Driving can be dangerous in general, but California is infamous when it comes to our traffic and auto accident rates. Though statistics can be scary, they can help us to learn what to look out for, and can sometimes even help us improve driving safety. These car accident statistics may help you recognize how your own driving habits could be putting you at risk and how to best avoid dangerous drivers:
In 2018, 42% of drivers killed in auto accidents who were tested for drugs tested positive. Though marijuana is legal in California, any drug can impair your driving ability, and it is illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis. It is also true that in 2016, nearly 3 people were killed per day in California as a result of drunk driving. Creating a plan for when you’ll be using alcohol or drugs is not just a good idea, it’s necessary for your safety and the safety of those around you. It’s also a good back-up plan to have a rideshare app downloaded to your cell phone in case of an emergency or change of plans. You should never consume drugs or alcohol if you’re intending on driving, and it’s always important to take care if you’re entrusting your safety to someone else.
Speeding has remained a factor in approximately ⅓ of all motor vehicle fatalities for more than 2 decades. It can be easy to get wrapped up in your destination while driving, but your awareness of traffic laws and postings is your first defense against serious accidents. Use your cruise control if it’s enabled, and ensure any audio playing isn’t too loud or distracting as this could cause you to lose track of your speed. It is also vital that you give yourself ample time to reach your destination so you don’t feel rushed. Remember, you won’t be on time if you get into an accident.
Though we may drive every day, we don’t always pause to think about the ramifications of driving dangerously. Remember, there is no destination or deadline more important than your safety and the safety of those around you. If you are involved in an accident, please give us a call for a free review of your case!