When it comes to educating drivers about the dangers of the road, targeting youth is a strong place to start. According to the CDC, in 2015 six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 died each day from motor vehicle injuries. It makes sense that teens and young drivers end up in accidents frequently since they are new to the world of driving and may not have the experience of all the potential hazards on the road.
That is why programs that utilize mock car accidents can prove helpful in teaching the consequences of unsafe driving. These mock car accidents can be organized and executed for students in school, and are usually used right before prom and graduation season. They include students from the school in the accident demonstration as crash victims. Emergency responders also conduct rescue efforts in real-time to show what happens following an accident. Some mock accident demonstrations also include the use of a body bag and a hearse. They are meant to evoke an emotional response from students, making them think twice about their actions when behind the wheel.
The mock car accidents highlight just how bad a simple decision can turn out. In the United States, almost nine people are killed, and another 1,000 injured each day in a distracted driving accident. With all of today’s technology, there are many distractions present for motorists. The main distraction many are aware of is a cell phone. Unfortunately, many motorists feel they are able to drive while talking or texting on a cell phone.
In reality, texting and driving is an extremely dangerous practice. At 55 mph, sending or reading a text will take your eyes off the road for almost five seconds. In that time and at the speed, you would have covered the length of a football field. A lot can happen in those moments. You should also keep in mind that many distractions exist outside of a cell phone. A GPS can be distracting, as can other people in your car. You should try not to mess with any controls while driving as well, because they can be distracting as well.
Drunk driving is also a well known cause of car accidents. In 2016 there were 10,497 people killed in alcohol-related accidents. Drinking and driving is never a good choice and the consequences could be catastrophic.
Being a victim of a distracted or drunk driver is not ideal. On top of dealing with injuries, you will end up with medical bills and may even see your daily life altered. That is why you need the help of Salter Ferguson Law, an Alabama law firm experienced in distracted driving and drunk driving accidents. Their attorneys handle the full gamut of automobile accidents and will do their best to get you the compensation you deserve. While you take the time to recover, Salter Ferguson Law will build you a strong case. So, if you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted or drunk driving accident, you should call 877-298-4878 to schedule a consultation today.
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