Drinking & Driving Dangers – Say No to Drunk Driving

Drunk DrivingWhen driving, there is always a risk of getting into a car accident.  Driving while impaired only increases that risk.  Not only is drinking and driving against the law, it puts many lives in danger.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles data and reports on car accidents in Florida including those that involve drunk drivers.  The following are some of the findings from the 2014 data (as of 7/30/2015).

  • Florida had 344,170 traffic accidents, which included 16,873 accidents that were suspected to have involved alcohol.
  • There were 5,660 accidents that were confirmed to have involved alcohol.
  • It is suspected that 7,362 injury crashes and 11,210 injuries were the result of alcohol
  • 2,143 confirmed alcohol-related accidents were injury crashes and resulted in 3,387 injuries.

MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, provides statistics on drunk driving on a national level and here are some of the findings.

  • A person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes.
  • Two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime.
  • In 2013, 290,000 people were injured in an alcohol-related accident.
  • In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities as a result of drunk driving which equates to one every 52 minutes.
  • The highest rate of drunk drivers comes from the age group of 21 to 25.

Drunk driving is a serious danger not only to the driver but to passengers and others on the road as well.  It is clear by the statistics that injuries from car accidents can be lessened if people avoid drunk driving.  To help save lives and avoid potential injuries follow these tips to prevent drinking and driving.

  • Before going out choose someone to be the designated driver.
  • If you are the designated driver, do not drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • If your whole group has been drinking, find another form of transportation like a taxi.
  • If you notice a friend has been drinking and planning on driving home, take their keys and help them find alternate transportation.
  • If you’re throwing a party, offer your guests non-alcoholic options in case they are the designated driver.
  • If one of your party guests is unable to find alternate transportation, suggest they sleep over.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid impaired driving can help save your life as well as the lives of others on the road and help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident.    With the holiday season upon us, families and friends want to see one another safe and injury free, so say no to drunk driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please visit www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

Driving Home From College

collegedrivehomeCollege semesters are coming to an end soon, and students will be making the drive home for their winter breaks. Whether it is a short drive home or a longer one, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. In order to arrive back home safely there are several things to keep in mind before and during the drive.

College can be overwhelming and a bit stressful especially at the end of a semester with final exams and projects. Many students put off sleep to finish assignments and study. Before starting the drive home, however, it is important to get a good night’s rest. Drowsy Driving was the cause of about 72,000 car accidents and 44,000 injuries in 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tips:
• Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness.
• Carpool with friends who live nearby and take turns driving.
• Find a place to take a short nap break if necessary.

Driving home at the end of a semester brings on many distractions. Students are left wondering how they did on their final exams. They are thinking about getting home and what they are going to do over their break. Distractions also come in the form of cell phone use, texting, and adjusting the radio.  In 2013, the NHTSA found that 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured in car accidents that involved distracted driving. Drivers under the age of 20 are the largest population of distracted drivers.

Tips:
• Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
• Keep the radio down and avoid adjusting it if possible.
• Focus your full attention on the road.

Driving home from college for a much needed break is a cheerful time for students as well as the parents awaiting their arrival. Each group is excited to see the other, so it is important that the students arrive at their destination safely. Here are a few other tips to keep students safe on their drive home:

• Always wear a seat belt
• Avoid speeding
• Follow the rules of the road

Keep all of these tips in mind while driving home from college to avoid a car accident and arrive home safely.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please visit www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

Thanksgiving Travels

thanksgivingfamily-112315The holiday season brings more traffic and the potential for more car accidents.  Many people are traveling to see loved ones and share precious time together, so the roads become more congested and more precarious.  Thanksgiving is one such holiday.  According to AAA, about 46.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this year to enjoy their Thanksgiving meals.  The official travel period for Thanksgiving begins Wednesday, November 25 and continues through Sunday, November 29.  Of the 46.9 million travelers, AAA estimates that about 42 million of them will be driving their cars to get to their destinations.

The increase of drivers on the road increases the potential for car accidents and injuries.  More distractions are also present as families try to coordinate their travels, make their perfect Thanksgiving feasts, and enjoy the company of their loved ones.  It is important to stay focused while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday as it has proven to be one of the more deadly holidays for drivers.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 410 people were killed in car accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday and about 41% of those car accidents involved a drunk driver.

