Preventing Car Accident-Related Injuries
Car accidents and accident-related injuries are extremely common. There are an estimated 18,000 car accidents in the U.S. every day, leading to more than six million accidents and over 2.5 million accident-related injuries annually. Furthermore, nearly 10,000 people are killed each year by drivers under the influence of alcohol. Although there are many factors leading to an accident that you cannot control, there are still many ways to reduce your risk of an accident-related injury if you are involved in a crash.
Wear Your Seat Belt
Seat belts are one of the most effective—and simplest—injury prevention devices available. Although there is no federal seat belt law, the state of Arizona requires the use of seat belts by front seat occupants and requires that the driver be responsible for ensuring all occupants under the age of 16 are properly restrained.
Don’t Text and Drive
Although many types of distractions can affect your driving, the use of cell phones is one of the largest contributing factors to accidents and accident-related injuries. The state of Arizona has no bans on the use of hand-held phones or texting while driving; however, Phoenix and Tucson maintain prohibitions on texting and driving. If you need to send a text or make a call, pull over or wait until you have reached your destination to do so.
Use Designated Drivers
Driving under the influence of alcohol remains a major factor in automobile accidents and related injuries and deaths. More than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2010. Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking—designate a driver to remain sober and ensure you and others have safe transportation.
If you have been injured in an automobile in Arizona, the Thrush Law Group can help. We handle all types of accident cases, including rear- and head-on collisions, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. You can reach us today by calling (520) 325-6500 in Tucson and (480) 366-5795 in Phoenix, or click through our comprehensive website for more information regarding car accident compensation.