We read about the unfortunate loss of 16 year old Anthony Feather , from
King George County, Virginia, who died on May 9, 2010 after being thrown
from a motor vehicle. Anthony and his friends went to their prom on Saturday
night at King George High School. While an investigation is still pending,
it is believed that the driver was speeding when the vehicle left the
road and struck a tree.
We continue to read about the increasing number of fatalities that occur
as a result of motor vehicle collisions. We must all take measures to
ensure that we are safe on the road so that we do not injure ourselves,
and more importantly, others on the roadway.
The six most common causes of
motor vehicle accidents are (as reported by Six.Wise.com):
1) Driver Distraction- Drivers are often distracted by using the cell phone,,
adjusting the radio, and reading while driving.
2) Driver Fatigue- According to the
U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it has been reported that approximately 100,000 accidents are caused
as a result of drowsy drivers. Symptoms of driver fatigue include frequent
yawning, and varying speed of the vehicle.
3) Drunk Driving- According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, approximately 16,654 people were killed in alcohol related
crashes in 2004.
5) Aggressive Driving- Aggressive driving includes tailgating, disregarding
traffic signals, failing to yield right of way, and flashing lights
While you can't prevent wrongdoing by others on the roadway, you can
hold them accountable for any harm caused to you or a loved one. The lawyers at
Chaikin Sherman Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. stand ready to help if the need arises.