When you are a driver, you have a responsibility to the people around you. If you are unsafe on the roads, you could cause people some severe harm. Often, people fail to think about this issue. To some people, driving is second nature, and so they don’t worry about a thing. It may surprise you to learn that there is a growing trend in the UK. Each year, there are more and more fatal car accidents than ever. That means that more people are dying from crashes than they used to. One of the areas that have seen the most growth in this trend is Kent. The southern region has seen a massive surge in dangerous driving and accidents.
Fatal car accidents in Kent
When you compare the stats from 2013 to the ones from 2014, there is a massive difference. In Kent, there has been an 11% rise in fatal accidents. If the crashes don’t leave the victim dead, they can often leave lasting damage. Many people suffer from brain injuries after they have been in a collision. That means that their lives are never the same again. It is unclear why this trend has continued in this way. When you compare the stats to those of similar regions, such as Dover, there is a big difference. You could say that Kent is one of the most dangerous places for drivers.
Most common vehicle crashes
Of course, it is not just cars that have crashes; there are many types of vehicles that can have issues. Motorcycle drivers are always at risk since they don’t have much protection. When they end up in a crash, they often suffer serious injuries or die. That means that drivers should be careful when they see a motorbike on the road. Aside from that, trucks tend to be a risk as well. In recent years, there has been a surge in semi truck accidents in the UK. These accidents could threaten people’s lives every single day.
What causes car collisions?
So, what are the main causes of these accidents? Well, if you look at the figures, it is clear to see that there has also been an increase in drink-driving. It could be that more and more people are risking their safety when they have had some alcohol. There are other reasons that accidents happen on the road. When people find that they have a distraction, they can often stop paying attention to other cars. In a short amount of time, this can put them in a great deal of danger.
How to be safe on the roads
While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, you can learn to be safe on the roads. If you want to make sure that you are a sensible driver, you need to avoid any distractions in the car. That means that you should not have anything there that will take your attention away. You may also want to have refresher driving lessons so that you can keep up to date with your driving.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas car crash was not the result of a street race, investigators have said.
While the neighborhood where Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and his friend Roger Rodas were riding in had been racing another car.
Accident investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement Monday.
“No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle.”
Paul Walker, 40, and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas, 38, died Saturday when Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames. The posted limit was 45 mph.
The two had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Roger Rodas’ custom car shop in the Southern California community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Paul Walker’s publicist said the action star was the passenger.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas car crash was not the result of a street race
The crash happened on a street that forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks. It is rimmed by hills and relatively isolated from traffic, especially on weekends when the businesses are closed.
“It’s well-known out here that that’s a hot spot for street racers,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler said.
The sheriff’s department, which polices the neighborhood, said Saturday’s wreck was not the first speed-related crash there, but would not reveal specifics.
Meanwhile, investigators are consulting video from security cameras, talking to eyewitnesses and analyzing physical evidence such as on-board computer data from the Porsche.
A steady stream of fans has flocked to the crash site to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action films.
On Monday night, a private memorial for survivors and the cast and crew of the Fast & Furious movies was held there inside a white tent erected around the crash site. When it was over, Paul Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel emerged to thank fans for paying their respect to the actor.
Officials have not named either person found in the car. The bodies were so badly burned by the fire that engulfed the wreck that dental records will be needed to confirm their identities.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas had bonded over their shared love of fast cars.
Roger Rodas was a financial adviser as well as a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races in 2013.
Paul Walker starred in all but one of the six Fast & Furious blockbusters. He had been on break from shooting the latest installment; Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with Fast & Furious 7, currently slated for July 2014 release.
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Authorities are investigating whether Paul Walker’s car crash happened as the actor was involved in a street race.
Police are said to be looking for witnesses and possible video evidence that another car was involved in a street race with the Fast & Furious actor’s car.
The crash that killed Paul Walker may have had a lot more parallels to his film franchise than initially believed.
According to TMZ, authorities are investigating whether Paul Walker, 40, and his friend Roger Rodas – the former racecar driver behind the wheel of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed – were in the middle of a high speed competition with another car on Saturday afternoon.
It was suspected that speed contributed to the cause of the fiery crash, but a law enforcement source told TMZ that investigators received a tip about a possible race.
Authorities are investigating whether Paul Walker’s car crash happened as the actor was involved in a street race
The Santa Clarita, California, street where the accident occurred is apparently known to be a popular spot for the law-breaking hobby, the website reported.
There were also reports that the Porsche may have malfunctioned shortly before the crash. Sources connected to Paul and Roger Rodas’ high-end car shop, Always Evolving, told TMZ that there could have been a fluid leak in the vehicle.
There was a “noticeable absence of skid marks” and no visible “swerving” leading up to the crash site, Always Evolving source told the website, suggesting Roger Rodas did not lose control of the car.
The fire also reportedly spread from “the front of the car,” the source said, apparently reinforcing the theory of a fluid leak.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas died at the scene, police confirmed, and were reportedly burned “badly” after the car exploded into flames.
An autopsy on Paul Walker’s body has been delayed, a rep for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said, until dental records for both men are obtained to identify the “unidentifiable” bodies.
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At least five Palestinian children have been killed and other 30 have been injured after a school bus has collided with a truck on a road in the West Bank, according to Israeli officials.
The collision happened on “a very steep and slippery road” near Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
An Israeli police spokesperson told AFP that an Israeli truck hit a Palestinian bus. The bus overturned and caught fire.
More than 30 children have been injured in the crash, which was “horrific,” according to the police spokesperson.