New York State’s car accident statistics might surprise you. In 2012 alone, our highways, rural roads, and city streets saw a total of 294,757 crashes. More than 1,000 of those resulted in fatal injuries, tragedies that disproportionately affected young adults between the ages of 21 and 29. Almost 20% of all accidents involve some form of distracted driving, a category that includes the much-publicized “texting while driving,” along with common activities like listening to the radio or chatting with a passenger.
Despite increased efforts to promote driver safety, and reduce New York’s crash rates, the numbers have remained consistent since 2003. It’s more important now than ever to have a plan. Many drivers don’t know this, but it’s what you do after a car accident that can make the crucial difference between a healthy recovery and weeks of lost time and rising medical expenses. We’ve made this free infographic to help you make the best out of a bad situation.
Every driver has the responsibility of promoting traffic safety, so check out the recommended driving techniques on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. But no matter how defensively you drive, the possibility of a crash is always right around the corner. Now that you know how to handle an accident, share the info with your friends! The more people know, the safer our streets.
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