Resolve to Reduce your Risk of a Carolina Car Accident in 2012

Our Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers wish each of you and enjoyable, productive and prosperous 2012. And we urge you to make safer driving a part of your New Year’s resolutions.

Winston-Salem car accidents are a leading cause of death for those under the age of 34. And, while teenagers and senior citizens are most at risk, we all face risks every time we get in our car, ride a bike or walk down the street. 1367912_idyllic_autumn_street_scenery.jpg

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic injury in the United States. The good news is that there is much you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in a serious or fatal accident. Already this week a newspaper delivery man was rescued from Ashe County creek after a car accident sent his vehicle plunging into the icy waters, according to the Winston Salem Journal.

As we reported recently on our Carolina Car Accident Blog, the number of fatal car accidents in North Carolina increased in 2010, even as the nation saw a significant decline in the overall number of traffic fatalities. All in all, more than 2,300 motorists died on North and South Carolina roads in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Leading causes for fatal motor vehicle accidents include:

-Drunk Driving
-Aggressive Driving
-Distracted Driving
-Intersection Accidents
-Bicycle Accidents
-Pedestrian Accidents
-Motorcycle Accidents

The good news is that the vast majority of these accidents can be prevented. The bad news is the responsibility typically rests with the at-fault driver more than it does the victim. Thus, we must all do our part in reducing the risks for everyone on the road.

Speeding, drunk driving, aggressive driving and distracted or inattentive driving are all easily preventable. And most accidents involving bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcycles are the fault of the driver. Failure to yield is a leading cause, but speeding and drunk driving also play a role.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports 32,885 motorists died on the nation’s roads in 2010. The feds want to focus on the fact that it’s the lowest accident total since1949. However, far too many motorists are killed on the nation’s roads each year. Ninety people a day are killed in traffic accidents.

Somewhere in the United States someone dies in a motor vehicle accident every 15 minutes.

Our Wintson-Salem car accident attorneys encourage you to check your insurance policy as the new year begins. Ensure that you have as much coverage as you can afford. Uninsured motorist coverage can also be vital in the wake of an accident with a hit-and-run driver or a driver who is uninsured or underinsured.

Over the next several days we are going to publish a series of blogs on the most common causes of serious and fatal accidents in the Carolinas and elsewhere. We encourage you to check back, both here and on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog for more information.

An informed 2012 is a safer 2012. And we encourage you to be particularly proactive when it comes to talking to teenagers and the senior citizens in your life about the importance of safe driving.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:
Newspaper Delivery Man Rescued After Accident in Ashe County, By Monte Mitchell, Winston-Salem Journal, Jan. 3, 2012.

More Blog Entries:
North Carolina Teen Drivers Urged to Drive Safely During the Holidays to Avoid a Car Accident in Gastonia, Elsewhere, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, December 12, 2011.

Personal Stories of Distracted Driving in Asheville Car Accident and Elsewhere Revealed in PSA Message, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, November 23, 2011.

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