The period between Fourth of July and Labor Day is typically the busiest of the year on Carolina roads. There are steps you and your family can take to help prevent Asheville car accidents and accidents elsewhere in the Carolinas.
Chief among them is making sure your tires are in good repair and properly inflated. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advisory encouraging motorists to check tire pressure and tire wear early and often — particularly before setting off on any road trips. The government estimates that 3,400 people have died and more than 116,000 have been injured in tire-related car accidents during the last five years.
Our Asheville car accidents attorneys know other leading causes of accidents this summer include distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding and drowsy driving.
Recently, Readers Digest reported tips for preventing five common causes of car accidents in North Carolina and elsewhere:
Hitting wild animals
The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety reports being an active and alert driver at all times is the best bet when it comes to avoiding a collision with a deer, bear or other wild animal. While driving on rural roads often lulls drivers into a false sense of security, government statistics show that the majority of the nation’s fatal accidents occur outside urban areas. Collisions with wildlife are a regular occurrence. State Farm reports 2.3 million in the last two years — up more than 20 percent in the past five years.
Hydroplaning in wet weather
Failure to reduce speeds to accommodate poor weather or other driving conditions is another common cause of accidents. Clean the interior and exterior of your window, make sure all of your lights and signals work properly, and always use you lights in poor driving conditions.
AAA reports 2 of every 5 drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel and 1 in 10 have done so in the past year. Statistics show about 1 in 6 fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. Take a passenger and share driving duties on long trips. Stop every 100 miles or 2 hours. Get a good night’s sleep before setting out and drive during the day — when you would normally be awake.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports an explosion in the popularity of cycling and motorcycle riding in the last decade. And with it has come an increase in the number of serious and fatal accidents. North Carolina bicycle accidents claimed 16 lives in 2009, while bicycle accidents in South Carolina killed 11 riders. Motorcycle accidents in North Carolina claimed 159 lives in 2008, while South Carolina motorcycle accident resulted in the deaths of 115 riders.
Speeding is responsible for about one-third of all traffic fatalities, putting it right up there with drunk driving for the leading contributor to fatal traffic accidents nationwide. Leave in plenty of time to reach your destination. Expect traffic to be heavy, particularly near road construction sites. Obey all traffic laws and don’t drive too fast for road conditions.
Other North Carolina Driving Tips are available here.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, contact the North Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.