Why GibsonSingleton hopes you’ll observe Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
Sixty percent of Americans have driven while sleepy in the past year, while 37 percent admitted having fallen asleep behind the wheel, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll.
We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, drugged driving, speeding, and distracted driving, but not much about fatigued driving. The truth is that drowsy driving can be every bit as dangerous.
It can save you and those you love
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Traffic accidents resulted in more than 37,461 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries in 2016 alone. That’s about 102 people killed each day in car crashes—or one person every 14 minutes!
Yet a simple, highly effective measure you can take to prevent injury and death on America’s roads is using your safety belt. Safety belts have been required in all new vehicles sold in the U.S. since 1968, and most states require all vehicle occupants to wear them.
The “100 deadliest days of driving” end on Labor Day, according to the National Safety Council. And sadly, they often end with a bang because Labor Day consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous days of the year for people on the road, along with Memorial Day and Independence Day.
This year, 45,800 serious traffic-related injuries and 402 traffic fatalities are predicted across the country for the Labor Day weekend, according to the NSC.
Let’s all do our part to lower those numbers here in Eastern Virginia!
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys has launched a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers in this area.
Approximately 90 percent of Americans are regularly wearing their seat belts when driving or riding in a vehicle. That’s a definite majority, but it still leaves 10 percent of the population at risk for serious injury or death if they’re in an accident.
If we could just convince those “non-wearers” to routinely buckle up, we could save more than 20,000 American lives each year, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.
With summer winding down, many Virginians are taking a last road trip before cooler weather arrives. Some are heading to historic locations like Williamsburg or Mount Vernon, while others visit our Commonwealth’s beautiful Atlantic beaches. Others take advantage of the last bit of warm weather by driving or motorcycling through Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive or elsewhere in Virginia’s mountains.
Whether you prefer nature or history, driving a car or riding a motorcycle, you want to be safe on Virginia’s roadways.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children older than 3 in the United States, and they cause almost 180,000 injuries each year.
If you’ve driven anywhere in the past 10 years, you probably have noticed an increase in the number of people who seem to have road rage or who are driving very aggressively.
Road rage is purposely endangering another driver, or committing assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon upon the driver or passengers of another motor vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Each year, hundreds of road construction workers across the country are killed in work zones due to traffic incidents. One of the top causes is drivers who pass on the outside of the construction zone and collide with workers, equipment, or other vehicles. Drivers passing through work zones need to pay attention, follow instructions, and observe the speed limits.
In the United States, we have laws to protect children traveling in cars. However, most states have few or no laws requiring owners to secure their pets in moving vehicles. That’s a problem for pets and people:
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.