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Have you been in a car accident? Read this!

Being involved in a car accident, no matter how big or small, can be a traumatic experience. Most regular drivers are likely to be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. You can be the safest and most cautious driver around, but that doesn’t save you from the person who careens through a red light and into your car.

The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident. The study suggests there may be “rather large psychological complications even more-so when the motor vehicle accidents have medically not been in the least bit serious.

Like other types of trauma, car accidents can cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems

Talking about your accident is the first step to making peace with it. Get counselling instead of trying to deal with it yourself, and do it as soon as possible. Talk about the accident in as much detail as possible. You also have to try and “piece everything together” – this helps subside the fragmenting effect of trauma and gives you a sense of having gained a grip on your fearfulness.

Reclaiming your life and confidence takes time, and having a strong support system will aid the process. Supporting an accident victim usually involves considerable patience and understanding.

You may experience panic attacks when you get back behind the wheel but it’s recommended that you do it as soon as possible. Not only will you claim back your freedom but it will also give you the chance to feel in control on and off the road.

 

 

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Do you know how to approach broken traffic lights?

CCTV cameras have captured an horrific accident that happened due to motorists not following the rules of the road in a case where the traffic lights were out. Watch the footage here:

It appears that most vehicles were cautiously approaching and proceeding across this dangerous intersection, however the truck should have stopped, but instead it drove straight through the traffic light that was out of order at the time and collided with the car and the cyclist.

This is what SHOULD happen when a traffic light is out of order:

- When a traffic light is not working, the intersection becomes a stop street.

- This means that you have to think of it the same as a four-way stop.

- Even if there is no traffic, you still have to stop in order to make sure the coast is clear.

- If the vehicle in front of you crosses the intersection – you would have to allow the vehicles from the other stops to enter the crossing before you can make your move.

- This means you might have to wait a while as you might have to give way to three other vehicles from three other directions.

- Be alert as it is clear some people ignore the rules of an out-of-order traffic light

- Do not tailgate a vehicle to slip through under the radar – that is what the truck tried to do and look what happened there.

 

 

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You need to be careful on the N2, yet again!

EWN has reported that a 27-year old man is in a critical condition after a brick was thrown through his windscreen on the R300 near the N2.

“Emergency Medical Service’s Robert Daniels says the man sustained serious head injuries after a brick was thrown at his car…”

No more information is available at this point.

 

Source: EWN

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Last weekend’s road death toll is shocking

The fatalities on the road of the first official weekend of the holidays (19-21 December) is at a high 27…

This is after Eyewitness News reported that another two people have been killed on the N1 highway near Beaufort West. Officials say two cars were involved in a head on collision.

In a separate incident, also in Beaufort West, the death toll of a fatal accident this morning has risen to ten after emergency services discovered a child also died in the wreckage. The child and nine other people were burnt beyond recognition in a collision involving seven vehicles including five taxis.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says driver fatigue and drivers taking unnecessary risks are listed among the biggest causes of fatal crashes. He comments, “People need to be more careful, they need to change their attitude and behaviour on our roads. They need to make sure they respect other people’s lives on the roads.”

Meanwhile, two people died in an accident on Alpine and Umgeni roads in Johannesburg. Nine people were injured in the head-on collision around lunch time today. Two women and a baby were flung from the vehicle, killing the two women and leaving the baby in a critical condition. Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson says the nine injured people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

If you feel unsafe on the road this holiday season, have a look at WOW’s safety page to optimise your safety on the road.

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Woman dragged underneath vehicle after getting out of hers to exchange details

A woman from Gauteng is in critical condition after she was dragged underneath a vehicle at the William Nicol and Sandton Drive intersection in Johannesburg on Thursday morning (20th November 2014).

When the paramedics arrived on scene, they found the woman lying in the middle of the road. She had sustained multiple injuries to her head and chest after being dragged beneath the vehicle for some distance.

“It’s understood that the incident occurred when the woman had stopped her vehicle to exchange her details with another driver after a minor collision. The driver apparently sped off, dragging the woman under the vehicle,” said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

The man who dragged her underneath his vehicle has yet to be identified.