According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 100 people each day. In 2020, nearly 41,000 people died in car and motorcycle crashes in the United States.
But we can all prevent crash injuries and deaths. Whether you are a driver or passenger, you can take these simple steps to stay safe:
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Make sure that children riding with you are in an appropriate and correctly installed car or booster seat.
- If you drive or ride on a motorcycle, wear a helmet.
- Observe posted speed limits, and slow down in bad weather.
- Take special care when driving at night, especially in unfamiliar or rural areas.
- Don't drive if you are using any substances.
- Be familiar with local traffic laws.
- Don't drive distracted. Don't text while driving.