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Avoid a Car Accident Fatality

Posted on in Personal Injury

In 2014, just over 3,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in California. To avoid becoming a fatality statistic, consider the following tips to reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident.

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

882 of the fatal crashes, in 2014, involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher. This is almost thirty percent of the fatal crashes in California.

In 2013, almost a third of all California drivers killed tested positive for drugs.

Therefore, it is important to avoid driving if you are under the influence. Make a plan to have a designated driver. Call for a taxi if you are unable to drive home safely.

Buckle Up

Buckling up won't prevent a car accident, but it will make it more likely everyone in the accident survives. It will lower the severity of injuries as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 65 of the 470 unrestrained fatalities that occurred in California would not have been fatalities had the person been buckled. The simple act of buckling up can save a life. Be sure to buckle children properly as well. Use the correct car seat for their age and size.

Avoid Distractions

According to the NHTSA, over 3000 Americans were killed due to distracted driving in 2013. Avoid texting or talking on the cell phone when driving. By keeping your focus on the road, you will be able to react to a potential accident and avoid it.

Appropriate Speed

Driving too fast is a common cause of serious accidents. In fact, speeding was a factor in almost 30 percent of car accident deaths. Driving at a high-speed allows you less reaction time and results in an increased braking distance. Therefore, it is hard to avoid an accident. The speed also means the accident is likely to be more catastrophic.

If you have been involved in a car accident, avoid settling with the insurance company. If the driver of the car was under the influence, distracted or speeding, you deserve appropriate compensation for your injuries. Contact us to learn how we can help you achieve the settlement you deserve.

 

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