Fatal Car Accidents
Driving defensively doesn’t guarantee that you will reach your destination alive. There are other drivers on the road, and not all of them will drive as safely as you do. There are over 6 million car accidents in the US every year. Six percent of these are fatal car accidents.
To avoid becoming a statistic, be sure to follow the following tips to stay alive:
- Wear your seat belt. Restraints don’t necessarily eliminate the risk of death in the event of a car accident. However, they do reduce the risk of suffering fatal injuries by more than 40 percent. Wearing a seat belt could mean the difference between walking away from a car accident alive, and being wheeled to the morgue.
- Avoid distractions. Smart phones and other mobile devices are ubiquitous. They allow us to carry out various tasks while on the go. However, their use should be avoided when driving. It is important to focus fully on the task of driving. Taking your attention off the road even for a second can result in a car accident that could be fatal. Paying close attention while driving will help to reduce your risk of dying in a car accident.
- Drive within the speed limit. Speed limits are intended to ensure safety on the road. Exceeding the speed limit can result in losing control of the vehicle or not being able to stop on time. A car accident at high speed will most likely result in fatal injuries.
- Driving under the influence. Avoid drinking and driving. Alcohol and drugs impair your abilities. You will be at an increased risk of crashing if you choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving in poor weather. Bad weather increases the risk of car accidents by more than 20 percent. When you have a choice, it is best to avoid driving under poor weather conditions such as severe crosswinds, blowing sand, fog, frozen roadways, heavy rainfall or snow.
- Tailgating. It can be frustrating driving behind a slow moving vehicle. However, driving too close to the vehicle in front of you is risky. Tailgating is responsible for majority of the rear-end collisions reported throughout the country. You may not be able to react in good time if the driver in front of you stops suddenly. There have also been cases of objects flying from the vehicle in front and hitting the trailing vehicle, which in turn results in a car wreck.