12 Feb Love Means Safety
It’s impossible to go anywhere in Tulsa during February without noticing that it’s the season of love. This week is Valentine’s Day. That means a lot of shopping, a lot of giving, and a lot of celebrating. And because of all that celebrating, it also means a lot of accidents.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, driving fatality rates are always higher during holiday periods. Valentine’s Day is no exception, so if you’re going out, be careful.
Traffic deaths in Oklahoma
Oklahomans were involved in 624 fatal crashes in 2016, resulting in 683 deaths. That’s from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to a study published on their website, that’s 17.4 deaths per 100,000 in population. That puts us ninth from the top of that list, and that’s not a good top ten to make.
Research shows that 56.0 percent of Americans drink regularly, and more drink during special celebrations. Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for nearly a third of all traffic deaths. Young partygoers are particularly at risk. The NHTSA says most alcohol-impaired drivers are 21 to 24. Whatever age you are, you might consider celebrating this year without alcohol. But if you do drink, don’t drive.
Drunk driving is not the only thing putting people at risk on the road. In 2015, 3,477 Americans died in crashes caused by cell-phone-distracted driving. A shocking 69% of Americans admit to driving while texting or using their phones. Show love to your family and loved ones this year by putting the phone away while you’re on the road.
At Truskett Law, one of our core values is safety. All of us can help make our city safer if we follow these simple safety rules.
Pay attention to the road.
Avoid using your phone while driving.
Do not drink and drive.
Obey the speed limit.
Wear your seatbelt.
Do not drive tired.
Be extra careful in bad weather.
Keep a safe distance between you and other cars.
Maintain a safe vehicle.
At Truskett Law, we are passionate about making Tulsa a safer place for its citizens and visitors, and we understand that this is only made possible when judges and juries enforce safety rules. If you’ve been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in an auto accident, you need representation now. Please do not hesitate to call us at (918) 392-5444. Your consultation is free and always confidential. We will work for you.