If you have been in an accident, it is easy to get upset, angry and confused. When you are in a car accident, you are at the mercy of others who may or may not care for you. That is why you must take precautionary measures to avoid the possibility of getting in a wreck. Fortunately, there are some ways you can protect yourself from getting into an auto accident, no matter what type of vehicle you drive.
Single-vehicle crashes account for 55 percent of fatalities
Single-vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities in the USA. The fatality rate for these crashes was 11.7 per 100,000 people. In addition, single-vehicle crashes account for 55 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States.
A number of factors affect the number of road accidents and traffic fatalities in the USA. These include topography, weather, road conditions, types of vehicles, drivers, and more. One of the main behavioral causes of fatal collisions is driving under the influence of alcohol. Another leading cause of collisions is speeding.
Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk for car accidents. These young individuals account for a high percentage of all road fatalities. Approximately one in every 10 young people who die in a car accident is drunk at the time of the crash.
Stop-sign intersections pose a danger
Stop-sign intersections aren’t exactly the most fun places to be. The number of crashes, accidents, and fatalities is staggering. To make matters worse, many of these accidents are avoidable with a little bit of pre planning and caution. This is where a good intersection design should come into play. A well-designed intersection can improve pedestrian safety and ease the dreaded commute. It’s also where you’ll find the road rage that plagues so many Americans.
There’s no shortage of studies and anecdotes highlighting the importance of the proper use of the stop-sign, but the truth is that most drivers aren’t aware of the proper protocol. In addition, most drivers aren’t disciplined enough to follow the right lane. So it’s up to the city to make sure that the rules of the road are well-maintained.
Teens are more likely to downplay dangerous situations
Teenagers may face numerous challenges on the road, including distractions, speeding, driving under the influence, and a host of other risky behaviors. But the good news is there are proven strategies to help young drivers become safer drivers.
The number one cause of fatal motor vehicle crashes for teens is speed. Teens are prone to overspeeding in many ways, and excessive speed is a contributing factor in over a quarter of all fatal crashes. Moreover, a lack of experience behind the wheel can make it difficult for a teenager to react correctly in an accident.
The latest statistics show that the number of teenage drivers on the roads has increased dramatically. In 2012, nearly a million teenagers had a driver’s license. Moreover, nearly 60% of teenagers got their drivers’ license before the age of 18.
Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45%
One of the most important safety measures available for drivers and passengers is seat belts. Research shows that they reduce the risk of death by 45% and serious injury by 50%.
Seatbelts are the best way to protect yourself in a car accident. They are designed to distribute the force of an impact over the strongest bones of the body. They can help prevent fatal injuries to the head and other sensitive regions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelts saved over 15,000 lives in the U.S. in 2018. In addition to reducing the risk of death and injury, they save money on vehicle insurance.
Non-traffic fatalities account for 900 to 1,900 deaths annually
While it is estimated that 900 to 1,900 people die each year from non-traffic related deaths in the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to determine exactly how many of those fatalities are related to vehicles. Although the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, has been developed to examine motor vehicle crash data, it does not include non-traffic related fatalities.
In 2020, NHTSA estimated that 42,915 motor vehicle deaths took place in the U.S. This translates into an increase of 10.5% from the previous year. However, the corresponding death rate was up 21 percent.
COVID-19 pandemic causes increased deaths
The United States saw a significant increase in deaths in car accidents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 350,831 COVID-19 deaths occurred in the country in 2020. Compared to the previous year, deaths increased 0.82%.
This is an improvement from the 1.4 million additional deaths in 2021. There were two main reasons for this. First, the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the CDC increased. Second, the number of deaths linked to case surveillance reports was also higher.
Although this is not the only example of the COVID-19’s impact on mortality, the data is impressive. It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and exceeds all other causes, except heart disease.