Did you know that 0ne in three automotive accidents results in a personal injury to vehicle occupants or bystanders? Sadder still, two out of ten accidents result in fatalities. So if you get in an automobile accident it makes sense that you follow some basic guidelines to protect your legal rights.
It is impossible for travelers to avoid every car accident. But car accident victims can lower risks of injuries or death.
Here are our top 20 tips to protect your rights:
Do not drink and drive
Alcohol factored in over 10,000 motor vehicle deaths in 2012
Studies have shown that wearing seatbelts lowers the risk of sustaining driving injuries. At least 45% fewer deaths happen to front-seat passengers wearing a seatbelt. Back-seat passengers have a 50% lower chance of injury and/or death while wearing a seatbelt. National Occupant Protection Use Surveys says the seatbelt use for all U.S. compact vehicles is near 86%.
Kids must use booster seats and safety belts
The NHTSA says booster seats and safety belts can mean life or death. In fact, it lessens the risk for infant injury/death by 71% and by 54% for toddlers.
Follow vehicle recalls
2014 was the “Year of Auto Recalls.” A total of 550 vehicle recalls were issued from Volkswagen, Ford, and many others. This amount of recalls affected over 52 million vehicles.
Do not use cell phones while operating motor vehicles