On average, there are six million car accidents in the United States every year. Now consider the fact that three million people sustain injuries each year in those accidents. It should come as no great surprise that more than ninety people die in automotive accidents every day.
Everyone considers themselves to be at the very least a good driver. And, for the most part, everyone considers the roads they travel on every day to be safe. Most of the time they are, but consider the following scenario that can happen any day.
Quitting time could not come fast enough. The drive home was fine, but the minute you pull into your driveway you realize you are out of rice and it’s your turn to cook dinner. It’s only a short drive to Albertson’s if you take Highway 90 to Albertson’s Parkway. After all, Broussard is a safe place with good people.
A prepared driver is a safe driver. Around two million people experience permanent injuries as a result of car accidents every year. It is so incredibly important to treat every drive by being aware behind the wheel, by following the speed limit, by staying off of your phone while driving, and by allowing extra travel time in bad weather.
With single car accidents, it is very easy to suffer a rollover given the poor condition of several of our roads as well as the wild weather we’ve all come to expect. And as many bicycle lanes have opened up in Lafayette, anyone is just as likely to hit a bicyclist as a deer here in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
Multiple vehicle accidents dramatically increase the chances of injury and death. Causes include reckless operation, speeding, trying to beat a yellow light, and inattention to name a few. Let us also not forget that at least eighty percent of drivers on the road today experience Road Rage!
There’s more than just the basic car, pickup truck, or SUV out on the road today. Motorcyclists have the greatest risk of injury from accidents as they often only have the clothes on their back and a helmet to protect them from damage at speeds upwards of seventy miles per hour.
In addition to keeping our eyes on the road to prevent motorcycle accidents, we also have to keep an eye out for truckers. Semi trucks and “big rigs” are often driven by men and women struggling to meet a deadline. A trucker asleep at the wheel can bring gruesome injuries and multiple fatalities at high speeds with any trucking accident.
Last, but certainly not least, is drunk driving. An impaired driver simply cannot react the way a sober driver can. Forty percent of accidents involving alcohol result in a fatality. Swerving in and out of traffic, failure to stop or yield, driving on the wrong side of the road, and being unconscious behind the wheel are common scenarios for alcohol-related accidents. Remember; a taxi ride is always cheaper than a wrongful death suit.
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There are 206 bones in the human body. A broken rib can penetrate vital internal organs like the lungs, kidneys, and liver to name a few. Fragments from shattered vertebra can lodge themselves within the spinal column to sever the spinal cord causing paralysis. Broken bones in the feet and hands can take several painful months to heal. Additionally, there is trauma from torn muscles and severed arteries caused by large broken bones.
Scrapes and bruises are common enough, but deep cuts and lacerations bring their own risks. In addition to rapid blood loss, the open wounds can become full of debris from the road as well as the vehicle itself causing potentially fatal infections if not treated properly. Also worth mentioning is that deep cuts as well as severe bone breaks can cause the body to go into shock.
Concussions are fairly common in automotive accidents. In fact, if your air bag has gone off there is a very good chance you will have a concussion after even a low-speed collision. Concussions are a result of the brain receiving trauma sufficient enough to cause swelling. This creates a lack of blood flow to the brain. Which may cause permanent brain damage.
It is important to see a doctor even if there are no outward signs of injury. Internal bleeding can happen even if the skin is not punctured. Several of our body’s organs such as the kidneys and liver are at very high risk of injury in an accident and can cause death from a bleed out incredibly quickly. All of these injuries can lead to permanent brain damage from a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.
Fatalities can occur from any of these injuries from a number of reasons. Improper seatbelt usage is a heavy factor in accidents with fatalities. People not wearing seatbelts are thirty times more likely to be ejected from an automobile, and the risk of decapitation is increased dramatically by not using the lap belt portion of a seatbelt.
We get behind the wheel multiple times per day, several times per week. Everyday we return home safely, we think nothing of it. Most of us are guilty of at least one of the causes of car accidents listed in this article at some point in our lives. We owe it to ourselves and our families not to put them through the financial and emotional hardship of a car accident. Our passengers are counting on us. Our employers are counting on us. Our families are counting on us. Let’s drive safely, Louisiana. Let’s get home for dinner.
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