a mistake. This is why it's so important to know what steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

To get you started, here are a few important safety tips:

  • Never venture into the street without first stopping at the curb to visually inspect the crossing.
  • There are cases where parked cars may make it hard to see or been seen from the curb. If so, you can move a step or two into the road, where you want to pause again at the outside edge of the nearest car.
  • Do not just look both ways once. Instead, look three times. You start by looking left, then you look right and then you look left again.
  • Remember that cars may turn and cross the intersection. They could turn left from the cross street or turn right behind you. Check in all directions and be aware as you cross.
  • Speaking of being aware, do not use your phone when crossing the road. Never text as you walk. If you're listening to music, pause it until you cross safely.
  • Keep your pace consistent. Do not slow down or speed up.
  • Always assume drivers are not going to stop. Even if they're supposed to, do not walk in front of a car that is in motion.

Daylight Saving Time and night driving

This year, Daylight Saving Time comes to a conclusion on Nov. 3. That's when we will "fall back" and change the clocks in California and many other states. It's important to remember this for scheduling purposes, though modern smartphones -- which many people use almost exclusively to tell time -- should reset themselves.

However, even if you don't end up being late for work, that's not to say that the end of Daylight Saving Time will have no impact on you. It means more driving in the dark during your daily commute. The winter months have shorter days and many workers end up driving both their commute to and from work in the dark.

Why intersections are especially dangerous for motorcyclists

As a motorcyclist, you always need to be aware of exactly what is happening in traffic around you. That's the main key to defensive driving. You need to react as soon as you can when someone else makes a mistake.

When you get close to an intersection, though, it's time to take things up a notch. Be even more attentive. Watch traffic more carefully. Plan your escape routes and be prepared to react instantly.

The main rules for a 4-way stop

Issues at a four-way stop can be catastrophic for a motorcyclist. If another driver makes a mistake and proceeds through the intersection at the wrong time, they can cause a devastating accident. Motorcyclists properly riding through the intersection may literally never realize what hit them, as they couldn't anticipate the crash and had the right of way.

As such, it is important for all drivers to know the basic rules of a four-way stop. In all instances, drivers must stop at the sign and check in the other directions before continuing. They have to yield to any traffic already in the intersection. But when can they proceed? The main rules are:

  1. The first person to arrive at the intersection gets to go first.
  2. If drivers arrive simultaneously, they have to yield to the right.
  3. If two opposing cars are going straight and turning, the car that is going straight has the right of way.
  4. Cars that are turning right get to turn before cars that are turning left onto the same road.

10-year-high for fatal red light accidents

One of the most dangerous situations at an intersection is when someone runs a red light. The drivers on the cross street often have no idea they are at risk as they enter the intersection, and many of these crashes happen at high speeds as people try to beat the yellow light and fail to do so.

How dangerous is this? More than ever. A recent study found that we hit a 10-year-high when looking at the fatalities coming from this illegal practice of red-light running.

Prolonged grief after someone passes away

If you lose a loved one in a car accident, the most natural reaction in the world is to go through a period of grief or mourning. You never need to feel bad about this or assume that you have to move on quickly. Take the time to mourn properly. Turn to friends and relatives for emotional support. Do not be afraid to talk to medical professionals about what you're experiencing, if necessary.

With all of that in mind, you clearly are hoping to move forward with your life in time. Most people see notable progress within the first year. When you don't, and you pass that 12-month mark, that's when you know that you are experiencing prolonged grief.

Do motorcycle helmets make it harder to see and hear?

It's fairly clear that motorcycle helmets can protect you during a crash. However, many riders point out that they need to be able to see and hear perfectly to avoid getting into an accident in the first place. Any restriction on their senses could make an accident more likely. As such, they don't always want to wear helmets, which they believe make it harder to hear traffic around them and to see what's happening on the road, especially in their peripheral vision.

Is there any validity to these claims?


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