- The seventh leading cause of death in 2030 will be road accidents
- People aged between 16 and 29 years: leading cause of death
- In low and middle-income countries, 90% of the world’s fatalities occur.
- Approximately, 1.2 million people die each year due to road accidents.
1.2 million people every year died as a result of the road crash. 20 to 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries. Road accidents cost most countries 3% of their GDP.
Does Age Matter?
People aged between 15 and 44 years involved in 48% road traffic deaths globally.
Does Sex Metter?
Research shows that male is more likely to be involved in road traffic crashes as compared to females. About 73% of all road deaths occur (young male) under the age of 25 years.
- Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the main cause of car accidents. In the US distracted drivers are the top cause of car accidents. Most of the time we divert our attention from the road, to talk on cell phone, send a text or eat food.
An increase in average speed is directly related to the severity of the consequences of the crash. Example, an increase of 1Km/h in speed results in an increase of 3% incidence of crashes resulting in injury. Experiments show that there are only 20% chances of the death of pedestrian’s if struck by a car at the speed of 50km/h while these figure increases up to 80% if the vehicle struck at 80km/h.
Many drivers ignore the speed limit and drive 20 to 30mp/h more than the speed limit.
- Carelessness using helmets and seat-belts:
Wearing a helmet correctly with suitable fitting can reduce the risk of death by 40% and the risk of severe injury by almost 70%.
Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury among front-seat passenger by 45-50%.
- Drunk Driving
In the United States, more than 29 people die in a road car accident due to drunk driving every day.
When you drunk you lose the ability to focus and function properly which is very dangerous when driving a vehicle. If you want to go out and drink, always use a designated driver.
- About 1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Running Stop Signs
Stop or red signal should never be ignored. Thousands of road accidents occur because one driver ran a stop sign. We should follow the traffic laws and rules to prevent ourselves and others from getting injured.
- Wrong way
Wrong way driving is also the main cause of road accidents. Everyone has lapsed in judgment. Sometimes we miss the one-way sign, we turn down the street thinking its normal right turn, but it’s not normal.
- Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts can you to lose control of your vehicle, especially when you are at high speed. When encountering a tire blowout, grab the steering wheel firmly to maintain control of your vehicle and pull over safely.
- Animal Crossings
Drivers are required to know the rules of the roadways, wild animals will wade out into the street, it’s up to you to make sure that you don’t get into a car accident with them. When you see an animal crossing sign take cautions, use high beams when traveling in rural areas.
Driving is a skill and technique that requires the ability to see, but fog makes it intensely difficult to see. Avoid car accident by using headlights, fog lights and never use high beams when driving in the fog.
In rainy weather, road accidents happen often because water reduces the friction between the road and tires and make the surfaces dangerous for automobiles. To avoid road accidents always use proper tires and drive more carefully when its rain.
- Design Defects
No product is ever made perfectly. Automobiles consist of hundreds of parts; any of those defective parts can cause a serious road accident.
If any type of road accident happens with you which is not your fault and faced personal injuries as a result of accident. You can claim for compensation in England and Wales with help of experienced personal injury solicitors Bolton.