Tens of thousands of people are killed every year in car crashes in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes in Maine in 2013 killed over 150 people and cost $180 million ($2 million in medical costs and $178 million in work loss costs). Accidents are a leading cause of death in both Maine and across the US. At the same time, auto accidents are preventable, and we can all do our part to prevent crashes:
- Limit or eliminate distractions. Phones, arguments, eating, adjusting audio, adjusting navigation systems – all of these things are sources of distraction that take your mind, eyes and hands off the task of driving.
- Obey traffic laws. Speeding, aggressive driving and reckless driving are all common causes of accidents. By obeying traffic laws, you’ll be following the expert recommendations for the safest way to travel on that particular roadway.
- Do not drive buzzed, drunk, intoxicated or drowsy. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and certain types of prescription medications is dangerous. So too is driving when you are excessively tired. These things impact your ability to judge situations that arise on the road, as well as your reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration and visual acuity.
- Secure children in their seatbelts before driving, and do not allow children to climb around in your vehicle. You can be very distracted by children fighting or climbing around in the backseat. Although kids will be kids, do everything you can to teach them the importance of not fighting in the car, and always make sure they are buckled-in before starting your trip.
- Avoid nighttime driving when possible. A lot of accidents happen at night, when drivers are more likely to be drowsy, inebriated or unable to see as well. Avoid it when possible.
- Always wear a seat belt when traveling in a motor vehicle. According to the CDC, seat belt use reduces the risk of death in an accident by about half. Always wear a seat belt, no matter how long the trip is and whether you are the passenger or the driver of the vehicle.
To learn more about our experienced and compassionate Maine car accident lawyers, please call Lowry & Associates at 1-800 999-5342. We offer free case evaluations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so do not hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Maine. You may be able to recover compensation in an accident claim handled by our attorneys. We have law offices in Bangor and Portland, and are proud to serve people from across the state.