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5 Quick Tips for Safe Driving

An average of 6 million car accidents happen every year in the U.S., according to Driver Knowledge. Establish safe driving habits now to protect yourself and those around you from a dangerous collision.

About Automotive Crashes

Automotive crashes are common and endanger many lives every year. More than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these accidents could have been avoided had the drivers practiced safe driving habits. 

Safe Driving Tips

To prevent a deadly accident from disrupting your commute, follow the safe driving tips listed below.

  • Plan ahead – Before you begin a long drive, it is important to schedule your trip. First, check the weather forecast. Inclement weather accounted for 1,258,979 car accidents from 2005-2014, according to the U.S Department of Transportation. Next, check your travel route and decide where you will stop to rest, get food, or make a phone call. 
  • Be well rested – Do not attempt to drive if you are tired. Tiredness leads to a decrease in focus and reaction time. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NSTSA), an average of 83,000 car accidents occur every year because of drowsy driving. Before you begin your journey, get plenty of rest. Do not rely on caffeine or energy drinks to keep you awake.
  • Focus on driving – Distracted driving is one of the top reasons for car crashes. It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. Most accident-causing distractions happen because of cell phone use. Statistics show over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries and account for 78% of all distracted drivers.
  • Drive defensively – When driving, be constantly aware of the positions and behavior of the vehicles directly in front and behind you. Their actions determine how you should react—brake lights or turn signals ahead tell you to slow down, swerving vehicles tell you the driver may be distracted or intoxicated and could pose a threat to your safety. Reacting to other people’s vehicles correctly will keep your vehicle where it is supposed to be.
  • Use common sense – Be smart when you drive. Abide by road signs and traffic lights. Never drink alcohol or use your cell phone while driving. Be cautious always, but especially at night and during bad weather. These little observances can greatly protect you and those around you from a dangerous accident.

Texas Car Crash Statistics for 2017

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2017, more than 3,500 people were killed and more 17,500 people sustained serious injuries in vehicle crashes in Texas.
  • In 2017, twenty-eight percent of crash-related fatalities in Texas involved a driver under the influence of alcohol.
  • Forty percent of of people killed in restraint-equipped vehicles in Texas in 2017 were not restrained at the time of the crash.
  • There were 57 total pedalcyclist fatalities in 2017 in the state of Texas.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve. Our team of injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.


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