Drivers across the United States need to be better prepared to do their part to prevent motor vehicle accidents. With more than 3,000 people being injured in car crashes every day, it is important to drive as safely as possible so you can protect not only yourself, but also your passengers and those who share the roads with you. Below, we have provided you with three fast car accident stats you need to know so you can ensure that you are driving safely:
1 in 7 People Don’t Wear a Seatbelt
Did you know that wearing your seatbelt reduces your risk of injury by nearly 45 percent? You would think that other drivers would take this seriously due to the number of car crash injuries that happen on a day to day basis, but unfortunately 1 out of every 7 people still chose not to wear a seatbelt, whether they were driving or riding as a passenger.
40% of Auto Wreck Fatalities Are Caused by Drunk Driving
For more than 20 years, the government and various organizations have pledged to do everything possible to reduce the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving. However, despite numerous efforts to educate the public about the risks of driving drunk, as many as 40 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities are caused by drunk driving.
Beyond making sure that you don’t drink and drive, you can do your part to help save lives by preventing your friends and family from getting behind the wheel when they’ve had a few too many.
1 out of 3 People Admit to Texting while Driving
With the prevalence of cell phones and mobile devices steadily increasing over the years, so have the number of injuries and deaths caused by individuals who think it’s okay to text while driving. Nearly 1 out of every 3 people has admitted to texting while driving at one point.
It isn’t just texting, either. People allow themselves to be distracted by fiddling with the radio, music on their cell phone, reaching for beverages or eating, applying make-up, reading, and a variety of other distractions.
The best ways to help stop distracted driving are to ensure that you are focused on the road when driving and to be vocal with your friends and family wherever possible about the dangers of distracted driving.
Tell them to put their phones in the back seat or to use hands free devices if it is absolutely necessary. This could reduce the number of people who are severely injured in distracted driving accidents across the country.