There’s a lot that can cause a road accident: distracted driving, drunken driving, vehicles that aren’t roadworthy, to name a few. A lot of the time it’s a simple mistake which could’ve been easily avoided that causes a major accident.
By taking note of the following 10 facts, you might be encouraged to pay more attention the next time you’re behind the wheel and to take the necessary precautions:
- Worldwide, male drivers have a higher risk of dying in a car accident than women due to their inclination to speed more, drink more and take more risks
- In South Africa, the major contributory factors to festive season fatal crashes are drunk driving, speeding, overtaking when unsafe to do so, fatigue, overloading of vehicles and a tyre bursting.
- Deaths from road accidents are at least twice as high in South Africa as the global average.
- The most dangerous drivers are young men.
- While women are statistically safer on the road, they have just as many accidents as men; however, they tend to be minor fender-benders, while men are usually involved in more serious collisions.
- Cautious old ladies are more inclined to die behind the wheel than speeding teenage boys – not because they’re reckless, but because they’re frail and less likely to survive injury.
- In SA, according to stats released in 1998, your likelihood of being in a fatal crash between midnight and 4am is four times higher than during daytime.
- Motorbikes are especially vulnerable on the road as motorists regularly fail to see them, and intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur.
- In the US, of all road users, 4-year-olds have the lowest death risk – probably because they’re in child car seats, and their parents drive more carefully.
- In the UK and the US, the drivers of station wagons have a death rate of less than half the national average for cars due to the fact that they’re safer on the roads and their drivers tend not to take risks.
A young giraffe died from head injuries sustained while being transported, blindfolded, together with another giraffe, in an open truck along a highway in Centurion. A veterinarian had determined that the giraffe, which he described as young, “had died due to head injuries”.
Luckily the second giraffe is still alive, but I assume he is still in pain? How would you feel if you just hit your head into a bridge while going 120km/h? It’s so sad that these animals suffer due to people’s negligence.
“Our investigations so far showed that the transport used was inadequate and incorrect,” said Rick Allan, spokesperson for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma. We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible,” said Rick Allan.
(Source: RTE News)
Wow, imagine this! An axe slipped from a landscaper’s truck and landed in the windshield of the car behind the truck.
The Massachusetts State Police posted a photo of the incident to Facebook and had this to say:
The man whose car was struck was obeying the speed limit, driving about 65 mph. If he had been speeding, the increased velocity of his car would have increased the power of the axe’s impact, meaning it could very well have gone through the glass and injured his passenger.
If the truck driver was driving just a little bit faster, the axe could have nearly killed the driver. Talk about narrowly escaping death! Police fined the driver of the axe truck $200 for failing to secure the truck’s cargo.