In terms of car accidents, the last few years have been brutal. In the first 9 months of 2016, the National Safety Council announced that 19,100 people had already lost their lives in motorcycle and car accidents. In less than a year, crash-related injuries and deaths cost the American people an estimated $205 billion.
The year before, in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, reported 35,092 crash-related fatalities, a 7.2-percent increase from 2014, and the most significant jump in decades.
Over this same period, motorcycle deaths grew by 8.3-percent nationwide. According to the NHTSA, 382 more motorcyclists died in 2015 than in 2014. This was the highest total number of motorcycle-related fatalities since 2012.
The 2017 crash statistics aren’t out yet, but there’s no reason to think they’ll be any better. This is a serious problem, one that isn’t easy to solve. What should we do? What can you do to avoid a potentially deadly car accident?
Most of us need to drive. We have to get from A to B, and in many parts of the country, driving a car or motorcycle is the best way to do that. So, we can’t simply avoid driving altogether. What else?
The short answer is that you need to stay vigilant, follow the law, and avoid distractions. The long answer, as always, is more complicated, but hinges on our ability to do three things:
We already looked at the alarming statistics from the past few years about what the problem is, now let’s look at why they occur. Here are some of the most common causes of accidents in the U.S., according to the NHTSA’s auto fatality reporting system:
Today, more than ever before, people drive distracted. You’ve seen them. People who spend more time looking at their phones than the road. Drivers who eat, sing, and even read while they’re behind the wheel. Don’t be these people. Pay attention, follow the law, and control your temper.
You know what the problem is and why it exists. Now it’s time to talk about how to solve it.
Yes, you can stop texting while you drive, but that’s not enough – more has to be done. Here are ways you can help create change:
The rise in motorcycle and car accidents should concern everyone. By implementing these suggestions, motorcyclists can live longer and safer lives. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, car accident, or truck accident in South Florida, the experienced Miami personal injury attorneys at Shaked Law can help. Call 877-529-0080 today to arrange a free consultation.