Thanksgiving is a time of joy and should be spent in the company of friends and family, so arriving at your destination safely is essential.  What can you do to make sure you arrive safely and avoid a car accident?

  • Be well rested before you start your journey and take breaks if necessary
  • Always wear you seat belt and make sure your passengers do as well
  • Put down any distractions, especially cell phones
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times
  • Be prepared for the increase in traffic and potential delays
  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Watch out for aggressive drivers
  • Have a designated driver if consuming alcohol
  • Follow the rules of the road

Follow these travel tips during the Thanksgiving holiday to arrive at your destination safely, enjoy the time with your family, and return home safely.

If you have been in a car accident and have related injuries, please visit www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

Dangerous Days & Times on the Road

Did you know that certain days and times are more dangerous than others for drivers? Car accidents can occur at any time, but when do the most crashes happen? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some interesting insight into this question with data from 2013.

Car Accident Injuries by Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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Friday: 258,000
Tuesday: 243,000
Wednesday: 238,000
Thursday: 234,000
Monday: 221,000
Saturday: 216,000
Sunday: 181,000

The time of day also had an effect on the number of crashes each day. Several factors may lead to crashes at different times of the day, such as more cars on the road, speeding, distracted drivers, or even tired drivers.

Car Accident Injuries by Time of Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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3pm to 6pm: 387,000
Noon to 3pm: 306,000
6pm to 9pm: 236,000
9am to Noon: 208,000
6am to 9am: 199,000
9pm to Midnight: 125,000
Midnight to 3am: 78,000
3am to 6am: 52,000

If you are unable to avoid the roads on the days and times with the most car accidents, there are other ways to maximize safety while driving. Putting away all distractions, such as cell phones, allows you to focus on the road and be aware of any potential dangers. Driving at the posted speed limit can also help reduce the chance of an accident. Wearing your seat belt is also essential when driving during the most common crash times. While the seat belt will not stop a car accident from happening, it can help to prevent possible injuries and fatalities.

If you have been in an car accident and are dealing with the related injuries, please visit http://www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

Seat Belt Safety

seat beltEvery time you get into a car it is important to wear your seat belt. Not only because it is the law, but because it could help prevent injuries and potentially save your life.  Each year thousands of lives are saved by seat belts.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, an estimated 12,584 lives among passengers age 5 and older were saved in the United States.  Of this estimate, 750 lives were saved in Florida by the use of seat belts.  An additional 2,800 lives, including 179 in Florida, could have been saved with proper seat belt use.

In order for seat belts to provide maximum safety, proper use and fit is necessary. Proper use of your seat belt can help make the difference in the event of an accident.

In order to maximize safety here are a few do’s and don’ts for seat belt use:

Don’t forget to put on your seat belt
Do wear your seat belt at all times and make sure all passengers do as well

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 87% of vehicle occupants nationwide wear their seat belts.  In the state of Florida the estimate is 88.8%.  While these percentages have slowly risen from previous years,  they suggest that many people are still going without a seat belt.

Don’t place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm
Do place the shoulder belt across your chest

Don’t place the lap belt across your stomach
Do place the lap belt low on the hips

Both the shoulder belt and the lap belt are necessary for sufficient restraint. Using one without the other does not allow for satisfactory performance of the seat belt.  Proper positioning of the seat belt is also essential for the prevention of internal injuries.  The shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt across your lower hips allows the force of collision to be spread over the body’s strongest areas, which helps to minimize possible injuries.

Don’t wear your seat belt loosely
Do make sure your belt fits closely to your body

Ensuring that your seat belt is close to the body is also important.  If your belt is too loose you are not restrained correctly and may sustain injuries from the belt itself in the event of an accident.

So remember always wear your seat belt close to your body with the shoulder belt across your chest and the lap belt low on the hips.  With improper use of the seat belt you are increasing the likelihood of injuries to the spine, abdomen, lower back, and the neck.  By following these do’s and don’ts for proper seat belt use, you are taking the necessary steps to lessen the potential of seat belt related injuries in the event of an accident.

If you have pain resulting from a seat belt related injury due to an accident, please visit us www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.