Know the Facts: Record Auto Accidents in August
August is the deadliest driving month of the year in America.
Between 2012 and 2016 there were 15,914 motor vehicle fatalities in the month of August alone. What is it that makes August the most dangerous time to be on the road? Well, there are many factors that go into it and many believe that the nice summer weather is actually the leading factor!
Speeds are increased and attention is decreased during the summer when more people are out and about enjoying clear skies. People tend to be more carefree when there is beautiful, warm weather. The end of July and the beginning of August are the most heavily traveled vacation times, so often people are not familiar with speed limits, roadways or laws when they are traveling. When you mix the carefree driving style of those who have been traveling for hours with traffic and bad driving habits, there is an obvious increase in risk for vehicle incidents.
Nationwide released data showing the main dangers with driving in certain states! For those driving in Atlanta on a regular basis, there's is likely no surprise that Georgia is known for drivers slamming on their brakes.
Knowing the facts and statistics behind auto accidents can help put the dangers into perspective and potentially help decrease vehicle accident fatalities. A few important statistics to consider are:
Speeding is a factor in about 30% of all crashes
18% of incidents in the day are alcohol related while at night it is about 54%
49% of all fatal accidents occur at night
There are approximately 6 million vehicle accidents each year
Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 47%, but 1 in 7 people do not wear seatbelts
Check out Driver Knowledge's great graphics with more information on driver statistics and driver safety.
Now, you should consider how you can help decrease these deadly statistics and protect yourself and others on the roadway. Ensure that you are always giving your full, undivided attention to the road and eliminating any and all distractions. You should always pay attention to all roadway signs to be aware of speed limits, potential construction or other signs that prompt driving changes. It is also important to keep in mind that just because you are following the law does not mean others around you are. You should always be aware and alert to drivers around you and report any erratic and dangerous behaviors you see on the roadway.
SMART Safety helps to ensure our customers are taking all proper measures to protect their employees, which means we provide safety training and toolbox topics on driver safety and awareness. To find out more on how SMART Safety can help your company build a stronger safety culture and reduce incidents, visit our Contact Info page and give us a call!