According to AAA- Car crashes cost the U.S. $300 billion each year. Fatal car accidents kill an average of four people each hour.
According to reports, each traffic fatality costs an average of $6 million dollars. This includes: -medical and emergency services -lost earnings.
A traffic accident in Alabama averages $126,000.and almost 33,000 people die every year on the nation’s roads.
Some experts recommend automatically applying the brakes during skids, referred to as Electronic Stability Control (ESC)which could potentially save 9,600 lives a year. Another suggestion has been to implement short-range radar sensors in every vehicle that would warn that a collision was imminent, and activate airbags and seat restraints.
The major causes of fatal car accidents in Alabama include:
- Drunk driving,
- Texting, and
- Distracted driving.
Over 35 states have now banned texting while driving. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement earlier this week recommending a nationwide ban- the most far-reaching recommendation yet- on cell phone use and texting while driving.
According to AAA’s spokesperson Troy Green, we need more tough laws, stricter enforcement with strict penalties.
Ten Highway Safety Tips for Christmas Travel
Christmas week brings millions of Americans traveling the U.S. roads and highways. Drivers must be prepared for everything from snow and ice to sleep-deprived travelers.
- Prepare your vehicle: Make sure your wipers are fully functioning with plenty of fluid. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced.
- Plan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your directions including exit name and number. Many car accidents in Alabama are caused by drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit.
- Be cautious around large trucks: Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are much heavier and take longer to make a complete stop. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them to prevent a rear-end collision.
- Check your emergency kit: Contents should include: battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
- Note changes in the weather: Watch for rain, ice and other weather-related obstacles that could potentially cause a Birmingham car wreck.
- Keep your eyes on the road: Texting and driving distracted is a major cause of car accidents in Alabama. Texting while driving is considered more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol and just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident.
- Leave early: Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion so plan ahead and leave early so you will not be in a rush.
- Be aware of blind spots: 18-wheelers have the worst blind spots. Be careful when driving next to them on Alabama road and remember “If you can’t see the truck driver in their mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.”
- Slow down: Speeding is often to number one cause of car accidents in Alabama and fatal auto accidents in Birmingham. Reduce your speed and do not travel too closely behind another vehicle.
- Buckle up: Always buckle your seat belt. Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 % and it’s the law in Alabama.