Did you know that 38,800 people, it’s estimated, died in car crashes in 2019? The National Safety Council has shown that fatalities dropped by 2% from 2018, but around 4.4 million people still needed medical attention because of the severity of their injuries.
Some of the most common kinds of car crash injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken ribs
- Herniated discs
- Trauma to the legs and knees
All of these can leave victims with long recoveries. Even minor injuries can cause pain and dysfunction that has a significant impact on a victim’s life, at least in the short-term.
What can you do to make yourself safer on the roads?
It’s important for motorists to:
- Wear a seat belt. If you are involved in a crash, a seat belt helps spread the force across your body and will hold you in your seat.
- Always have a designated driver if they plan to drink.
- Avoid using new prescriptions or drugs prior to driving.
- Practice defensive driving.
- Get enough sleep, so that they feel awake behind the wheel.
- Avoid distractions that could take their attention off the road.
There is no secret that can make crashes stop, but it’s possible to reduce them if people do pay attention and act defensively on the roads. So many deaths and injuries are truly unacceptable, especially since so many of them could be avoided. Some new vehicles have driver-assistance systems and warning systems to prevent or stop crashes from happening, but this isn’t enough on its own.
If you are injured in a crash, the at-fault driver should be held responsible. Our website has more on what to do if you or someone you love was a victim in a collision.