Most people know that when a car that is moving at some amount of speed crashes into a stationary object or another moving object, damage will be done to at least one piece of the accident. When cars strike each other or a stationary object, there are really two accidents or collisions that occur in the great scheme of making contact with an object or entity.
The first accident in the scheme of the two accidents is the obvious one that causes a lot of damage to the car. Here, the car will crumple and any structural damage to the car will occur. This is the damage that everyone thinks of when they think of a car accident. This is the less dangerous part of a car accident as well because it doesn't involve the passengers of the car actually making contact with anything.
The second accident is less recognized because the two collisions come so close together that everyone thinks of a car accident as just one big accident. This collision occurs inside of the vehicle and involves mostly the passengers of the car. Here the forward momentum with which the passengers were travelling causes them to continue moving forward after the rest of the car has stopped. If unrestrained, they will keep continuing forward until another force acts upon them to stop the momentum. In car accidents, the other force is the steering wheel, the dashboard, a ceiling, the windshield, or something else in the car.
The reason this second collision occurs is because of a simple rule in physics. It is said that an object at rest will stay at rest until another force acts on it. An object in motion will stay in motion until there is another force exerted on that object. In order for a person to move in a car, the person adopts the speed and momentum of the vehicle. The vehicle hits the other car or an object and stops. But the force of the other car or the object doesn't exert force directly on the passengers. So the passengers are allowed to continue moving forward until they are stopped by a seatbelt, an air bag, or a hard part of the car.
Another side effect of the two accidents is that it makes it possible for a person to be completely thrown from a vehicle in the event of an accident if there is no windshield or seatbelt to stop the forward motion. Being thrown from the car is extremely dangerous as it exposes the person to all of the activity and friction outside of the car.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States. Over a thousand people die every year as a result of it, and not one of those individuals has to die. Moreover, many people are injured in these crashes, and a lot of property gets damaged as well. Because it is so problematic to the safety of people and property, there are many ways that the war against this public Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyer health hazard is waged.
One way is through is sobriety checkpoints. Sobriety checkpoints are checkpoints that law enforcement officers set up near areas where people are likely to be driving while impaired, such as near clubs and bars, and in residential areas on weekends. When drivers pass through the checkpoints, they may be stopped by the police, who then perform various tests on them to determine whether they are intoxicated or not.
Another method that is used to fight this reckless behavior is the ignition interlock, which is actually a breathalyzer that gets installed into a car's starting circuitry. Before the car can be started, the driver has to blow into the ignition interlock so that it can determine whether or not the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a certain, pre-specified level. If it is not, then the car starts normally; if it is, then the car will not start. To ensure that a driver does not have someone else blow into the ignition interlock, the driver of the car has to blow into the ignition interlock at set intervals while driving. If the ignition interlock finds that the driver actually does have too high of a blood alcohol content, then the car's alarm goes off and can only be stopped by police offices. Ignition interlocks have been very successful, and many states have adopted them to be installed into the cars of people convicted of driving under the influence.
A third way that drunk driving is combated is through education campaigns. For example, many organizations teach young children about why impaired driving is dangerous and what its effects are, both personal and legal. That way, from childhood people can learn the importance of avoiding this risk.
The way against reckless behavior on the road has not yet been won. But through constant effort and the refining of tactics, it has decreased significantly. Moreover, many people suffer because of other who drive while drunk. If you have been injured or have suffered because of someone else's poor choices, you may be able to secure damages.
For more information, contact the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys  Terry & Slane, P.L.L.C.