Vehicle accidents are quite common. According to a press release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, the number of traffic fatalities rose sharply in 2015 and over several previous years. According to the statistics, more than 35,000 people died in the United States in 2015 due to traffic accidents. This is up more than 7% over 2014. This alarming statistic prompted the U.S. Transportation Secretary to issue a statement and call to action to analyze the problem and reduce the number of serious accidents with injuries and fatalities.

Reasons for Car Accidents
Vehicle accidents happen for various reasons. Some of the most common causes of crashes include:

● Distracted Driving
● Speeding
● Impaired Driving
● Inclement Weather Conditions
● Road Rage
● Failure to Obey Traffic Signals and Signs

Although there are improved safety features in vehicles, the number of fatal accidents increased. Distracted driving due to the use of cell phones is a major concern. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can be the same as driving the length of several football fields with your eyes closed. Another problem arises when drivers or passengers fail to wear their seatbelts.

Common Vehicle Accident Injuries
Many accidents are minor in nature and drivers luckily escape without any physical injuries. However, serious injuries are common in vehicle crashes, especially those that occur on highways. Injuries may range from minor scrapes and bruises to severe medical trauma. Some of the most common types of injuries that occur due to vehicle accidents are:

● Broken Bones
● Head Injuries
● Whiplash
● Back and Neck Injuries
● Spinal Cord Damage
● Internal Injuries

Some injuries can be healed with medical treatment while others may be disabling. For example, a severe head injury could result in traumatic brain injury, TBI, which may require lifelong treatment and care.

Preventing Car Accidents
Steps can be taken to reduce the number of car accidents. Vehicle accident prevention training helps to make drivers aware of their need to remain vigilant while behind the wheel. Drivers of all ages and experience levels could benefit from review of driver rules and guidelines. Here are some important reminders for drivers:

● Do Not Text While Driving
● Obey Traffic Signs
● Drive At The Speed Limit
● Do Not Drive While Impaired
● Always Wear Seatbelts
● Slow Down During Poor Weather Or Road Conditions
● Drive Defensively
● Do Not Allow Yourself To Engage In Road Rage

It is helpful to review the rules of the road periodically to ensure that you are in compliance. Make certain that other drivers in your family are properly trained and understand how to drive defensively. Do not allow loved ones to use their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, serious accidents and injuries do happen. If you or a loved one is the victim of a vehicle accident it is important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to schedule a consultation today.


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