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Preventing Car Accidents: June is National Safety Month!

Preventing Car Accidents: June is National Safety Month!

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 8-Jun-2017

June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council and thousands of other organizations are focusing on how to prevent accidents and reduce the leading causes of injury and death on the road, at work, and in communities. Learn more this month about preventing car accidents and helping keep the road safe for everyone.

Leading Causes of Injury

Many car accidents happen each day, and some of these accidents can be fatal. Nearly 21 preventable deaths occur each day from traffic accidents, and it is the leading cause of injury for people under 24, according to the National Safety Council. Some of the behaviors that most commonly cause auto accidents and injuries can include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting, changing music, or using a GPS device
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Drowsy driving

Inexperienced drivers can also be a risk. Young drivers should receive adequate practice and continue to drive with an adult until they are ready to drive alone. Teach your teens the dangers of driving and texting, driving while tired, speeding, and driving drunk.

Reducing Car Accidents

While you cannot control the behaviors of others on the road, you can take steps to improve your own driving habits. Changing your own behaviors can contribute to safer roads, and allow you to avoid accidents with others. Here are some actions you can take to help create safer roads.

Educate your teens. Teen drivers lack experience on the road, and can easily become involved in traffic accidents. Allow your teens to drive alone only when weather conditions are good, and drive with them when the weather is poor, it is dark, or traffic is heavy. Address the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, driving while tired, or drinking and driving. You may require your teen to limit the passengers in their car, turn off their cell phone, or take other steps to limit distractions while driving.

Never drink and drive. Avoid driving if you’ve had alcohol. Arrange to stay where you are, or plan ahead with a designated driver. Alcohol reduces your ability to react quickly, slows your movements, and can impair your ability to make safe judgements. Similarly, prescription medications, recreational drugs, and tiredness can also impair your driving.

Wear a seatbelt. Seatbelts can prevent a minor accident from causing more severe injuries, and can prevent more serious accidents from becoming deadly.

Reduce distractions. Never use your cell phone to talk, text, on check online accounts while driving. If you use your phone for navigation or a GPS device, only program your destination or route changes when stopped. Change your music when you are stopped, and wait until you have arrived to apply makeup or otherwise take your attention off the road.

Learn defensive driving strategies. Take a course on driving defensively to protect yourself on the road. Defensive driving courses can teach you to avoid hazards, react quickly to situations, and drive in a manner that allows you time and space to handle problems on the road.

Learning to protect yourself on the road can reduce your chances of an accident, but you cannot account for the actions of others. If another driver’s negligence caused your accident, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help you file your claim and prove the other party’s liability.

If you are suffering from injuries caused by a car accident, you need driven, knowledgeable representation from our Atlanta auto accident attorneys. We are dedicated to fighting for your best interests, and we offer caring, personalized client service. Contact The Weinstein Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Categories: Auto Accidents