Interstate-75 was the scene of a devastating collision that started when the driver of a Honda Accord lost control of their vehicle after a tire blew out. The vehicle swerved out of control and reportedly struck a concrete median. As the vehicle was coming to a stop, it was hit by a Toyota Forerunner which overturned, landing on its roof and coming to a stop in the middle of the roadway.
While first-responders were working to get injured parties to local hospitals, including arrange life-flight transportation for the driver of the Forerunner, traffic was at a standstill. Approximately 20 minutes after the first collision, a tractor-trailer was unable to stop causing the truck to barrel into the traffic. In all, the second phase of the accident included eight vehicles, 18 occupants, three injuries and four deaths – including a three year old girl and her grandparents.
The police, who continue to investigate the accident, have analyzed blood samples from all involved and ruled out alcohol or other intoxicants as lending to this tragedy.
The severity of this crash and the overwhelming number of people involved prompted us to look at crash statistics nationwide. We turned to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts 2012 (most recent report available) to gather helpful information:
|Total registered vehicles:||265,647,194|
|· Passenger Cars:||127,091,286|
|· Light Trucks:||118,677,080|
|· Large Trucks:||10,659,380|
|Total # of crashes:||5,615,000|
|· Property Damage Only:||3,950,000|
|Number of Persons Killed:||33,561|
|Non-vehicle occupants killed:||5,692|
|Drivers by Gender:||2,941,000|
There is no doubt that these statistics are startling. Now that we know the numbers, let’s look at some defensive driving measures we can all take to lessen the probability of becoming a statistic. The National Safety Council has put together a list of defensive driving tips that may prove extremely helpful as we seek to avoid these crashes.
Defensive Driving Tips
Driving, for many of us, can become second nature. We get behind the wheel, drive to our destination, and sometimes don’t even remember the ride. It takes work to remain alert and to pay attention to your surroundings and we owe it to ourselves, our families, and everyone else on the road to be considerate, focused, engaged drivers.
With an estimated 41,000 people losing their lives and another 2.4 million suffering life-altering injuries each year as a result of car accidents, we all have to do our part to make the roads safer to travel. The attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Green know first-hand the devastation families realize as a result of these collisions and do everything possible to help the family receive compensation to cover medical expenses and continued care. Our clients are our number one priority. Let us worry about the financial considerations while you focus on the health of you and your loved ones. If you have been involved in an accident and aren’t sure where to turn, you need only make one call…that’s all. Our experts are here to help you.
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