What You Should Do After A Road Accident.

What You Should Do After A Road Accident.

First 10 Minutes, First 10 Hours

Keeping a level head after a motor vehicle accident isn’t easy, especially if there are injuries involved. First priority: make sure that help is on the way for anyone who needs medical attention. Then take steps to protect your interests. Learn how with this month’s You Should Know guide on what to do if you are involved in a road crash.

By The Numbers: Car Crashes in America

  • Man Woman Argue Car Accident32,675 Fatalities An estimated 32,675 people will killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, down slightly from 2013 but up from a record low of 32,479 in 2011. Source: NHTSA Data Resource Website
  • 1.7 Million More than 1.7 million people participate annually – 67 million since 1964 – in the National Safety Council’s (NSC’s) defensive driving program. Download NSC defensive driving tips. Source: Defensive Driving, National Safety Council
  • 2 in 3 Drivers While two in three drivers report talking on a cell phone and driving in the past 30 days, nearly three in five say such behavior by other drivers is a serious threat to their own personal safety. Source: 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Quicktips & News: Car Accidents

New Avoidance Technologies Reduce Crashes

Crash avoidance technologies, such as automatic braking systems and adaptive headlights, are preventing accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Read more about these new technologies (download report).

Decade of Action for Road Safety

The National Safety Council is urging all Americans to get involved in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, an initiative of the World Health Organization. The goal: prevent road traffic deaths and injuries that could take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.

Graduated Driver Licensing for Teens Saves Lives

Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death for teens. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) reduces the crash risk for new teen drivers 20 to 40 percent by emphasizing experience while minimizing hazards like nighttime driving. Look up GDL laws in your state

Peter Summerill

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