Most accidents are preventable

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A number of motor vehicle accidents in the area this week make a person wonder about whether some drivers are paying attention.

It is winter, of course, and some roads and parking lots are slippery and there is blowing snow. But not all those factors contribute to these accidents.

There are many accidents where the blame can be placed squarely on the driver for things such as not paying attention to where he or she is backing up, not clearing windows of snow or ice or simply driving too fast for winter conditions.

While some of the accidents at the first of the winter can be attributed to not adjusting to road conditions, by this time of the year drivers should be well aware they have to slow down when there are blustery or icy conditions.

Unfortunately, there are many accidents reported even in the summer when there are bare roads, but the instances rise even higher at this time of the year.

These accidents don’t all involve more than one vehicle as there are drivers often going off the road and into the ditch. Some of these are purely accidents because drivers lose control in slippery or snowy conditions, but others are because drivers are just travelling too fast for the conditions.

All of this results in many accident claims, which often drives up the cost of insurance for everyone.

Then there are the hit-and-run accidents in parking lots, where a driver smacks into another vehicle and takes off, not even leaving a note to notify the person whose vehicle has been struck identifying who caused the damage.

The sad part is that it happens every day and, for the best part, the driver that causes the damage is never caught.

In saying that, there are still some honest people out there who will either leave a note or make the effort to find out who owns the vehicle struck.

Kudos go to the drivers who fess up to causing an accident.

This long and tormenting winter is bad enough without discovering your car in a parking lot has been damaged without any recognition by the person responsible.

What it amounts to is that most accidents are preventable and drivers should take just a little more care before and after getting behind the wheel.

It will make winter better all around.

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  • Artie
    March 08, 2014 - 12:21

    I drive for a living and when you spend 40 + hours on the road each week, you get to see it all. I see a lot of accidents and even more near misses. The reasons are varied but I do notice that phones and texting are at the top of the list when it comes to distraction while driving. Many people who drive SUV's are becoming far more dangerous than ever. People buy these rigs and many of them are all wheel drive. FYI, an all wheel drive vehicle, without winter tires, will stop no better than any other vehicle out there that is not properly outfitted with winter tires. (sidenote: we should ban use of ALL season tires). My all time favorite complaint is the moron who cannot brush away a flake of snow from any part of their vehicle. These people should be fined, made to clean their car on the spot, and given a warning that if they do not clean their car, they will lose their right to drive it. Extreme? Maybe, but when you are behind one of these nimrods and they start to back up towards you, it does not seem to extreme. I could write a huge list of what I see day to day, but, I will get carpel tunnel from writing it all down. I will say that I see a lot of mistakes being made and many of them are big ones. What I do not see are cops stopping and dealing with these monkeys. I wonder why that is?

  • New Veteran
    March 08, 2014 - 10:30

    The Oxford dictionary defines accident as "an event that is without apparent cause, or is unexpected". A collision is "a violent impact of a moving body with another or with a fixed object". All accidents are preventable. Collisions are usually caused by stupidity which is not preventable or fixable. Isn't grammar wonderful?