In the United States, about 102 people die every day on our roadways. That’s more than four fatalities an hour, which is a sobering thought. In South Carolina alone, someone dies every nine hours in a traffic collision. To stay safe while driving, you should be aware of the most common causes of car crashes. Those include driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, following vehicles too closely, failure to yield to oncoming traffic, disregarding traffic signals and signs, and driving recklessly when the road is slippery or iced over. Unfortunately, distracted driving is also a cause of deaths.
With 15,900 accidents occurring daily on American roads, and with most occurring during commute times in favorable weather conditions, it is crucial to stay vigilant. Public transportation is also an option. It’s 60 times safer to ride the bus than it is to drive your own vehicle.
Human error contributes to 90 percent of vehicle crashes, and texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely to get in an accident. Driving under the influence is also a dangerous decision. Beyond the danger that it brings with arrests and legal fees, alcohol causes one on every three motor vehicle deaths. Stay buckled and stay alert.