Car Accidents on a Multiyear Rise
In a recent article from our neighbors to the south at the Boston Globe, car accidents have been on a steady rise for the last couple years, with experts believing distracted driving being one of the main causes. Statistics show that 2016 was the deadliest year on the road in the United States since 2007, with 40,200 driving-related deaths, a six percent increase from 2015 and a 14 percent increase from 2014.
Experts believe that an improving economy and a decrease in gas prices, coupled with the increased use of smart devices and dashboard monitors, helped fuel the rise in crashes nationwide. In New Hampshire alone, 137 people died in a car accident in 2016, up from 114 in 2015. At the Law Offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss, Rousseau & Ross, PLLC we care about you and your family’s safety and want to remind you of safe driving practices to help you avoid an accident that can have lifelong effects.
Tips for all drivers, especially teens, should take to avoid an accident include:
- Be aware of surroundings: Always scan the road to know where all cars are around you
- Look more than just in mirrors: Before turning or changing lanes, it’s advised to turn your head and look to avoid any vehicles in your blind spots
- Drive cautiously at night: Sight is limited in the dark and the prevalence of intoxicated drivers is increased at night
- Drive with hands at 9 and 3: Keeping your hands on the 9 and 3 o’clock position on the wheel gives you the greatest amount of control to avoid obstacles or collisions
- Keep car maintained: make sure your tires, brakes, lights, and other safety features are well maintained to lower your risk of an accident
These are just a few of the practices you and your family can take to stay safe on the roads. Yet, even the most conscientious of drivers may still be involved in an accident caused from the negligence of another. That’s where our experienced car accident lawyers can help you fight for justice and compensation for any damages or injuries you may have sustained.