According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, traffic collisions are still the leading cause of death for Americans.
From 1987 to 2011, there were more than 1,030,000 people killed on our country’s roadways. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation report that there were close to 32,500 people killed in car accidents in 2011. Although this represents the lowest number of traffic accident fatalities since 1949, it still shows we have a long way to go. In 2011, there was an average of 89 people killed each day on U.S. roadways.
Our Boca Raton accident lawyers understand that a majority of car accidents are actually completely preventable. Most accidents are caused by driver misbehavior. To get a closer look, officials talked with close to 4,000 drivers who were 16-years-old and older about their habits behind the wheel.
Important findings in the recent AAA report:
-Roughly a fifth of drivers have been involved in a serious car accident.
-About one out of every eight drivers has been seriously injured in a traffic accident.
-About a third of drivers have a relative or a close friend who has been severely injured or killed in a traffic accident.
-Drunk driving is one of the top causes for car accidents. It’s estimated that about a third of all traffic accidents involve an intoxicated driver. About 15 percent of surveyed drivers say they’ve driven while intoxicated in the last month.
-Distracted driving is on the rise. Cell phone use by drivers is causing thousands of fatalities each and every year. While we preach anti-distraction messages, about 70 percent of surveyed drivers say they’ve used a cell phone behind the wheel at least once in the last month.
-Your speed can increase your risks for an accident. About half of all surveyed drivers say that they’ve exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph at least once in the last month.
-Most all drivers would say that it’s dangerous to run a red light, yet about 40 percent admit that they’ve done it themselves at least once in the last month.
-Sleepy driving is a big no-no, according to most drivers, yet about a third of surveyed drivers say that they’ve nodded off in the driver’s seat at least once in the last year.
-Seat belts can save lives, and most drivers know this. Still, about a fourth of drivers report that they’ve driven without buckling up at least once in the last month.
It’s apparent that drivers practice “do as I say, not as I do”. This means that they’re quick to judge other drivers’ habits, but they’re not willing to take the responsibility themselves to help to make our roadways safer. Our message? Practice what you preach.