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How Did That Happen?

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On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:50AM | By: Karen Cook

How Did That Happen?

Are you a good driver? Most of us think so, but traffic accidents accounted for 33,808 deaths in 2009. That number has risen since. Crashes cost Americans $200 billion a year according to the Department of Transportation. The question is, are these really “accidents” or could they have been prevented.

The leading cause of collisions is that the driver is distracted. Topping the distractions list is, of course, cell phone usage. There are numerous other things we feel the need to do while driving though. Do you eat in your car? Do you look at your radio to tune it or change a CD? How often have you tried to get something out of the back seat while flying down the road? How many times have you seen someone putting on makeup in the rear view mirror? This type of “accident” happens 1.5 million times each year. Conclusion: All completely avoidable.

18% of the total yearly cost of accidents and one third of fatal crashes can be attributed to speeding. I know, you just gotta get there… and the sooner the better! Well, this is the price we pay for leaving the house late, not accounting for other people trying to get to their important destinations too, and just plain impatience. You might get “there” quicker, or you might not get there at all. Weigh your options. Do you want to pay for someone else’s hurry? Should they have to pay for yours?

Conclusion: Totally avoidable.

The Department of Transportation reports that one in three people will be involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver at some point in their lives. Bottom line: Don’t do it. Ever. No one should be dying to having a good time.

Conclusion: Absolutely avoidable!

What about the true “accidents”? Like if you have to fly a car to school and you happen to land in a particularly viscous tree? Sometimes an accident is unavoidable and sometimes you just have to scratch your head and say, “How in the world did that happen?” Take a gander at the pictures to see what I mean.

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