The average number of car accidents an American motorist is likely to have is about one every 17.9 years. By the time you reach 34 years of age, you will probably have been in at least one Northeast Philly car crash. Over the course of a lifetime, the average American motorist will be in as many as three to four accidents.
The good news is that in the majority of the cases, these accidents are not serious. The National Safety Council notes that approximately 10 million accidents occur every year, and they involve everything from minor fender benders and scrapes to multi-car pile-ups.
The majority of accidents in Northeast Philly are not fatal, but, it is quite likely that your accident will result in injuries. Learn how you can reduce your odds of suffering an accident. The important thing to remember is that most of the accidents that feature in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatality report every year are linked to some form of poor driving behavior.
From drunk driving and distracted driving to speeding and aggressive driving, motorists often engage in a variety of behaviors that increase their risk of an accident.
Don’t Drive Drunk
Intoxicated (on alcohol or drugs) drivers cause as many as one- third of all accidents in this country. By avoiding impaired driving, you can significantly reduce your risks of an accident.
Avoid Distracted Driving
In 2012, distracted driving caused more than 3,000 accidents.
- Switch off your cell phones while driving
- Stop looking and driving at the GPS: pull over or just use the voice cues
- Instruct passengers not to distract you visually
Drive at the posted speed limits. Driving at 55 mph or higher increases the likelihood that an accident is fatal. Mileages below 55 mph result in property damage most of the time. Elderly drivers take note: driving too slow for conditions is also a road hazard.
Avoid Driving at Risky Times
The hours between midnight and 3 a.m. see the highest number of fatal accidents on Northeast Philly roadways. Weekends are also much more likely to see fatal accidents than weekdays. Limit driving during these times.
During certain times, like major holidays or weekends, your risks of an accident are automatically higher. Look out for intoxicated and distracted motorists during these times, and practice defensive driving.
For more safe driving tips, check out our car accident blog. If you were injured in an accident in Northeast Philly and want to know whether you qualify for a claim for compensation, discuss your case with a lawyer. Call 215-642-2335 to speak with attorney Michael Saile.