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July and August are the most dangerous months

Summer has always been the time to get outside and do things. People are more active, whether that means walking and biking city streets or hopping in the car for a road trip. When more people are out and about, the data says that more people also suffer from accidents.

The National Safety Council shared data earlier this summer showing that July and August are the leading months each year in terms of preventable deaths. A preventable death might include car, motorcycle or bicycle accident, or it may come from a house fire or a slip and fall accident. They are defined by the cause-effect relationship where the cause could have been avoided.

Human error is a leading cause

Most accidents are avoidable. Data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration finds that over 90 percent of car accidents are the result of human error. It’s a number that’s remained consistent over the years and is frequently cited today as auto manufacturers are developing self-driving cars.

Human error comes in many forms. The two most obvious causes, with car accidents, are drunk/intoxicated driving and distracted driving. While both are egregious examples, seemingly minor actions like failing to come to a complete stop, swerving to avoid an animal, taking a drink of coffee or squinting into the sun can cause an accident and serious harm.

The examples of human causes are infinite, but many begin with:

  • Personal behavior
  • Physical condition
  • Mental state
  • Distraction
  • Driving experience

Preventable means there is fault

A car accident can cause many different injuries. Often, a seemingly minor injury escalates with time. What begins as an ache or dizzy spell may later be diagnosed as something more severe, like a concussion.

Although human error is a part of life, the justice system holds parties accountable for their actions. If you’re injured in an accident, the first step is to seek medical treatment for your injuries. If another party is liable for your injuries, it’s important that they take responsibility. If you’re uncertain how to proceed or if you need help collecting restitution for your injuries, it is helpful to consult with an attorney about your case.

The July and August statistics are a sobering reminder that humans are prone to error and distraction. When driving, walking or bicycling, always remain alert and aware of your surroundings and limitations to avoid putting yourself or others in harm’s way.

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