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Serious accidents can end promising careers

The first concern with a serious motorcycle accident, of course, is whether or not the rider survives. However, simply living through the crash does not mean there is little effect on a person's life.

In many cases, riders suffer from massive injuries that can change everything in a fraction of a second. It could be a neck injury, a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, or something else equally devastating. In many cases, even with modern medical technology, a full recovery from these types of injuries is just not possible.

Which roads are more dangerous, rural or urban?

Urban drivers may feel like rural roads are more dangerous because they feel lost and confused without street lights and clear signs. Rural drivers, on the other hand, may feel like city streets are more dangerous because they're chaotic and just packed with cars. Who is right? Which setting is the more dangerous one to drive into?

While both have their own dangers, most experts agree that rural roads tend to be more dangerous, at least when you look at crash rates. This is especially true because there are lower traffic levels.

Are extroverts the worst drivers?

When you talk to people about who the worst drivers are, you probably get a lot of answers based on age. Some blame teens, saying that their inexperience makes them worse drivers than adults. Others blame elderly drivers, saying that declining mental and physical abilities make them dangerous. Is there another way to break things down and really find high-risk drivers without just reverting to cliches and stereotypes about age?

There may be. In one study, researchers were looking at distracted driving risks, and they found that extroverts engaged in distracting behaviors more often than introverts. They would make more phone calls, for instance, and send more text messages.

What to do when you're fatigued while riding your motorcycle

Drowsy driving is a serious issue in the United States, and it extends to motorcyclists. Drowsy riding can lead to mistakes, accidents, injuries and even fatalities.

So, what should you do if you're riding your bike and you start feeling too tired? Here are a few things to try:

  • Get off the road and take a nap. Do not put yourself or anyone else in danger.
  • Stop for a meal or a snack. It can really wake you up. Spicy food may jolt you awake and sugary food can give you a burst of energy.
  • Grab a coffee or an energy drink. When you gas up, spend 10 minutes waiting at the gas station and drinking something with a high caffeine content to keep you awake.
  • Don't listen to your favorite music. It's familiar and comforting, and that can make you tired. Listen to nothing or listen to something you don't like.
  • Take breaks. If you know you often get tired while riding, plan your trip out with breaks every hour or so to get off the bike and walk around a bit.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet. The tips about snacks listed above can help as a last resort, but your best energy source is just a consistent healthy diet so that you don't need caffeine and high-sugar snacks at all.

2 ways that jackknifing occurs

When a semitruck "jackknifes," that means that it essentially folds sideways at the hinge between the truck and the trailer. They form a "V" shape that looks like a folding knife being closed -- thus the name.

This is a very dangerous situation. A truck that jackknifes is likely completely out of control. The driver can no longer steer properly. In addition, even on a wide, multilane road, the truck may take up all of the lanes. Everyone around the vehicle is in tremendous danger, and it may be impossible for them to avoid a crash.

Wrong-way accidents are more severe

One of the most dangerous situations you can ever encounter on the road is a wrong-way driver. You may have little to no time to react. You never expect it to happen. It can lead to a very severe wreck.

It is uncommon. Statistics show that about 300 to 400 people lose their lives annually in these accidents. Most drivers never go the wrong way down a road and accidents are infrequent.

The safest day to drive

You can try to reduce your odds of getting into a car accident in many different ways. You can practice safe driving yourself, avoiding distractions and following traffic laws. You can practice defensive driving, watching for others to make mistakes so that you can react to them as quickly as possible.

But what if it was as simple as just choosing when you drive?

Hit-and-run injures 6-year-old in Colorado

A driver suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident, along with a six-year-old child who was in the vehicle. Though the person who hit them fled the scene, the authorities have now located him and made an arrest.

The crash happened on Monday, January 6. According to reports, a man stole a white pickup truck. This theft was reported to the police the Sunday before. On the day of the crash, the man saw a police vehicle and, perhaps feeling nervous that he would get caught since he was on parole at the time, he began driving erratically. He then ran head-on into a white car with a woman and her child riding in it.

Truck drivers have to be extra careful in the mountains

Under the best of conditions, driving a truck is difficult and often dangerous. In the mountains, in the winter, everything goes up to another level. Truck drivers have to be very conscious of the risks and they need to be very careful behind the wheel.

For instance, they always have to keep an eye on the grade of the road. It makes a huge difference regarding vehicle control and stopping distances. An oversight can lead to an accident.

6 injured as car burns in Colorado

A frightening car accident in Colorado left six people injured and one vehicle on fire. It happened on Interstate 25, in the northbound lanes, and it was so bad that the authorities had to shut down the popular highway.

The crash happened on Sunday, Dec. 15, right around 10:30 a.m. The police closed the road down for about 45 minutes, getting traffic moving again around 11:15 a.m.

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