Driving is probably an integral part of your daily routine, especially for those who live in Louisiana. Understanding and being aware of the risks of driving, such as how and what are the most prevalent causes of injury or death, may help keep your mind on the road. For example, knowing that 25% of drivers who were involved in a car accident were on their cellphone just before the crash may motivate you to leave your phone alone while behind the wheel.
Don’t become a statistic
To many people, driving is second nature and part of everyday life. Unfortunately, the mundane route to work could result in injury or even death due to a traffic accident. Over half of the fatal car crashes in the U.S. involve a single vehicle. Despite only about 20% of the population living in rural areas of the country, the rural areas account for 50% motor vehicle accidents resulting in death. Moreover, over 50% of the fatal accidents on the roadway worldwide are fatalities associated with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
How to focus on the road ahead
Putting down a distracting device will improve your focus on the road as reading or sending a text takes your eyes off the road for driving the equivalent length of a football field. Nearly half of the population does not consider going 10 mph over the speed limit as speeding, yet increasing your speed by 10 mph increases the likelihood of a vehicle accident by almost 10%. In addition, nearly 15% of fatal crashes occur on wet pavement. Increasing your focus and attention on the road at all times but especially during times of adverse weather may reduce your crash risk.
What happens after a fatal accident?
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it may be necessary to reach out to a personal injury attorney. The attorney may be able to help you through the legal process associated with pursuing compensation for your losses.