Driving is probably one of the most dangerous things you do. While activities such as base jumping or felling a tree may carry more inherent risk, they are probably not something you do regularly, if at all. Getting into a car, however, is a daily activity for most Americans.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the average American has a one in 114 chance of dying in a car crash as a driver. As a passenger, the odd drops to one in 645. By contrast, the risk of being shot and killed is one in 370.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk that you are injured or killed in a car crash:
- Always wear a seat belt: There is ample evidence that they save lives.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs: Impaired driving is illegal and dangerous for you and other road users. Even if you are below the legal limit, alcohol can affect your judgment.
- Get adequate rest: Some studies show that driving when you are tired is as dangerous as driving when drunk. You need to be fully awake to be at your best on the road.
- Reduce your speed: Even a few miles per hour slower can significantly increase your chances of survival should you have an accident.
- Pay attention: You need to focus on the road and the other road users around you. If you need to check your phone or send a message, pull over and stop.
By taking the above steps, you can reduce the risk of a collision and increase your chances of surviving. If you have been injured in a car crash, you will need legal help to seek compensation. Medical expenses and time off work can soon add up.