Accidents are an unfortunate part of life that are often unavoidable. Car accidents are very common and there are all sorts of things that cause them. You may question how many accidents you will have in your lifetime. Although people often talk about car accidents, when you find yourself in one it can feel surreal. It can be hard to know what to do in this situation. Continue reading in order to learn how to prevent car accidents and how many accidents you will have in your lifetime.
How Many Accidents You Will Have In Your Lifetime
The average person will experience 3-4 car accidents in their lifetime, or one accident every eighteen years. In addition, 38,000 people die in car accidents in the United States every year with another 4 million that require medical attention after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident. Car accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States for people aged 1-54. These statistics demonstrate why it is important to have good car and health insurance as well as how often personal injury cases happen.
With statistics like that, it can be scary to drive your car for fear of getting in an accident that could cause harm to you or your family. But, living in fear is not living at all. The best way to avoid car accidents is to make sure that you first have the right attitude towards driving. A good attitude towards accidents includes conscientiousness, responsibility and confidence. Having a good attitude towards driving can help you respond better in an accident.
What You Can Do To Avoid Injury In An Accident
An important step to avoiding injury in an accident is to make sure that everyone in the car is always wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts are the best defense against potential injuries that could occur in the event of a crash. Avoid driving at night or looking at your phone while driving. Always give yourself a good following distance between your car and other drivers and always check your blind spot before changing lanes. Also keep in mind that driving under the influence is not only illegal, but one of the leading causes of car accidents. Lastly, make sure that you (or your teenager) have had proper driving education before driving places on your own without supervision.
Common Causes Of Accidents
I have mentioned several of the causes of accidents that can be avoided by changing certain habits, but there are other causes of accidents to be aware of. Always make sure that your vehicle is in good repair because blow tires and other car issues can cause accidents.
The weather is the biggest problem that cannot be controlled that you should think about when heading out onto the road. It is important to drive slowly when there is a lot of rain or snow, and especially important to drive slowly under these conditions if it is just starting to rain or the snow is sticking to the ground. Traffic is also a factor that can affect the number of accidents you will be in. Be courteous when there is a lot of traffic, take your time, and drive slowly at a distance from the car in front of you.
Have You Been In An Accident?
Here at LeBaron and Jensen Attorneys at Law, we know that accidents are sometimes unavoidable. Even with the preventable measures you may have taken, there is a reason that they are called “accidents.” If you were injured in a car accident, we would love to help represent you. For more information or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us today.