We are half way into 2015 and already there have been far too many traffic deaths in Indiana.
According to the National Safety Council in a report released in late May, traffic deaths so far this year in the U.S. have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same period in 2014. They also expect the trend to continue in a period known as the “100 deadly days,” from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Summer is typically a high-exposure period with lots of miles driven and several long holiday weekends. Take your responsibilities behind the wheel this summer seriously and ensure that you get to your destination safety.”
The NSC believes the spike in fatal car crashes – an 11-percent increase during the past three months and an 8-percent overall increase in the past six – is due in part to an improving economy. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive, and many travel long distances and take vacations.”
Certain crash factors, such as speeding and alcohol, are more common during the summer, too. A yearly average of 2,781 deaths in June, July and August involve speeding, and 2,846 involve alcohol.
To help stay safe on the roads this summer, Theodoros & Rooth joins the NSC in recommending:
- Making sure every passenger buckles up every trip
- Designating an alcohol and drug-free driver or arranging alternate transportation
- Getting plenty of sleep and taking regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long trips
- Never using a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free
- Staying engaged with your teens’ driving habits. An NSC survey found many parents are more inclined to loosen household driving rules during the summer.
- Learning about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them.
June is also National Safety Month – a time to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe. The National Safety Council leads a national effort to raise awareness and to focus on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
This year, the NSC will be more sharply focusing on the important topics of prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness and slips, trips and falls.
Theodoros & Rooth joins the effort to encourage everyone to stay safe. Too many times, however, innocent people are injured or die as a result of the negligence of another driver (whether it be a car, truck or boat) retail owners, pool operators and even doctors.
If you believe that you, a friend or loved one has suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of another, contact Theodoros & Rooth right away for a free consultation. We will determine if you have a car accident claim. If so, Theodoros & Rooth will fight aggressively to get you the fair compensation you deserve.