Some car collisions are relatively minor, what we sometimes refer to as fender benders. The involved drivers might agree no real harm was done and go their separate ways. But when major damage occurs during a car accident, the drivers will rightfully exchange insurance information and take the requisite next steps. Here is what to do following a car crash.
Over the years, driving under the influence of alcohol has been perceived to be the leading cause of car accidents resulting in tens of thousands of injuries and millions upon millions spent on accident settlements. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .05 which is considered legal, increases a driver’s chances of causing an accident by 100%, which is higher than that of a sober driver. However, the issue of road safety can not be entirely dealt with without reviewing other factors that contribute to the increase in the number of car accidents. As unlikely as it might seem, driving under the influence of sleep can significantly increase the likelihood of causing an accident.
A report drafted by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) indicates that drivers who have 6-7 hours of sleep before driving are 30% more likely to cause an accident compared to those who have 7-plus hours of sleep. What’s more shocking is that as sleep time decreases, the likelihood of causing an accident increases significantly as shown below.
Some things in life are always inevitable, and they bring discomfort and unease. It is something we come across on the streets where mishaps are a common phenomenon. The irony with it is it can happen to anyone regardless of driving expertise. If it doesn’t happen due to their fault, it may occur due to someone else’s mistake. The resultant can be an injury, trauma, or monetary loss. But there’s another aspect even worse than that.
Recovering from an accident can take any amount of time depending on the accident, the injuries you sustained, and your lifestyle choices. If you have sustained an injury, perhaps in a car accident or from a fall, then you probably want to get back to your daily life as quickly as possible. Accidents can disrupt our working lives, our relationships, enjoyment with family, and more. However, you can’t rush recovery. Trying to rush your recovery could result in pushing yourself too hard and having to deal with your injury for longer.
In the United States, there are over 268.8 million vehicles registered and the number of registered drivers is close to that number. There is no denying that the high level of traffic in the country is one of the reasons why there are so many traffic accidents in the country. If you drive around a lot, there are high chances that you will get in an accident at some point. If you drive with your children in the car, it is important that you know what to do if you are in an accident. Below is a guide on, what to do if you are in a car accident.
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