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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.

Motor vehicle wrecks can result in serious burns

Motor vehicle accidents sometimes include explosions and exposure to hot surfaces. These can result in very serious burns that can require intensive medical care. When this happens, it can mean that you have to deal with high medical care costs. You will likely have to remain off work for a while.

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.

July is the most dangerous month for boating

Winters can be long and dreary, filled with driving snow, black ice and sub-zero temperatures. During that time, it's a safe bet that those who own boats likely dream of these warm summer months where they can take friends and family out on the water to get a break from the heat.

Crashes with semitrucks occur due to many causes

Semitruck crashes can lead to a host of injuries, some of which happen to innocent victims. It is imperative that truckers drive in a way that helps to keep others on the road safe. The duty doesn't stop there. Everyone who is driving should make sure that they accept the responsibility that comes with operating a vehicle on a public road.

Distracted driving remains a top safety concern

Ever since cellphones hit the market, distracted driving has been a persistent safety hazard on the country's roadways. Pennsylvania is no exception: Sometimes, it seems nearly impossible to drive without spotting another motorist texting, talking on the phone or using their smartphone for some other purpose.

Distracted drivers are deadly drivers

Distracted driving is a deadly behavior that some drivers completely overlook. Younger drivers sometimes feel like they are invincible. More experienced drivers might think that they can satisfactorily compensate for the distractions. In both of these cases, innocent people can die or suffer from horrific injuries.

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