As we head into the summer vacation season — typically a time when there are more motorists on the roads — it is prudent to remain proactive about your safety, whether you are a driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle.
Remaining aware of the dangers you face on the highways and streets can keep you safer. Below are three driving statistics that motorists should keep in mind year-round.
1. Most accidents are related to speeding.
Approximately a third of all traffic accident deaths occurred because at least one driver was going too fast. Keep in mind, too, that you can drive too fast without ever exceeding the posted speed limits if the weather and driving conditions are poor.
2. Teenage drivers have higher rates of collisions than all other drivers.
It’s exciting for teens to try out their newly minted drivers’ licenses as they head out on the highway. But that first year of driving after getting licensed is the riskiest because the teens behind the wheel have little experience driving. They may panic and hit the brakes too hard, go into a skid or fail to negotiate tricky curves.
3. Pedestrians remain most vulnerable in wrecks.
Unfortunately, the last decade has seen almost a 30% uptick in traffic deaths of pedestrians. Engaging with cellphones while walking, wearing earbuds and much quieter vehicles all are contributing factors to the deadly increase. Pedestrians must remain vigilant as they walk and drivers must do all they can to avoid auto-pedestrian accidents.
Seek legal guidance after an accident with injuries
If you have been injured in an accident with a negligent driver, learn about your options to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.