According to Forbes, drivers become involved in motor vehicle collisions and make insurance claims an average of once every 17.9 years. Car crashes happen to almost everyone at some point in their lives, with some crashes much more serious than others.
Although car crashes are common, they don’t have to be inevitable. Many crashes are caused by drivers who make careless decisions. If you are the victim of a crash caused by the negligence of another driver, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer for help taking legal action to recover compensation. If you are the one behind the wheel, be sure that you are making the right choices to avoid hurting yourself or others.
Resolve to Avoid Atlanta Car Accidents This Year
Now that 2015 has arrived, many people are making New Year’s resolutions. This year, consider making a resolution to avoid some of the most dangerous driving behaviors. By making a few simple promises and sticking to them throughout the year, you can significantly reduce the chances of getting into crash. To help stay safe all year long, you should resolve to:
- Always keep your attention on the road. In the United States, there are nine people killed each day on average in car crashes that are caused by distracted drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are also another 1,153 people killed every single day as a result of distracted driving. To avoid contributing to this problem and to lower your accident risk, resolve to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your focus on your driving.
- Always drive at a safe speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has indicated that around 30 percent of car accident deaths in the United States involve people who are driving their cars too fast. Speeding-related crashes occur not just when you go over the limit but also when you operate your vehicle at a speed that is not safe for current weather conditions. Slow down this year- especially if the weather is bad.
- Never drink and drive. CNN reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged lawmakers to reduce the permissible blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05. By the time you have had enough to drink to reach the legal limit, your crash risk has been significantly increased. People who have consumed alcohol have their judgment impaired, experience delayed reflexes and are not able to stay focused on the road. You should try to avoid driving after having had even one or two drinks if you want to maximize road safety this year.
- Stop aggressive driving. Aggressive driving includes things like following behind other drivers too closely and unsafe passing. Many people get impatient and engage in these behaviors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that around 67 percent of survey respondents said the aggressive driving behavior of other motorists had made them feel unsafe at some point over the past year. You shouldn’t be one of these aggressive drivers that endangers others.
By making a resolution to stop these dangerous driving behaviors, hopefully you can have a safe 2015 without any crashes or close calls on the road. While you remain at risk if other drivers make unsafe choices, at least you aren’t a part of the problem with road safety in Atlanta.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.