Sadly, car accident stories come in great numbers – numbers even greater than those reported and recorded in car accident statistics.
Although many fatal auto accident stories are reported in the media and are handled by the police, there are many more non-fatal car accidents that occur on a daily basis that never get reported.
I'm not just referring to news reports, but even police reports are often not made when people want to avoid filing claims with their insurance companies, etc. That's not always a good idea, but we'll discuss that later.
Although it is highly advisable to file a report on any car accident regardless of whether there is a fatality or injury or not, a lot of people do not report non-fatal and minor accidents anymore.
Filing a report means getting involved in all the hassle of talking to the police, filling out reports, and going over all the legal requirements. This is why when the accident is minor, even two-party accidents are sometimes simply settled without any formal police report.
This just means that the car accident statistics we know about do not tell us the whole truth. The rate of car accidents is higher than we believe, which makes car accidents even more dangerous because we are not sufficiently informed and guarded against them.
We only hear or read about the fatal auto accident stories that make it to the media, but when you read personal stories online or talk to friends or colleagues, you will realize that there are far more car accident stories circulating around than the media reports.
Stories about car accidents can serve a valuable purpose. In fact, here's an example of a car accident story you probably haven't have heard but can teach some important safety lessons.
A woman from Illinois was driving her van to work one morning when she encountered, and avoided, a snow plow. In her efforts to avoid the snow plow, she failed to notice a pickup truck come up behind her.
The pickup truck was unable to stop because of the slippery road, so it hit the woman’s van. The impact pushed the rear and middle seats toward the front seats, and the back window was pushed out.
Fortunately, the woman was wearing her seatbelt, which kept her from going through the van’s windshield.
This is a good reminder to all drivers to:
Every auto accident can be evaluated to determine lessons to be learned and rules to remember.
Accidents cannot possibly be controlled; the only thing you can do is take necessary precautions to minimize the risks. And if accidents do happen, the important thing is to minimize the damage or injury. There are some things you can do to protect yourself.
First, when buying a car, make sure to check the safety features of the car. Always wear seat-belts when you drive. Make sure that your fellow passengers are also wearing their seat-belts. And finally, be a cautious driver. This way, you can minimize the risks of accidents.
A lot of car accidents can be avoided. Some are inevitable. They happen a lot more frequently than we realize. Become the best driver you can be to keep yourself and your family safe.
Have you been in a car accident? If yes, share your story. If no, read about other people’s stories. Most auto accident stories do not make pretty reading, but they all work towards one purpose: preventing similar accidents from happening.
So be part of the campaign to protect people from car accidents. Share your thoughts and warnings.
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