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What's the most common type of fatal distracted driving?

Especially in light of our previous post on this blog about Oregonians and their ongoing love affair with using their electronic devices, even while driving, a Portlander might think that texting and driving or talking on one's cell phone is the most common cause of fatal distracted driving accidents.

However, at least according to one recent report, such is far from the case. Indeed, while cell phone use is the second leading cause of fatal distracted driving accidents, contributing to 14 percent of them, the most common cause of these sorts of accidents is simply "daydreaming," which can include simply letting one's mind go on "automatic" rather than staying focused on the road. Deadly accidents related to daydreaming account for 61 percent of all distracted driving accidents that end with a fatality.

What to do if you are in a bike-share crash

You may have seen orange bicycles popping up around Portland lately. In the newest innovation to put fewer cars on the road, the city has come up with BIKETOWN, a new bicycle-sharing program that allows you to grab a bike when you need it to go around town. 

Residents have already accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles on the bikes, and while they are beneficial, they are not immune to the same crashes any other cyclist should watch out for. You will naturally feel shaken up following a collision, and it is paramount you address any injuries you sustained immediately. However, you should rest assured that you need to follow pretty much the same steps as if you had been in a crash on a bike you actually owned.

Oregon's distracted driving problem reportedly getting worse

As a previous post reported, this month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, at least according to one recent study, the commemoration of this month could not come at a better time for residents of Portland, Oregon.

This study showed that despite this state's recently passing tough laws prohibiting hand-held cell phone use while behind the wheel, texting and driving is on the rise across Oregon.

Think of pedestrians during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

A major non-profit organization, the National Safety Council, has proclaimed April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The organization is encouraging a variety of individuals and businesses who use this country's transportation system to do their part to cut down on texting while driving, inappropriate and unsafe cell phone usage behind the wheel, and other distractions that can easily lead to traffic accidents.

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the organization has also started a related "Just Drive" public awareness campaign. The organization hopes that the campaign will help reverse the recent trend in the number of fatal accidents across the country.

More on what to do and what not do after a car accident

A previous post on this blog warned Portland, Oregon, residents involved in a car accident not to ever agree with the other driver to settle the matter informally or accept the other driver's money, even if the payment seems generous.

There are a couple of reasons why this advice is important. For one, calling the police and getting a police report gives everyone, including the insurance companies involved, a reasonably reliable track record of what exactly happened and why.

Crush injuries can lead to serious, long-term problems

Many people in Portland, Oregon, work at industrial sites or construction zones where there are literally lots of heavy moving parts. In addition to different types of vehicles and industrial equipment like forklifts, walls, heavy loads and other objects are commonplace at an industrial or construction Even mounds of dirt or debris, or, for that matter, open ditches, can give way and move suddenly and without warning.

What this means is that there is a higher likelihood that a worker will get crushed or pinned when they are on the job. It is important to remember, though, that crush injuries can occur in just about any occupation a Portlander may chose, as just about any business involves the use of some heavy objects.

Never take the other driver's money after an accident

Most residents of Oregon will have to deal with a car accident at one point or another. The state's Department of Transportation reports that in 2015 alone, over 55,000 car crashes occurred, resulting in over 41,000 injuries. 

After an auto accident, you should always contact the police, see a doctor and inform your auto insurance provider of the situation. One thing you definitely do not want to do is take cash offered by the other driver. Some drivers resort to offering cash because they do not want any more points on their driving record. It is also possible the person does not have any insurance. You never want to take money at the scene because you do not yet know the extent of your injuries and the damage to your car. 

Major accident on Oregon Interstate leaves one dead, several hurt

A major crash on Interstate 84, which is the main artery from Portland out to the eastern parts of this state, has left a woman dead. Nine other people were hurt in the multi-vehicle accident, and, initially, five victims were reported to be in serious condition.

This fatal car accident involved 20 different vehicles and attracted the attention of media outlets statewide, even though the collision took place in eastern Oregon. Given the extensive nature of this accident, police have indicated that they are still investigating and have not released the names of any other victims.

Representation after a bicycle accident

Portland is known as a city that is very friendly to bicyclists. It was lots of bicycle pathways that cyclists can use while traveling alongside motor vehicle traffic, and it also has plenty of trails cyclists can enjoy. There are plenty of spots for bicyclists to park and lock their bikes, and some employers even offer incentives for their employees to ride their bikes to work.

It is no surprise that 15 percent of Portlanders commute to their place of employment via bicycle. This is a good thing, but it comes at the cost of additional bike accidents, some of which leave Oregonians either seriously injured or dead.

Can I choose my own doctor after a workplace accident?

Although some employers might suggest that an injured worker has to go to a doctor who is chosen by the employer's insurance company, an injured employee in fact has the right to choose his or her own doctor. The person's doctor need only be properly licensed to practice medicine in Oregon.

This is an extremely important right for a worker to exercise. After all, a doctor's opinion is going to be given a lot of weight, especially when it comes to deciding whether a worker is able to return to work. Once a person is cleared to return to work by his or her doctor, an employer and the insurance company has a good argument that workers' compensation benefits should stop.

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