If you’re an American, the chances that you’ll die in a car wreck are disturbingly high.
There are many reasons for this but, in the end, driving is just a very dangerous activity. A lot of the danger stems from the fact that people don’t take driving as seriously as they should. When you realize how fast things can happen behind the wheel, you’ll understand why driving needs your complete and total attention.
As an example, take a big rig collision. For the example, imagine that you’re following a big rig down the interstate, setting yourself up for a pass and that you’re about 40 feet behind the truck, certainly far enough behind to be visible in the driver’s mirrors. Your travel speed is 60 miles per hour, slower than most interstates. If the semi truck in front of you has to stop or swerve suddenly, or goes out of control, you’ll have approximately one half of a second to react before you slam into the back of the trailer. At 60 miles per hour, you’re travelling 88 feet per second. The fastest athletes in the world cannot process and react to information in less than one quarter of a second; it’s a biological limitation.
Even at slower speeds, the roads require your full attention. Imagine the speed limit was 30 miles per hour and you were in a residential area. If a pedestrian or someone’s pet jumped within 20 feet of your car, you probably couldn’t react in time to stop an accident.
Vehicles are travelling much faster than people tend to think. If you want to get an idea of how fast highway and interstate speeds really are, have a friend take you on a motorcycle. If you’re not an experienced rider, you’ll probably have a very bad case of white knuckles. The vehicle you’re normally in when travelling at those speeds offers you far less protection than you probably think; riding in an open vehicle just makes it more obvious.
When you’re on the road, be aware of other drivers. If you’re injured by someone who’s not paying attention, contact an accident personal injury lawyer. A car wreck attorney can help you to determine if the person who harmed you might be liable and whether or not you’re likely to get compensated for your injuries in court or if you’re likely to get a settlement.