Approximately 40,000 people died in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, with three of the major causes of fatalities on the road are alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. Impaired driving is considered operating a vehicle while drunk, drugged, fatigued and/or distracted.
At Foley & Foley, we understand how all of these driving behaviors are dangerous, as well as preventable. It is up to you to our Palmyra car accident attorneys and you to put an end to impaired driving and reduce its deadly consequences.
The following are four ways to promote safety on the road:
- Practice defensive driving. Remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out on the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have potential escape routes in mind. Stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you at slower speeds, and maintain a bigger buffer zone with faster speeds.
- Encourage employers to take action. Millions of Americans driver as part of their job duties. While some are professionally trained to drive, many are not. If a job does not mainly involve driving, the employee typically does not receive the same safety management others may get. Employers must manage the safety of employees operating vehicles, just as they manage other risks found in the workplace.
- Minimize distractions. Distracted driving has become a serious epidemic in the United States. While a poll by the National Safety Council indicates that 80% of drivers in the U.S. incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld device. Whether it is hands-free or handheld, distracted driving is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.
- Educate teen drivers. For teens who are learning how to drive, car accidents are the leading cause of death because of their inexperience. They struggle with judging gaps in traffic, driving the correct speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in New York, contact our Palmyra personal injury attorney at Foley & Foley today.