Driving can be dangerous or fatal

For many, driving is just a fact of their everyday life. It is so deeply ingrained that they barely have to put any active thought into it.

What they don’t realize is that driving is an extremely dangerous activity. Here are a couple of quick facts on car accidents in the United States:

  • More than 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
  • An additional 2,350,000 people are injured or rendered disabled

Danger factors in traffic

Driving and sitting in slow-moving traffic go hand-in-hand. More than being frustrating, traffic can make a simple car journey more dangerous. The elements that increase the risk factor of driving in traffic include:

  • Closely-packed cars
  • Inconsistent speeds
  • Road rage
  • Impatience

How to avoid a crash

Most people will not be able to avoid driving in traffic altogether, so here are some strategies to stay safe on the road:

  • Try to keep a car’s length distance between yourself and the person in front of you
  • Don’t get distracted so you can keep track of the speed of traffic
  • Don’t give into impatient impulses or road rage

If you got in a crash because of a negligent driver, you might be entitled to compensation. Reach out to a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.