Friday, July 4, 2008

Car Accidents - Car Owner - Road Safety Agencies

The WHO statistics indicate that more than one million people die in road accidents worldwide every year. Surveys of road accidents point to a multitude of factors that contribute to these unfortunate events.

Car Accidents - Their Causes
Automobile boom has no doubt fuelled economic growth, but it has also brought about a rise in the number of car accidents causing deaths and injuries to millions each year. Statistically speaking car accidents can never be avoided in totality. Nevertheless, a lot can still be done to considerably improve road safety.

An insight into the contributing factors of car accidents will provide a fair idea as to how we can improve road safety.

    • Human factor – Human factors contribute to more than half the car accidents reported. The causes of accidents include intoxication, driver error and concentration lapse.
    • Speed Choices – Statistically, speeding causes more automobile accidents than lower controlled speeds. However, risks of accidents are always high when cars are traveling both at lower and higher than average designated speeds.
    • Driver impairment – Physical fitness and mental alertness of the driver play a significant role while driving. Driving requires good reflexes and split second decisions. Poor eyesight, fatigue, old age, and disability can seriously impair a person’s ability to drive safely.
    • Road conditions – Badly constructed and designed roads cause accidents even when drivers adopt all safety measures.
    • Roadworthiness of vehicles – Improperly maintained cars can result in serious mechanical failure. The onus is on the car owner to keep the car in top shape for his own safety.

It is for the government and road safety agencies to take stock of the above factors and identify solutions that can reduce the rate of injury and fatality.

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