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Common-sense advice for avoiding common accident types

The holidays are here and the hectic pace on the streets, roads and highways in and around Cherry Hill is picking up. One of the last things anyone puts on their shopping list is a car crash that will result in injuries, but unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents happen, often involving safe drivers who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Safety expert and author Steve Casner has analyzed data collected for the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey to determine which types of motor vehicle crashes are most common. Casner wrote "Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds."

The writer points out that there's a wealth of accident data to study. There are more than 6 million car wrecks annually and about 40,000 fatalities each year. Some fundamental safety precautions can help you avoid being the cause of a holiday crash. For instance:

  • Don't drink and drive and don't let your friends or family do it either
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times
  • Don't use your phone while you're behind the wheel

Casner says there are some common-sense approaches that can help you causing other common types of crashes, including the following:

  • Get enough sleep: about 7 percent of all crashes are caused by people who fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Pay attention to weather conditions: about 11 percent of all crashes are caused by people who lose control of their vehicles. Loss of control often involves a driver going too fast or one not paying attention to rain or snow.
  • Don't roll through red light turns: drivers slowing but not stopping before making a right-hand turn at a red light account for about 6 percent of all pedestrian fatalities -- and more than one out of five of those fatalities involve children.

Please be cautious as you drive around Cherry Hill this holiday season. Let's all get to 2018 safely.

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