Most drivers know that there are steps they can take to help reduce their risk of being killed in a motor vehicle accident. There are many safe driving behaviors, such as driving within the speed limit, never drinking and driving, and putting your cell phone away, which can help. But, despite those efforts, there are many factors which are beyond our control that increases our risk of being in a crash statistic.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), if you are a male, you stand a higher risk of being killed in a crash than if you are female. Males who are between the ages of 20 to 24 years of age or over 85 are the ones who are most at risk.
If you live in one of the top nine states in the country, you are more at risk. These states are California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Texas. And one more: North Carolina. Yes, residents of North Carolina are more at risk of being killed in a crash than residents in 41 other states.
Another factor that puts people at a higher risk is if they live in rural areas and drive a pickup truck. According to national statistics, drivers of pickup truck have a higher rate of being killed in a crash than other vehicles. That risk is compounded if the driver lives in a rural town.
The time of day you drive can also sharply increase your risk, especially if you are driving between the hours of 3 to 9 p.m. This is when the most number of fatal accidents happen. And if you drive in the following days, you are also increasing that risk: July 1, July 4, August 2, October 11, and November 1.
Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts also put themselves at a higher risk of being killed in a crash. Surveys show that almost 90 percent of drivers were their seatbelts all the time. Imagine how much the number of fatalities would skyrocket if they didn’t since statistics also reveal that at least half of all car crash fatalities were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The same type of statistics applies for motorcyclists and helmets. Wearing a helmet reduces a motorcyclist chance of sustaining a head injury in a crash by 50 percent.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to discuss what legal options you may have against the at-fault driver.