Motor Vehicle Accidents

August is the most dangerous month on the road

Many assume that the most dangerous month for driving is December with its winter conditions and holiday reverie. Others will point to July with the July 4th holiday, which also ranks high as a dangerous time to be on the road. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the most dangerous month for traffic-related fatalities is August with the seemingly random date of August 2 as the most dangerous day of the year. The calculations are based on statistics compiled 2012-2016 by researchers at the IIHS — August 2 had a total of 505 traffic fatalities in a month that has 15,914 fatalities over that five-year period.

Bicycle fatalities reduced by helmet use

Bicycles account for about 2 percent of motor vehicle crashes here in the U.S., but this number is on the rise. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the most common serious injuries are to the head, which is a clear reminder of why it is so important for riders to wear helmets. While Pennsylvania does not require adults to wear helmets, riders under 12 years of age must use one if they are on pedal cycle. If there is a helmet law, however, riders are four times more likely to use a helmet than if there is no law.

Avoiding the blind spots for commercial trucks can keep you safe

In many ways, the modern American economy depends on the work of commercial truck drivers. Over the last few decades, much of the railway infrastructure on this continent has deteriorated or been dismantled due to disuse. Additionally, transporting goods through the use of airplanes can be cost-prohibitive in many cases. Ground transportation is usually the fastest, safest and cheapest option.