Preventing Car Accidents Throughout The Year

The month of June is designated as a time when safety organizations in Illinois and around the country raise awareness about the top causes of preventable accidents and injuries and how these accidents might be avoided. During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council offers tips and education around a certain safety issue every week.

The NSC designated the third week of June as a time to learn more about preventing slips, trips and falls. During the final week of June, the NSC wants to educate people on how better to prevent car accidents and associated injuries.

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries for all ages. For people under the age of 75, car accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries. (For people older than 75, falls are the leading cause of brain injuries.) The NSC wants people to consider during the last week of June how they can prevent motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents all year long.

The leading causes of preventable car accident injuries and deaths are distracted driving, impaired driving and aggressive driving. When a car or truck driver operates their vehicle in an aggressive manner or drives while using a handheld phone or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they put others on the road at risk, such as pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists.

To prevent these accidents, drive sober, put away your phone while driving and give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going to avoid driving aggressively.

The NSC points out that car accidents are the leading cause of unintentional death in teens. Talk to your teens about safe driving habits and model these behaviors. The NSC website offers educational materials for parents in helping their kids to drive safely.

Be safe on the roads and remember to always buckle your seat belt.