Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles recently reported that fatal car accidents have reached a 12-year high, even as the total number of vehicle collisions has fallen.
If you or a loved one is a regular driver on Virginia roads, here is what you need to know about this disturbing trend.
Why have fatalities increased?
Though there were fewer people on the road over the last year, both in Virginia and nationally, fatalities likely increased due to a rise in reckless driving. The decreased traffic levels led motorists to develop a false sense of security. As a result, many people engaged in dangerous behaviors, such as driving at an excessive speed or failing to wear a seatbelt.
How can you stay safe?
To protect yourself and other motorists, make sure to stay within the speed limit, obey stoplights and follow all other traffic laws.
Even when you follow the rules of the road, other people may not. However, you can increase your likelihood of avoiding a collision if you limit distractions and never operate a vehicle when you are drowsy.
You should also facilitate conversations with your other family members about the importance of safe driving habits. Teenagers, in particular, are more likely to find themselves involved in a car crash. Help your teen understand the risks of distracted and reckless driving.
If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, make sure to document the scene thoroughly, contact the authorities and seek medical attention. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills.