Fatal car accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Drug use, alcohol, lack of seat belt, and road rage have all taken their fair share of lives. On a good note, fatalities are happening less and less every few years. Getting into a collision while driving a truck has a much higher survivability chance than a motor vehicle colliding with a motorcycle. The type of vehicle, sobriety of the motorists may play a role when it comes to fatal accidents.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/overview-of-fatality-facts) says “A total of 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. These deaths occurred in 29,989 crashes involving 44,858 motor vehicles.” In 1975 44,525 people died in a car accident while in 2013 32,894 died. Safety and protection is constantly improving as technology improves. People purposely putting themselves at risk is a key factor in why so many fatalities happen every year.
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9,967 people were killed while under the influence of alcohol in 2014. That’s nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html) sadly claims “Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver”. Sobriety checkpoints typically prevent 9% of accidents. It’s no doubt that alcohol is impairing your ability to operate a motor vehicle. Instead of putting yourself and others at risk for injury or fatality, have someone else drive. Whether it’s a designated driver or calling someone to pick you up, it’s always a better option to ensure you get home safely.
According to CBS news (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/men-vs-women-who-are-safer-drivers/) “Men are 3.4 times more likely than women to get a ticket for reckless driving and 3.1 times as likely to be cited for drunk driving”. This shouldn’t be surprising since men are much more prone to road rage than women are. In contrast, women appear to have a positive image of themselves as safer drivers. While men tend to speed, race, run lights, drift, and drive more recklessly overall.
If you’re planning to drive while under any kind of alcohol or drug, don’t. If you plan to run a stop sign, well whose fault was it? If you have others in the car with you, including kids, don’t do something hasty and selfish. Make sure that everyone has the chance to get home safely. Not only the victims of the fatal collision are included, but the families and friends of those lost will grieve wondering what they could’ve done differently. Be safe.
If a loved one, child, wife or husband was killed in a deadly car, truck, motor vehicle accident then contact Rhode Island wrongful death attorney, David Slepkow 401-437-1100. A RI wrongful death lawyer can help the family get justice and compensation as a result of a fatal car accident.
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