The National Safety Council (NSC) is concluding that we’ve already seen a near 12 percent increase in the number of fatal car accidents in Vero Beach and elsewhere during the first three months of this year in comparison to the same numbers at this time in 2011.
In 2011, there were about 7,300 traffic accident fatalities through January to March. During the same time this year, we’ve already seen nearly 8,200. The increase worries officials but they’re working diligently to pinpoint the cause.
Some point to the total of vehicle miles driven for the increase. Drivers in our country have contributed to quite an increase in the number of miles driven since December of 2011. Another reason, experts believe, may be the improving economy. As our economy continues to recover, drivers feel a little more comfortable spending at the pump and hitting the open road.
Our Vero Beach car accident attorneys understand that the increase in accident fatalities predicts what we have to look forward to the rest of the year. Unfortunately, that’s not good news. Luckily, it’s not too late to help to reduce these risks. Drivers are asked to be cautious behind the wheel and to plan ahead before heading out on summer road trips to help to make travel as safe as possible.
Lastly, researchers believe that the three-month increase that’s already been recorded this year just might be a product of the mild winter season we saw. With less weather chaos, drivers may have felt more comfortable hitting the road to their winter destinations. As with all travel, an increase results in increased risks for accidents.
“The Council will be keeping a close eye on our monthly traffic fatality estimates to discern if this increase is just a temporary blip,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC.
These accidents are tough. Not only do they take our loved ones from us, but they’re quite costly too! Fatal car accidents account for a significant cost in medical expenses, lost wages and productivity, employer costs, administrative expenses and property damage. In 2011, just injuries and damaged property resulted in about $260 billion.
Safe Driving Tips from the NSC to help to reverse the current trend:
-Always wear a seat belt.
-Never drive under the influence of alcohol of drugs.
-Keep your focus on the road and avoid engaging in distractions.
-Practice defensive driving habits.
-Avoid aggressive driving. Stay calm at the wheel.
-Leave early for your destination to avoid speeding.
-Make sure your vehicle is in good working order before you set out.
-Keep your gas tank at least half full.
-Be cautious when driving during evening hours.
-Avoid driving at night. Be careful if you must.
-Figure out directions before heading out.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident in Vero Beach, in Fort Lauderdale or in any of the surrounding areas, the Broward personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you understand your rights. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-561-7777.
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