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The different types of car accident injuries

Iowa motorists should know that car accident injuries can vary depending on factors like speed and the presence of safety features. For example, a vehicle going 15 mph can hit a stationary car and cause the other party to suffer only minor injuries. However, the results will be much different if a car is going 40 mph. Safety belts could save an occupant from going through the windshield, and airbags can prevent trauma to the head.

Collisions and soft tissue damage

Iowa drivers who get in an accident may wonder about the aches and pains they're experiencing in its aftermath. If these pains are accompanied by inflammation and loss of function in the limbs, they indicate an injury to the soft tissues of the body. These include the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and they can be strained, sprained or torn when stretched by the sudden movements of a car accident.

AAA study highlights the dangers of drowsy driving

Government figures indicate that drowsy driving causes between 1 and 2 percent of the motor vehicle accidents in Iowa and throughout the U.S. However, a recent study from the American Automobile Association suggests that the true figure could be much higher. Researchers from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety used in-vehicle cameras and other equipment to monitor more than 3,500 drivers for several months. Their figures show that fatigue played a role in about 10 percent of the accidents they witnessed.

Distracted driving is a major roadway threat

Iowa drivers have good reason to be worried about the threat posed by distracted drivers on the roadways. Smartphones and text communication have become ubiquitous, and with that popularity has come a wide rage of easy distractions that can divert drivers' eyes and minds from traffic. Recent years have seen an ongoing uptick in the number of fatal car accidents; many experts have correlated this increased danger with the rise of smartphone popularity and its associated distractions.

How teens with ADHD can avoid car accidents

Teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are one-third more likely to be in a car accident than those without the condition, according to a study published in 'JAMA Pediatrics." Researchers also say that individuals with ADHD tend to get their license at a later age than others. However, drivers in Iowa need not be too alarmed.

Daylight standard time can be risky for wildlife accidents

For drivers in Iowa, the annual return to standard time can also have an impact on car accident rates. In particular, auto crashes involving wildlife can be a greater risk as the hours of daylight decrease. The switch from daylight saving time to standard time coincides with mating seasons for many animals.

Older cars generally more dangerous than newer ones

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people who drive older cars are more likely to be killed in an accident than those who drive newer cars. Specifically, those who are driving a car that is 18 years or older have a 71 percent greater chance of being in a fatal accident than someone driving a car that is three years old or newer. Iowa parents of young drivers who are looking for an affordable used vehicle might want to take these statistics into account.

Small cars have much higher crash risks

Small cars are popular in Iowa because of their superior gas mileage. People who are thinking about buying small cars might want to consider more than just that, however. Safety considerations are also important because smaller vehicles present much higher risks of injuries and fatalities than do larger, heavier vehicles.

Driving at night

While driving at any time can be dangerous, the number of people who die from motor vehicle accidents that occur at night are three times the number of fatalities that result from accidents during the day. Iowa motorists who routinely drive at night may benefit from learning about the challenges nighttime drivers face and how they can remain safe on the road.

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