The National Safety Council (NSC) issued preliminary estimates that indicate the rate of fatal car accidents in the United States continues to climb to levels not seen since 1965. There were over 40,000 fatalities and close to five million injuries from car accidents reported in 2017, which is just one percent lower than the number reported in 2016. When the calculations are complete, the number of fatalities may be the highest reported in over 50 years.
A spokesperson for the NSC appealed to motorists to comply with traffic safety regulations and laws to decrease the number of car accident fatalities. Motor vehicle wrecks are a leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and in most cases, are also the most preventable. The NSC urges drivers to follow their recommendations to ensure the safety of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians sharing American highways and roadways.
- Seat belts save lives, so buckle up and make sure all passengers in your vehicle are using seatbelts as well.
- Avoid all forms of distracted driving, such as cell phones, texting, infotainment systems, and navigation devices. Pull over to a safe location to use these devices, if necessary. Leaving the cell phone in a purse or in the back seat will avoid temptation to use it when behind the wheel.
- Recognize the dangers of drugged and drunk driving and designate a sober driver before you get behind the wheel. Alcohol, legalized marijuana, prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medications can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and slowed reaction times that lead to serious and fatal car accidents.
- Keep vehicles in good condition with regular maintenance and inspections. Learn what safety features your vehicle has and how to use them properly. Be sure to fix recalls or investigate that they have been corrected when buying a used car.
- Advocate for safe driving by contacting your state and local lawmakers to make and enforce traffic laws that protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Report poor road conditions, and broken road signs and traffic signals.
- Be a good example to teenaged drivers and enforce restrictions imposed on them.
- Join the Road to Zero campaign by visiting the NSC’s website to take a proactive approach in increasing traffic safety.
The NSC’s Road to Zero campaign aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by the year 2050. By enforcing current traffic laws and holding violators liable, the NSC believes that year 2050 could be the first without a fatal traffic accident.
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