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Factors In Car Accidents

Traffic fatalities are on the rise both nationally and in Florida. We covered the statistics in a previous blog post.

It should be very concerning to all Floridians that the Sunshine State ranks 3rd in total number of fatal crashes and 2nd in percentage increase since the beginning of 2015, according to data estimates from the National Safety Council and the number is only going up.

Why are the number of crashes increasing? According National Safety Council, the reason for an increase in traffic fatalities is due to cheaper gas prices and a strengthening economy, which means more cars of the road, which leads to more crashes.

The biggest risk factors for fatal crashes involve:

  1. Drinking and Driving
  2. Speeding
  3. Not Wearing a Seatbelt
  4. Texting While Driving

The National Safety Council recommends that drivers make sure all passengers wear seat belts, designate an alcohol free driver on nights out, get enough sleep before driving, and never ever use cell phones while driving. Government officials can also help by passing common sense laws that increase safety and rejecting ideas like increasing speed limits.

One of the best ways to decrease traffic fatalities in a large segment of society is to recognize the dangers of cell phones while driving. Unfortunately, this dangerous habit has become accepted and the norm in our society even though 98% of adults recognize that the practice is unsafe.

Below are horrifying statistics that convey the dangerousness of cell phones while driving.

  1. 9 Americans are killed every day from car accidents that involve distracted driving, such as using a cell phone, texting or eating.
  2. 1 in 4 is the probability that a car accident involved someone using a cell phone while driving.
  3. There is a 40% probability that a car crash involved a cell phone.
  4. 33% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 64 reported reading or writing text messages while driving.
  5. On average, drivers take their eyes off the road for 5 seconds to send a text message
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