It’s a war zone out there on our roadways, and it’s getting worse.
During the first quarter of 2012 we saw a 12 percent increase in the number of roadway fatalities compared to the first quarter of 2011, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC). From January through March of 2011, there were about 7,270 people who were killed in car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. During that same time frame in 2012, we say nearly 8,200 roadway deaths.
Experts haven’t quite put their finger on why we’re seeing such an increase but they have a list of ideas. One is the improving economy. With less people cutting out their vacations, more motorists can be found on our roads. With the increase in vehicle miles traveled, the risks for car accidents increases substantially. Experts also think that the mild winter season we just experienced may have had something to do with it. Our friends in the northern states didn’t have to deal with too much wicked weather this season and thus spent more time on the roads. Again, the increase in vehicle miles traveled could have been the cause of the increase in fatalities.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that our roadways are about to get a whole lot busier. As we head into the summer travel season, the number of traffic accident fatalities is expected to increase. Drivers are asked to keep safety as one of their top concerns behind the wheel. Safe driving habits may be the one thing that can help to keep you out of a potentially fatal car accident over the next few months.
“The Council will be keeping a close eye on our monthly traffic fatality estimates to discern if this increase is just a temporary blip,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC.
In addition to everyone we lost in these accidents, we also took quite a hit in the wallet. According to 2011 preliminary data, car accident-related fatalities, injuries and property damage cost the country nearly $300 billion. Also contributing to a costly bill was the administrative expenses, losses in wages and productivity, medical expenses and employer costs.
To help you to stay safe on our roadways during the summer travel season and beyond, the Florida Safety Council is here to offer you some potentially lifesaving driving tips:
-Always wear your seat belt during every trip in your vehicle regardless of how short your trip may be.
-Keep distractions to a minimum.
-Stay alert behind the wheel.
-Keep your emotions in check,. Driving while frustrated, upset, etc. can take your attention off of driving.
-Always obey the posted speed limit.
-Know the laws of the road. This is especially important when traveling to an unfamiliar place.
-Keep your vehicle in good-working condition.