3 Extreme Car Crash Statistics for 2019 (Plus 3 Bonus Tips!)
There is an inherent risk involved whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle. For instance, did you know that, globally, 1.25 million people die each year in car crashes? At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, we are here to share even more car crash statistics that may further shock you.
Statistic #1: Distracted/Impaired Driving
Distracted driving contributes to 25% of all fatalities from automobile crashes. Even though fatalities from distracted driving have been on the decline, distracted driving is still a leading cause of death in motor vehicle accidents.
Distracted driving is also responsible for over 50% of all crashes involving teenage drivers.Teens are especially vulnerable because they are more likely to use their cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.
Other Louisiana distracted driving statistics include:
- Eight fatalities and 732 injuries occurred from cell phone usage while driving in 2018.
- Over 1,400 distracted driving-related accidents resulted in only property damage.
- 27 reported deaths were linked to distracted driving.
As for impaired driving, alcohol and other substances contribute to many fatalities in Louisiana. Over 220 Louisiana fatalities in 2018 occurred in vehicles with alcohol involvement, which is nearly one-third of all Louisiana fatalities from car crashes that year.
If you suffer an injury from a distracted or impaired driver, call Mike Brandner right away to discuss your personal injury case.
TIPS: Don’t ever let your mind wander, whether you have a desire to change your radio station or comb your hair while driving. If your eyes remain on the road but your mind isn’t, it’s more likely that you may crash. Stay focused by turning off/silencing all electronic devices. Also, make sure your passengers don’t make too much noise.
Remember that if you’re ever drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Have a friend, family member, or Uber driver take you home. Also, never ride with a driver that has been drinking; even a small amount of alcohol can distort your judgment.
Statistic #2: Unsafe Driving Habits
Unsafe driving habits also contribute to many fatalities and injuries. Habits such as overly aggressive driving, driving while fatigued, and driving without a seat belt are all contributing factors in fatal and non-fatal accidents alike.
Aggressive driving. So what makes overly aggressive driving, also known as road rage, so dangerous? Statistically speaking road rage contributes to over 13,000 accidents per year, with over 200 fatalities.
Something even worse to note is that road rage often leads to even more severe forms of behavior. For example, road rage sometimes leads to one driver taking a firearm and shooting at the other. Or, as another example, one driver may intentionally ram into the other driver’s vehicle.
Driving while fatigued. Now, if you thought aggressive drivers were dangerous, it’s nothing compared to sleepy driving. Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk, distracted, or even angry.
Why? Your judgment becomes distorted, and your reaction times slow, and, because of this, fatigued driving is not to be taken lightly.
In fact, fatigued driving kills over 1,000 people per year. Even just a few seconds of your eyes being off the wheel can result in a fatal accident. And with a comparatively high population and many urban roads, Louisiana drivers are especially vulnerable to the dangers of drowsy driving.
Seat belts. As for seat belt usage, it’s well known that driving with a fastened seat belt saves many people’s lives each year. However, driving without a seat belt is a huge problem and one of the most dangerous unsafe driving habits. In fact, only 79% of Louisiana drivers wear seat belts whereas the national average is much higher.
TIPS: If you see someone that appears to be driving aggressively or swerving from fatigue on the road, stay away from them. By leaving ample space between yourself and them you can avoid potential harm. Furthermore, you should always drive with your seatbelt fastened. It’s not only the law, but by doing so you make your commute 45% to 60% safer.
If you do get injured by an aggressive or fatigued driver, the car crash lawyers in New Orleans at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys are always here to help you file a claim for compensation.
Statistic #3: Cyclists and Pedestrians
Bicyclists and pedestrians are not immune from injury while on the road. Louisiana had over 20 fatal bicycle crashes and 149 pedestrian fatalities for the year 2018. The most affected age group for cyclists is people ages 25 – 34, while for pedestrians, people ages 45 – 54 were the most affected.
There are two major ways drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians can do to help prevent injuries and death.
- Drivers should only operate a vehicle if they are confident in their abilities. If you are afraid to drive, never get behind the wheel. Next, realize that cyclists and pedestrians can pop out from unexpected places. This includes unexpectedly rounding a corner or jaywalking.
- Cyclists and pedestrians should always keep an eye out for vehicles. Some drivers are reckless and will speed through red lights. Others may be distracted and might miss you in a blind spot.
TIPS: Drivers – pedestrians and cyclists can be difficult to see, especially at night. If you are driving at night, be sure to use your headlights and stay extra vigilant.
Pedestrians and cyclists – you should wear bright, preferably reflective clothing. And most importantly, always be aware of your surroundings.
Contact Mike Brandner’s Team of Car Crash Lawyers in New Orleans
If you or a loved one suffer an injury from a car wreck, contact Mike Brandner’s team of car crash lawyers in New Orleans immediately. Our experienced attorneys know the law, and we work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
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