In many ways improving road safety revolves around actions taken while on the road-traveling at a safe speed, obeying traffic lights, watching for stop signs, and similar actions. These calls for careful, safe driving are obviously focused on limiting the negligence on the road that leads to serious car accidents. However, the fact remains that no matter how careful one drives, there is always a consistent risk of being caught in the crosshairs of another driver’s own misconduct. Unfortunately, even the most careful drivers fall victim in deadly car accidents all the time.
For that reason, pre-emptive safety measures are of vital importance while traveling on the road. While you cannot permanently insulate yourself against reckless drivers, everyone can take steps to minimize the damage caused by run-ins with other vehicles. The most important and obvious pre-emptive safety measure is the use of seat-belts. The severity of injury is often drastically reduced when safety belts are used.
Unfortunately drivers are killed every day because of their failure to wear the appropriate safety devices. For example, KAIT 8 News reported on an Illinois car accident last week that took the life of a 78-year old woman.
The victim was traveling on US highway 63, near the Illinois-Missouri border, when her car ran off the road. The vehicle flew down an embankment on the side of the highway, hit a culvert, flipped into the air, and landed upside-down. The woman was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident and died as a result of her injuries.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti are saddened by the loss. We continue to encourage all travelers to double-check their use of safety-belts at all times. That small step may literally be the difference between life and death when car accidents strike.
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