Every year during August and September, most schools are back in session for a new academic school year. However, for commuters, a new school year means more traffic on the road.
For stay-at-home parents, a new school year means that children are out of the house for a good portion of the day, which gives them some more free time at home. While some parents are lucky to have their children picked up by a school bus, others are faced with fighting through rush-hour traffic just to get your children to school on time. Plus, getting to the drop-off area is another traffic nightmare.
If you have been involved in an auto accident and have suffered a personal injury, a chiropractor may be able help you recover from your injuries. Chiropractors are fully knowledgeable of personal injuries and know exactly how to help you. If you’ve been in an accident, don’t wait to call because your personal injuries may get worse in time. Call your local chiropractor to schedule a consultation today.
As parents, the most important part of the morning commute to school is getting your children there safely. Unfortunately, more cars on the road also means that the chances of an auto accident increase. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents are more likely to happen during the fall and winter months because of road conditions (nhtsa.gov, 2015).
Since there are more drivers on the road during the fall and winter months compared to the summer months, there are also a high number of drivers that are distracted while driving. In fact, a study published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that distracted drivers cause a minimum of nine fatalities and over 1,000 auto accident injuries per year, and approximately 45 percent of teenagers in the United States text while driving (cdc.gov, 2015). Aside from the increased number of drivers on the road, whether distracted or not, road conditions are also major contributor to auto accidents during morning and evening rush-hour commutes.
If you have been involved in an auto accident that resulted in a personal injury, rest assured that medical help is not far from you. A chiropractor is fully knowledgeable of personal injuries and know exactly how to help you. If you’ve been in an accident, don’t wait to call because your personal injuries may get worse in time. Call your local chiropractor to schedule a consultation today.
Recently, the National Safety Council reported that an estimated 40,000 people died from auto accidents in 2016, which was a six percent increase from 2015 (nsc.org, 2017). Although the majority of these deaths involved DUI, there were still a significant number of auto-accident-related deaths that involved distracted drivers. Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting an auto accident or a personal injury from the crash without some sort of artificial intelligence in our vehicles, so for now, we must depend on our own intelligence and observation skills. Below are some tips that may help you and your family stay safe during the rush-hour commute.
Don’t Speed – A speeding vehicle gives the driver less time to stop and it takes a longer distance for the vehicle to come to a complete stop without entering a slide. Most auto accidents during rush-hour commutes involved a person who was speeding.
Don’t Tailgate – Tailgating, in this case, does not refer to the party before a sporting event. Tailgate means driving too close to the car in front of you. Always give at least three to five car lengths in front of you during heavy traffic. Most rear-end accidents are results of tailgating.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing an Intersection – People in a rush tend to blow through red lights during rush hour. At the same time, a person late for work will hit the gas as soon as a traffic light turns green. This is a recipe for disaster. Hoping a person will stop is not a certainty. Don’t take the chance.
DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE – If our message about distracted drivers wasn’t clear above, maybe these large capital letters will help convey the message. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND DRIVE!
If you have been involved in an auto accident and have suffered a personal injury as a result, a chiropractor may be able help you recover from your injuries. Don’t wait to call because your personal injuries may get worse in time. Call your local chiropractor to schedule a consultation today.