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Car Accident Statistics Every Driver Should Know

Distracted Driving

Car accidents caused by distracted drivers were responsible for over 3,300 fatalities and 421,000 injuries in 2012, according to distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website dedicated to distracted driving. Many states have enacted laws banning the use of certain electronic devices while driving in attempts to reduce these staggering car accident statistics. However, many people continue to talk, text and engage in other dangerous practices while driving.

Drunk Driving

According to madd.org, 10,322 people were fatally injured and another 345,000 sustained severe injuries in accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2012. Many states have different enforcement methods in order to catch and penalize motorists who drive while intoxicated. Some of these methods include:

DUI/Sobriety Checkpoints

Mandatory Use of Ignition Interlock Devices

Administrative License Revocation

No Refusal Policies

Penalties including community service, jail time, fines, fees, license revocation and DUI rehabilitation classes.

Speeding

Speeding is one of the top three causes of car accidents in the United States. Americans live in a world where speed is thought to be essential. People are rushing to get to their next appointment or to get to work on time. Unfortunately, this results in a number of car accident injuries and deaths. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speeding contributes to nearly a third of all auto accidents in the nation. Drivers are urged to slow down and drive safely, especially in inclement weather conditions.

No one intends to be injured or killed while going out for a drive. By practicing safe driving habits, people can minimize their risk of being involved in a car accident. For those who are involved in an accident, an auto accident attorney can help them to receive the compensation they deserve. For more car accident statistics or to receive a free case consultation with an auto accident attorney from Sloat & Nicholson, P.C., call 303-447-1144 today.

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