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
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
- Distracted driving, such as texting, changing music, or using a GPS device
- Drunk driving
- 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,
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