The New York Times recently published an article about two people who were nearly killed as they stood beside a highway dealing with a flat tire. The motorists were fortunately able to jump out of the way just moments before the car was hit by a truck.
The New York Times covered the near-miss incident because it involved officials from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (F.I.A.), an organization that governs motor sports and road clubs worldwide. The officials had a trunk full of brochures at the time of the incident that contained a list of 10 Golden Rules for road safety. The Times indicates that if the trucker and been following the rules contained on the brochure, perhaps the incident would not have occurred.
The 10 Golden Rules for road safety were developed to deal with what the F.I.A. views as a worldwide epidemic of bad driving that is on par with a worldwide disease epidemic. Dangerous driving costs 1.3 million lives worldwide already and by 2020, around two million people will die each year in traffic collisions. Around 50 million people also get hurt each year in motor vehicle accidents. If drivers were a little better about following best practices for safety, fewer people would be hurt or killed. Motorists need to know their rights and should consult with a personal injury lawyer if they are involved in a collision that causes injury.
Driver Safety Rules Could Save Lives
The F.I.A.’s 10 Golden Rules for Road Safety include the following:
- Drivers should pledge to buckle up at all times.
- Helmets should be worn to protect the head when riding a motorcycle or bicycling on the roads.
- Drivers should regularly check tire pressure and should ensure tire treads are not worn to avoid a blow tire that could cause the car to spin out of control. Tire pressure can fluctuate with temperature changes and drivers should not simply rely on manufacturer alerts to tell them when they need to put more air in their tires.
- Drivers must respect all of the rules of the road every time they get into a vehicle. Any driver who does not obey the rules of the road is presumed negligent for purposes of a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the United States.
- Drivers should drive sober and never consume alcohol before drinking. According to the NHTSA, there are 10,000 U.S. deaths each year resulting from impaired driving. In Ohio, 385 people died in drunk driving collisions in 2012 according to statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
- Drivers should focus on the road and avoid distraction. Distraction.gov warns of distractions including cell phones, electronic devices, eating while driving and grooming. Distraction-related collisions caused 3,328 fatalities in the U.S. in 2012.
- Drivers should avoid driving when they are tired.
- Drivers should express courtesy and respect at all times.
Too many drivers fail to follow these basic safety tips and endanger themselves and others.
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