Car Accidents – How to Avoid and Prevent

July 12, 2016 by Emilia

Car Accidents – Prevention

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There are an estimated five million car accidents each year in the U.S. Of those there is an estimated 2.3 million are injured and seek medical attention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds, and someone is killed every 14 minutes. Car accidents should not be taken lightly; they are one of the deadliest events that are almost always preventable.

Cellphone use:

The use of a cell phone or handheld device while driving can significantly increase your chances of being involved in a car accident. Distracted driving accounts for over 20% of all car accidents in the U.S. each year. Don’t assume that all other drivers are paying attention while you are talking on the phone, they could be just as distracted as you are.

Speeding:

In today’s world, we are all about getting to places faster and continuing to increase our personal efficiency by doing as many things in the shortest amount of time, including driving. When you get on the road, you are taking responsibility for all of the actions you make. Speeding can make it difficult to slow down for cars in front of you, make it difficult to correct mistakes and may contribute to you losing control. Speeding accompanied with severe weather conditions can be extremely hazardous.

Staying Focused:

One of the most common causes of a car accident is that a driver was not being aware. Most rear-end collisions occur because a driver wasn’t focused. Staying focused and not letting the many distractions we have during our drives affect us too much. These distractions include passenger conversations, using the radio, eating/grooming, spacing out and much more. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor by eliminating distractions as best as you can.

Proper vehicle maintenance:

Most of us are not mechanics, but that isn’t an excuse to not have a properly functioning vehicle. It is just as irresponsible to not have your car checked out regularly as it is to be distracted while driving. Find a trustworthy mechanic with the help of your friends or reviews online will be your best bet. Scheduling regular maintenance can prevent future accidents and give you peace of mind.