The Independence Day weekend is the perfect time to get together with family and friends and celebrate our country’s history. But unfortunately for many of us, the Fourth of July holiday is also a time of pain and hardship. But could the suffering be prevented?
In the past couple of days, news sources have sharing stories on deadly accidents that happened over the Fourth of July weekend. In many of these tragic cases, auto accidents are linked to distracted driving. To those of us who are not entirely aware of the risks associated with the act of driving while distracted, learning more about these accidents could help us to approach the subject differently.
Distracted Driving Leads To Deadly Accidents in Colorado & California
In Colorado, local police officers have reported that an auto accident involving two vehicles was linked to distracted driving. While a more extensive investigation is required to accurately determine whether distracted driving was, in fact, to blame, police’s initial investigation indicated distraction as a factor.
Because the driver was distracted, the vehicle crashed into the back of another car that had stopped at a stop light.
The rear-end crash involving the two vehicles unfortunately led to the death of the passenger in the first car. The driver, whose alleged distraction caused the accident, was rushed to the hospital.
According to the local authorities, both occupants in the first vehicle were not wearing their seat belts. The accident, the report shows, took place on Saturday, the Fourth of July.
But that was not the only accident that caught our eye. According to Fresno Bee, an accident that also happened last Saturday here in California has also been linked to distracted driving.
According to the official reports, the auto accident involved a man from Downey. Because the man reportedly took his eyes off the road to look at his car’s instrument panel, the vehicle was allowed to cross from the left lane of the northbound Interstate 5 into the right lane. As the 20-year-old driver allowed his vehicle to cross, he also allowed it to crash into a Hyundai Elantra that was 18 feet off the roadway. The accident took place at the asphalt shoulder, causing a passenger of the Hyundai, a 56-year-old woman from Buena Park, to die as a result of her injuries.
The 20-year-old’s Volkswagen Golf was going at an estimated speed of 80 mph at the time of the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, his inattention to the road was the main factor in this accident. The 20-year-old driver and other passengers were rushed to the hospital with minor injuries.
While no drugs or alcohol have been linked to the accident, distracted driving has been associated with the collision. Drivers who are serious about avoiding accidents and making sure others are safe should never ignore the risks associated with distracted driving. For more details on this story, you may follow this link to read the full accident account.