June is National Safety Month
The National Safety Council has named June of 2015 National Safety Month. This year's National Safety Month theme is entitled "What I Live For," and focuses on "reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities." At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident and Personal Injury law firm, this theme perfectly encapsulates our desire to serve victims of accidents and personal injury who were hurt through no fault of their own.
In keeping with the spirit of National Safety Month, the Car Accident and Personal Injury attorneys at Del Rio & Carichoff wanted to go back and examine our efforts to help spread the message of safety in the Sacramento and California communities. There are so many outstanding programs that we have highlighted over the past year to help raise safety awareness among our readers and clients. This month, we want to recap and once again promote the message of safety on the roads, in workplaces and in the community.
Seatbelts Save Lives!
Seatbelts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide in 2013, according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From May 18th to May 31st of 2015, Police and Traffic Enforcement officers in California and throughout the U.S stepped up enforcement of seatbelt laws during the Click It or Ticket Campaign.
• Vehicle crashes are the number 1 cause of death for young adults
ages 5 to 24.
• 55% of teenagers that died in vehicle crashes in 2012 were not wearing their seat belt.
• In 2013, 45% of drivers and 48% of passengersthat were fatally injured in a traffic accident were not wearing a seat belt.
• 49 out of 50 states in the U.S, including the District of Columbia, have mandatory seat belt laws for all drivers on the books.
Read more about the importance of seatbelt safety here, and if you are the parent of a young driver, remind them of how vitally important it is to buckle up every time they are in the car.
Don't Text & Drive!
Texting and driving is quickly becoming a problem on America's roads and highways that almost rivals the dangers of drunk driving. While drunk driving is a well-known danger to drivers of all ages, distracted driving is a fast growing problem about which many motorists still lack awareness and education.
Back in December of 2014, Del Rio & Carichoff shared some troubling statistics about attitudes regarding texting and driving, and using mobile phones and devices while behind the wheel. Most disturbing was the fact that while many drivers admitted they knew the risks associated with behavior, they still found themselves taking their phones out of their pockets while operating their vehicles. A poll of California drivers revealed some very concerning statistics, including:
• Approximately 70% of California drivers surveyed said they had been
hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone in 2013.
• 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related car crashes in 2012, and another 421,000 people were injured.
• Approximately 70% of respondents also believed that using a hands-free phone was safer than using a hand-held phone while driving. Research indicates that the risks are, in fact, almost identical.
• 45% of all respondents admitted to texting & driving themselves
This data indicates that even though drivers disapprove of distracted driving when they see other motorists doing it, nearly half of surveyed respondents could not stop themselves from committing the same mistake. Del Rio & Carichoff represents hundreds of victims of car accidents caused by drivers that were distracted, reckless or intoxicated. We do not want to see any more Sacramento or California drivers affected by this selfish behavior. Keep your phone on silent until you arrive safely at your destination.
Practice Proper Motorcycle Safety!
One of the accomplishments that our firm is most proud of so far in 2015 is helping to protect the rights and safety of California's thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. There are roughly 750,000 active motorcycle riders on California's roadways, and all motorists must take steps to ensure that we all share the roads and highways safely.
Del Rio & Carichoff helped spread awareness about Motorcycle Safety by sharing this informative and helpful infographic that we created ourselves on the topic of motorcycle helmets and their evolution over time. We are happy to once again share this story with our readers:
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We live in an age where motorcycle helmets can save thousands of lives every year. If you are a motorcycle owner or rider, take advantage of this amazing technology and wear your helmet at all times while out on the road.
Everyone has a right to enjoy safety on our roads and highways, in our workplaces and in our communities. If you or a loved one are ever faced with a dangerous or unsafe situation caused by the negligence of another party, Del Rio & Carichoff will be here to support you and help you through your difficult time.
When injured in an accident, you do have a safe place to turn for help!
Call us today, and you can speak to an experienced and dedicated Sacramento, California Car Accident and Personal Injury attorney for FREE. Our legal team will help review the details of your case and will ensure that you get the best possible legal representation from the start of your claim through to the finish.
As always, if we do not achieve a recovery for you, there will never be an attorney's fee. At Del Rio & Carichoff, we don't get paid until you do. It's that simple.