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The 3 Preventable Behaviors that are Responsible for Most Car Accidents

Jason Reese

Synopsis

  • 6 million: The average number of car accidents in the U.S. every year.
  • 3 million: The number of people in the U.S. who are injured every year in car accidents.
  • The amount of lives lost in car accidents every day.
  • A motor vehicle collision, most commonly called a car accident here in Indiana, happens when a vehicle collides with either another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or even a stationary obstruction, such as a tree, light pole or building structure.
  • Too many of these accidents often result in tragic injuries, death, and property damage … even though preventable.
  • By three simple rules such as 1) not using a mobile device while driving, 2) never driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol and 3) avoiding risky driving choices like speeding or running red lights, drivers can greatly reduce their risk from being involved in a serious or deadly wreck.

Prevent A Car Accident by Following These Three Simple Rules

Every single day, people are hurt or even killed due to an accident directly related to poor driving choices. Avoid being one of them by following these three simple safe driving rules.

  1. Get Off Your Phone

Mobile devices are involved in more than 1.5 million crashes a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. And while one would hope for common sense to prevail, it’s going to take a lot more than that to stop drivers from using their cellphone on the roadways. The last thing drivers should be doing is spending time on their phone while behind the wheel, especially since distracted driving remains a major culprit behind thousands of Indiana car accidents every year, some fatal. In fact, reading just one text message will keep a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, enough time to run a traffic light or not see a pedestrian crossing the road. Law enforcement officials agree that if the distracted driving trend continues, it will surpass deaths from DUI in the next two years.

  1. Never Drive Drunk

In 2016, 178 people were killed throughout Indiana because of drunk driving. Pledge to yourself to never drink and drive or get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. It doesn’t take a lot for the effects of alcohol to impact decision making skills. In fact, a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. If you plan to drink away from home and need transportation, designate a sober driver before you leave, hop in a cab, or use a ride sharing app like Uber or Lyft at the end of your night.

  1. Avoid Risky Driving Choices

Even if you are in a rush, it’s best to resist the acceleration urge and stay within the legal limits. Teen drivers engage in the riskiest driving behaviors like speeding, the second most common cause of accidents. Other bad driving choices that induce accidents include running red and yellow lights, running stop signs, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, not keeping a safe distance for merging or changing lanes, misjudging gaps in traffic and misjudging the capability of vehicles.

We Want You and Your Family Safe

If you have suffered injuries as a result of dangerous driver or have been involved in an accident resulting in the death of a loved one, we can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and to cover lost wages. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won.

Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your car accident claim with years of experience and proven results. Complete and submit the online form and our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.

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