Car Safety




Car Safety

The Federal Bureau of Transportation received over 6.3 million car accident reports in 2003 alone. Of these reported car accidents, nearly two million people suffered injuries and over 38,000 people lost their lives.

Car accidents are a major threat to consumers in the United States. As the roads and highways become increasingly crowded, car safety is more important than ever. 

These and other car safety tips can prevent accidents and keep adults and children safe on the roads. 

 

Car Safety Tips

1.  Inspect your vehicle frequently and before long trips. Many hazardous vehicle conditions are maintenance issues that can be easily detected and corrected.Worn tires, engine leaks, bad brakes, and malfunctioning lights compromise car safety. It is important to keep your vehicle well maintained. 

2.  Use seat belts and child safety seats. Car safety statistics indicate that using lap/shoulder safety belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury in an accident by 45 percent and moderate injury by 50 percent. Child car safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 47 to 69 percent. 

3.  Avoid distractions.  While driving may seem second nature after years of experience on the road, one should always focus on the road while driving. Many car safety advocates recommend not using a cell phone in the car, or opting for a hands-free device.  Looking forward and anticipating changes in the road or driving conditions is crucial to car safety. Keeping both hands on the wheel allows you to react quicker when necessary. 

4.  Stay aware. Studies show that tired drivers have the same delayed reaction and impaired judgment as drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Pull off the road to rest if you are extremely tired. Also, always stay aware of who you are sharing the road with. Always watch out for motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians in the vicinity. 

5.  Stay sober. This car safety measure is extremely important.  Not only does drunk driving have a myriad of adverse legal consequences, it is also extremely dangerous to yourself and others. Over 40 percent of car accidents involve a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

6.  Adapt to changing conditions. While all roads have a posted speed limit, car safety means driving at a safe speed in response to road and weather conditions. Fatal accidents are four times more likely to occur at night than in the day. It is crucial at night to become more aware of other vehicles and pedestrians. Fog, smoke, heavy rain, snow, and ice, may require slower speeds and extra precautions to maintain car safety. 

If you do get in an accident, it is important to stay calm, make sure that everyone is safe, and call for assistance (ambulance and/or police). All pertinent facts about the accident should be collected for future insurance and legal proceedings. If you would like to learn more about car safety or vehicle accidents, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney in your area. 

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