Driving is a regular part of modern life. We drive to work, school, and anywhere else we need to go. While it’s a wonderful convenience, it also creates a new set of hazards that each driver must be prepared to contend with. The first step in avoiding a traffic accident is to understand what often causes them.
- Distractions While Driving
Distractions can be a big problem when you get behind the wheel. It is the responsibility of the driver to pay attention and be aware of their surroundings. With smartphones and other technology, we have more distractions than ever while driving. In 2013, there were a total of 1,343 hospitalisations and 19 fatalities on roads in Queensland that were caused by distracted drivers. Around 76% of residents in Queensland drive while using their mobile phones, making themselves 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
- Drinking and Driving
Drink driving is another problem that is completely avoidable. A total of 64 drink driving-caused fatalities were reported in Queensland in 2016. That’s nearly a quarter of all traffic deaths. The higher your blood alcohol level, or BAC, the more likely you are to be involved in a serious accident. What’s even worse is that 1 in 4 drivers stated that they do not know what the legal alcohol limit is for safe driving.
- Driver Fatigue
Fatigue is another avoidable issue that most drivers don’t think about until it is too late. Nearly 15% of all fatalities reported between 2008 and 2013 in Queensland were caused by driver fatigue. Almost 30% of fatigue-caused accidents happen during school and public holidays. Studies have shown that drivers who are awake for over 17 hours are similar to those that are driving with a 0.05 or higher BAC.
- Unrestrained Passengers
Putting on a seatbelt takes seconds, yet many passengers and drivers still choose to skip the restraint. This is a big mistake that can cost you dearly. Anyone in a moving vehicle that is not wearing their seatbelt is 8 times more likely to die in an accident. Men in the 30 to 39 year old age group who were not wearing proper safety restraints were among the most frequently killed demographic in 2011.
- Driving Too Fast
High speed is another major factor when it comes to injury on the road. There were a total of 65 fatalities in Queensland in 2014 that were the result of speeding. Nearly 1,000 people die due to high speed driving annually. And you may be surprised to learn that approximately half of speeding accidents occur at only 10 km per hour or less over the legal speed limit.
Traffic Accident Claims
When a traffic accident happens, you may be eligible to receive compensation. There are a number of things that you can submit a claim for, including:
- Loss of income
- Loss of superannuation funds
- Pain & suffering
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses related to medical care
- Medical equipment
- Lost interest
What will be considered eligible for compensation depends on each individual case. Regardless of the cause, recovering can be difficult and may take months or even years. Understanding the cause of most crashes can help you avoid becoming a statistic while on the road.
If you’ve been injured in a road accident and need a lawyer on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane, contact Carew Laywers now.