According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual cost of car crash injuries is more than $99 billion across the country. These injuries are so common that they are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of one and 34. Even minor injuries can be expensive when they require a trip to the hospital and tests such as X-rays and MRIs.
When the injuries are more severe, they may require additional, long-term treatment, which comes with even greater costs.
Key safety tips to avoid collisions
With this in mind, it’s important for all drivers and passengers to take some simple steps to reduce possible injuries that could occur in an auto accident. For example, wearing a seatbelt can represent the difference between suffering only minor injuries and being thrown from a vehicle, something that tends to be fatal for victims.
In addition, motorists should avoid high-risk behavior such as traveling at excessive speeds, reckless driving and operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drivers should also put away their cell phones when behind the wheel, as mobile devices provide hazardous distractions. If you have a tough time not looking at your phone while your vehicle is in motion, experts suggest turning it off completely.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a Florida car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for any injuries or property damage that has occurred. To learn more, contact the skilled attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh today.