The increase in car accidents is alarming to anyone who works in this industry. While the number of fatal car accidents had been decreasing every year for decades, in recent years it has started an upwards trend again. While some accidents are truly that – accidents – and cannot be prevented, the truth is that two of the main causes of serious car accidents are 100% preventable.
Keep reading to find out what these causes are and how you can prevent becoming a victim. If you are injured in a car accident, or a loved one has lost their life in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal case evaluation.
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving Accidents
We have written about this topic in our blog many times and we will continue to do so as long as it remains one of the top causes of car accidents in California. Just how serious is the issue? According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, more than 3,100 died in distracted driving accidents in 2017 alone – and the numbers have been rising every year. Even taking your eyes off the road for one second can put your life – and the lives of others on the road – at risk.
It is true that the bad news is that distracted driving takes thousands of lives every year. The good news is that this is entirely preventable cause of an accident. Do not believe what others do – that you can take your eyes from the road for “just a minute.” Do not check your cell phone. It not only distracts you for the moments you are looking at it, it is also a physical distraction and a cognitive one. It is not safe to use your cellphone in any way while you are driving – period.
The sad truth is that a person is killed an average of every 48 minutes somewhere in the United States due to a drunk driving accident. In 2017, more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents throughout the country. Remember that many of these drivers did not think they were drunk – they would have more likely described themselves as “buzzed.” Unfortunately, buzzed driving impacts driving ability too and is dangerous.
If you are going out and plan to have even one drink, have a plan to get home. Designate a friend to be the sober driver, drink at a place within walking distance, or call a cab or Uber. It may seem excessive but drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable if no one gets behind the wheel after drinking.
If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in an accident, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We are here to help you find the best legal option to move forward.