If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you probably feel like one is more than enough. Unfortunately, statistics compiled by the car insurance industry suggest that you’ll have three to four accidents over the course of your driving years, and those numbers fluctuate depending on where you live.
A recent report by Allstate said drivers can expect to go just 9.7 years between car accidents in St. Petersburg. You may think that number quite an improvement, though, if you factor in the number Allstate found for car accidents in Tampa. There, drivers go an average of only 7.1 years between accidents.
The sad reality is that if you drive, a car accident at some point is inevitable. In fact, there are an estimated ten million accidents of all different kinds every year. Some of them are just parking lot scrapes, but others quite serious, sometimes involving injuries and fatalities. Thanks to soaring medical costs, an injury sustained in a car accident in Tampa or St. Petersburg could mean thousands in bills.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can prevent accidents.
- Prevent Impaired Driving: Nothing is more likely to cause an accident than a driver who is impaired. From alcohol to drugs to prescription medications, impaired driving simply leads to accidents.
- Eliminate Those Late Nights: Statistically speaking, between midnight and three a.m. on weekends are the deadliest hours on the roadways. If you don’t have to be out then, stay off the roads as much as possible.
- Pay Attention: Keeping your eyes on the road is a good start too. Drivers who use cell phones and other technology inside the car caused more than 5,000 deaths in the last year alone.
- Slow Down: Car accidents in St. Petersburg and Tampa are more likely to happen when drivers speed, and a third of all fatal accidents in the U.S. come from speeding drivers.