Fatal Car Accidents on the RiseMarch 13, 2019
Car accidents are the nation’s number one cause of fatal injuries. In fact, accidental fatalities due to car accidents have totaled 40,000 for the last four years. While 2018 saw a slight drop from the year before, the average is still 14 percent higher than it had been four years ago. The statistic is surprising considering the increase of safety features that manufacturers have diligently been adding to their cars.
Rearview cameras, accident prevention features, and road condition warnings have all become standard in many cars. Unfortunately, most accidents are due to driver error, which is hard to prevent. Drunk driving, teen negligence, and failure to familiarize yourself with your car’s safety features have been reported as major factors in fatal car accidents. The National Safety Council (NSC) has compiled a comprehensive list of tips that drivers can follow to help prevent accidents and keep the road safe.
Defensive driving includes simple precautions, such as buckling up, only driving when you are alert, and avoiding texting, taking phone calls, and playing with navigation systems while driving. Many states have outlawed texting while driving. Yet, 1.6 million accidents each year are due to texting while driving, according to the NSC.
Drugged and Drunk Driving
Drunk driving can be a felony with severe sentences, such as revoking driving rights and even jail time. Yet, it remains a huge problem. Fatalities attributed to drunk driving are the cause of nearly one-third of all fatal car accidents. Prescription drugs are also a huge problem on the roads. Before you take medication and drive, check the bottle of your prescription for warnings. Recognize the symptoms of drugged driving in others.
Monitor Teen Driving Habits
Car accidents are the number one cause of fatality for teens. Not only are teens still learning to drive, they are also more likely to practice irresponsible driving habits. Teens are four times more likely to get in car accidents while texting or using a cell phone than adults. Statistics also show that teens are liable to be distracted when there are more passengers in the car. According to an online source, teens who text while driving reduce their brain activity by 37 percent. In addition, teens who reported texting were more like to ride with a drunk driver and less likely to wear their seat belt. It is up to parents to monitor their teen’s driving habits.
Vehicle Safety Features and Recalls
Many manufacturers are improving the safety features of their car. Several websites educate drivers on the advanced safety features available in their car, while others notify you of any safety recalls. While all these tips can help make the road a safer place, traffic accidents still happen. It is necessary to educate yourself on the all the latest features in your vehicle and always practice safe driving on the road.
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