November 19, 2017- World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Last year, nearly 40,000 people were killed and an additional 4.6 million were injured on America’s highways, making 2016 the deadliest year on our roads since 2007. Chances are you or someone you know has been touched by a traffic accident, crime, injury or fatality. Unfortunately, this trend makes November 19 – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – especially tragic, but also all the more important to recognize what it means to be safe on the roads.

Tips for Safe Roads:

  • Pay Attention! According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, approximately one in four vehicle crashes is due to distracted driving. The numbers prove that distracted driving is dangerous, but in many cases, in car distractions like texting and driving are also illegal!
  • Slow Down! “Illegal or unsafe” speed is the leading cause of single vehicle crashes.
  • Wear your seat belt! Statistics continue to show that persons involved in crashes who are wearing their seat belts are far more likely to survive.
  • Make sure child safety seats are installed correctly! 59% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Many police agencies around the United States will check your installation for free.
  • Pedestrians Beware! 5,374 pedestrians 2015 and an additional 818 bicyclists were killed on our roads in 2015. Pedestrians and bicyclists need to be extra cautious when sharing the road with vehicles, as the likelihood of severe injury or death is higher for them. Pedestrians should obey traffic signals; look both ways and never text-and-walk. Bikers should always wear a helmet and reflective clothing, use hand signals and obey basic laws, and use bike lanes if available.

What to do if you’re involved in a crash:

  • Pull over to the side of the road. Wait for police officers and/or first responders.
  • Check yourself and others for injuries.
  • Exchange information with all persons involved.
  • Contact an Attorney.

Today let’s remember the millions of people killed worldwide by traffic incidents. By implementing safe driving practices and continuing education on the increase of distracted driving deaths we can each do our part to help reduce traffic related fatalities.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, contact our Personal Injury Team today at (651) 439-2878.

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