The most experienced drivers can find themselves involved in a car crash or collision, and even a minor fender bender can result in serious and potentially disabling injuries. Whether you are driving to and from work each day or are headed out for a road trip or vacation, you may not always be able to prevent an accident from occurring, but there are ways you can help to reduce your odds of suffering severe car accident injuries. We have assembled the following information to help you better understand the risks, while taking the steps necessary to protect you and your passengers from harm.
Reduce Your Risk Of Car Accident Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, resulting in over 30,000 fatalities each year. More than two million people suffer serious injuries in these accidents, with estimated medical costs of over $50 billion. Among the contributing factors that lead to car accidents are potentially hazardous road, traffic, and weather conditions, as well as dangerous driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, driving while under the influence, and distracted driving. While you may not be able to prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take that may help you avoid severe and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Wear Your Seatbelt
The CDC states that while using a seatbelt is the most effective way to prevent car accident injuries and fatalities, millions of drivers continue to refuse to buckle up or to require passengers to do the same. Seatbelts have the potential to cut highway traffic injuries and deaths by at least half, which is why most states have laws requiring their use. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers and passengers in moving vehicles are required to wear seatbelts at all times, and children under the age of five must be in approved child safety carriers. Unfortunately, seat belt fines are generally minor and the laws are not always aggressively enforced, something the CDC encourages states to address in order to better encourage their use among drivers.
Obey the Speed Limit
The greater the speed a driver is traveling, the less time they will have in order to react to stopped traffic or road hazards, and the greater the impact in a crash or collision. According to US News and World Reports, drivers are as much as ten percent more likely to suffer fatal or life threatening injuries in crashes when going over the speed limit. At the same time, driving below the speed limit could increase your risk of being involved in or causing an accident, as other drivers will be more likely to engage in weaving, tailgating, and improper passing in order to get by you on roads and interstates.
Practice Defensive Driving
According to the National Safety Council, practicing defensive driving is one of the best ways to avoid car accidents and injuries. You can do this by being extra careful and vigilant in terms of keeping your eyes on the road and being aware of situations around you, while avoiding dangerous driving behaviors and obeying traffic rules and regulations. By watching out for other drivers, you may be able to take actions to lessen the impact of any crash or collision that occurs. The NSC offers defensive driving courses throughout Florida, which can not only increase your driving safety, but could also lower your insurance rates.
Reach Out to Us for Help
If you or someone you care about is hurt in a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys today. At Hogan Frick Law, we can advise you on how to hold reckless or negligent drivers accountable for the injuries you suffer, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. We have offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland; call or contact us online today for a free review of your case.