When gas prices go up, traffic accidents go down. Conversely, when gas prices go down, traffic accidents go up. According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths were up 14 percent nationally in the first six months of 2015 and injuries from traffic accidents were up by a third.
According to TampaBay.com, nearly 19,000 people across the country lost their lives in traffic accidents through June 2015 and more than 2.2 million were seriously injured in traffic accidents. Sadly, this number will only increase because July and August are typically two of the highest months for traffic deaths. If the trend continues, traffic deaths this year could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007.
According to the report, 1,441 people died in traffic accident in Florida alone in the first six months of this year. During the same time last year, there were 1,114 traffic deaths. Why the increase? The report indicates that speed and distraction are two components. Increasing speed limits and cellphone and text messaging use have played a role in fatal traffic accidents around the world.
To help ensure safety, the National Safety Council recommends drivers take the following steps:
- Make sure every passenger buckles up on every trip
- Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arranging alternate transportation
- Get plenty of sleep and taking regular breaks to avoid fatigue
- Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free
- Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits. Teens are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers.
- Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them.
In my personal injury practice, I see so many traffic accidents occurring at intersections. Therefore, I would add to the above-listed recommendations to pay closer attention to other vehicles when approaching intersections.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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