The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2013. According to the statistical projection approximately 7,200 people died in automobile accidents in the first quarter of 2013.
Our Greensboro car accident attorneys believe it is their duty to inform the public of the dangers of automobile accidents and provide safety tips.
Based on historic data, the first quarter of the year is often the lowest in terms of traffic related fatalities. The number of people who died in motor vehicle crashes may rise by as much as one thousand from one quarter of the year to the next.
It is also important to remember that these numbers are still preliminary and final results will be released at a later date.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has maintained fatality data going back to the year 1975. The data used in this analysis is obtained from a variety of sources including: Federal Highway Administration, NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), and Monthly Fatality Counts (MFC).
The data in these reports includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The criteria to qualify as an incident in FARS is fairly specific.
First a crash must include an automobile that is traveling on a roadway. The incident must result in the fatality of at least one individual (that individual can be an occupant or nonoccupant) and the fatality must occur within 30 days of the crash.
Due to the high number of traffic fatalities all individuals should practice defensive driving and avoid distractions
Edmunds.com provides safety advice including the following:
1. Avoid the fast lane – when driving on a multi-lane road it is preferable to use the right or center lane. This allows more escape routes in the event that a problem suddenly arises. In the center lane you are able to go either left or right to a different lane and in the right lane you often have the option of veering left into another lane or right onto the shoulder.
2. Continually scan the road ahead – You should not limit yourself to just watching the car directly in front of you. Instead you should also watch the traffic in front of that vehicle. Scanning the roadway increases the chances that you will notice a dangerous situation and have enough to time to react appropriately.
3. Beware of blind spots – side mirrors and review mirrors are fantastic ways to get an idea of what’s going on behind you but be sure to glance at lanes directly beside you to avoid missing something in the blind spot of your mirrors. You should also consider the blind spots of other vehicles around you. For example large trucks often have significant blind spots and you should avoid staying in a truck’s blind spot for extended periods of time.
4. Always driver with your hands in the “9 and 3 o’clock” position – this position maximizes your ability to control the vehicle in case you are forced to execute a quick maneuver.
There are many other important tips to safe driving. For a more extensive list, interested readers should refer to the tips on Edmunds.com.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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