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Car Accidents — A Silent Epidemic

Car Accidents — A Silent Epidemic

Road safety and security doesn’t only depend on the car, but also on the education of the driver. Drivers who think they are racers or crazy motorcyclists trying to break speed records are still among the regular drivers.

A silent, yet violent epidemic affects many parts of the world. Deadly car accidents affect people, but often the impact collectively felt remains invisible, unexposed and neglected. However, in these countries, the deadly car accidents reached epidemic proportions, specially in the last decade.

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The Silent Epidemic

The wounds caused by car accidents are among the top 10 death reasons in European and Asian countries, according to the World Bank report called “Fighting The Death On Wheels”[1]. About 80,000 people died in 2007, only in Eastern Europe. Other big mortality rates are observed in Montenegro, Georgia, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria. For every death, about several other people are injured.

What Can Be Done To Stop This Silent Epidemic?

In order to stop the death on wheels, countries may need to adopt a very complex safety system to be implemented systematically and with consistency over the next 20 to 30 years. Also, perhaps there should be additional seminars and reviews for drivers, the strict monitoring and surveillance, as well as different insurance options. Not just the deaths should concern the authorities, but also the huge economic costs which consist of many factors such as repairing the roads and facilities that were affected from the accident.

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The deathly car accidents disrupt the development of capital, which is essential for our smooth-going economic and social welfare. The silent epidemic has negative effects on the population. The wounds caused by car accidents are a main cause of death among children and teenagers. Ill-attentive driving due to mobile phones and text messaging leads to more and more accidents, often killing innocent people.

Some of the low safety quality of traffic is the result of the damaged roads; the increase of the number of second hand, old and unsafe vehicles; and most important by the traffic behavior of drivers.

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Driving Under The Influence

Driving under the influence is also a factor with a major contribution. It is a common occurance worldwide, and even though it is widespread knowledge that drunk driving can put you in a lot of trouble, not only for yourself but also for the would-be victims, there are still many who chose to disobey the law. In Pennsylvania alone, around 64,000 people are arrested due to DUIs (driving under influence) while almost 8,000 are injured due to alcohol-related incidences[2].

Final Thoughts

Road reparation and construction is necessary in order to prevent more auto accidents and save lives. It also increases the opportunities of employment, hiring people who would possibly be out of a job. Most countries, especially Europe, have invested a lot within the last decade for the improvement of their road transport networks—this is a great start. However, the silent epidemic of the death on wheels keeps reducing the benefits of these investments. Therefore, extra efforts are needed and should be pushed in order to reduct auto accidents and auto-related deaths further.

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So, What Can You Do?

While a lot of this is out of your control, there are still some things you can do to help prevent car accidents and car-related deaths. Here’s what you can do:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • If you do drink always make sure someone who is sober is there to pick you up.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • Take a driving course to brush up on your skills.
  • Make sure your driving license isn’t expired.

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Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

Common Sense

There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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Motorcycles

Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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Walking

People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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Final Thoughts

The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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