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October is Car Accident Awareness Month

October is Car Accident Awareness Month

Did you know that more car accidents happen in October than in any other month?  For this reason, October has become Car Accident Awareness Month.  According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data Survey, in 2015, Illinois experienced approximately 1,000 auto accident-related fatalities, an increase of 10% from the previous year.  

Speed is a Major Factor

Excessive speed and aggressive driving contribute to a considerable number of auto accidents and auto-related fatalities. The NHTSA, in their comprehensive annual Traffic Safety report, note for the first year, since 2006, the total number of fatalities in speed-related collisions has increased.  Last year, over 25,000 car accidents occurred where the driver was charged with a speed-related offense or where a police officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit contributed to the accident. 

Car Accidents and Injuries are Preventable

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that speeding kills about as many people each year as drunk driving. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves and objects in the road and increases the necessary time it takes to stop the vehicle. Unlike other crash factors such as drunk driving or unbelted passengers, exceeding the speed limit doesn’t have negative social consequences associated with it and, as a result, often goes overlooked as a leading factor in roadway fatalities.

Tips to Reduce Risk of Car Accidents

This October, overcome your need to speed by following these simple safety tips:

  1. Allow for plenty of time to get to your destination. By giving yourself a little wiggle room in your travels, you’re cutting down on the likelihood that you will speed.
  2. Stay calm and keep road rage in check. Don’t let another driver distract you. Make efforts to stay quiet in stressful driving situations. Allowing yourself to get angry can cause you to make careless driving mistakes in the heat of the moment.
  3. Don’t drive distracted. Texting, talking on the phone, or fidgeting with your GPS are huge distractions. These divert your focus from the task at hand and can cause you to speed up, slow down, and confuse other drivers. While driving distracted, it’s easy to go too fast, veer into another lane, or run stop signs and red lights.

This October, take steps to reduce your speed. While we all love to get where we’re going faster, we should consider the potentially deadly consequences.  If you are involved in a vehicle collision, an experienced attorney can be essential to a successful outcome in an auto accident injury case and the recovery of monetary benefits. Please come in for a free initial consultation even if you are unsure of the need for an attorney.  We handle injuries resulting from car accidents such as whiplash, back and neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Call McCarron Law Firm today at (309) 820-1010. 

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Monday, 21 October 2019