A look at auto accident fatalities

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Data that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2014, there were 29,989 deadly traffic collisions in the U.S. These accidents claimed the lives of far too many drivers, bicyclists, passengers and pedestrians. In San Francisco, and other busy parts of California, the risk of being involved in a fatal auto accident is especially high and it is vital for drivers to make accident prevention a top priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32,000 people lose their lives in traffic accidents per year. Nearly one-third of these fatalities are the result of a driver who was traveling at excessive speeds, while one-third had a driver who was operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. During 2013, the rate of fatal car accidents in America was significantly higher in comparison to other nations with a high income and fewer Americans used their front seat belts.

The CDC also outlined a number of steps that drivers as well as passengers can take to reduce the likelihood of passing away in a traffic accident. For example, drivers should avoid any distractions, such as cell phones, while they are on the road. Drivers should never get in a car after consuming too much alcohol or while intoxicated due to drugs and they should carefully monitor speed limits. Additionally, parents should always make sure that their children are using seat belts or car seats appropriately. Moreover, drivers and others riding in cars should always wear their seat belts.

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