Three Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Personal Injuries in the New Year
Many of us end up making new year’s resolutions concerning ways we can improve our health. You might decide to stop smoking, lose weight, or begin a fitness regimen. While these are all excellent ideas, one of your biggest concerns should be dangerous behaviors that increase your risk for accidents and personal injuries. Motor vehicle accidents involving drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, slip and fall accidents, and on-the-job injuries are among the most common threats. The following are three ways you can protect yourself.
- Slow Down
Rushing through tasks increases the risk of careless mistakes, and makes slip and fall accidents and work-related injuries more likely to occur. In terms of car accidents, speeding is particularly dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) speeding reduces your ability to respond to changes in traffic, weather, and road conditions and makes serious injuries more likely to occur. In nearly a third of the estimated 50,000 fatal car accidents that occur in the United States each year, speeding and driving too fast for conditions is a leading contributing factor.
- Pay Attention
While most of us are aware of the potential dangers caused by using cell phones, texting, or engaging in other types of activities behind the wheel, the fact is that being distracted increases your risk of being in a pedestrian accident as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian accidents occur roughly every seven seconds, resulting in serious injuries and proving fatal for as many as 12 people each day. Listening to music on earbuds or staring at your phone can cause you to be less alert to traffic signals, along with putting you at risk for serious slip, trip, and fall injuries.
- Practice Caution
While accidents often occur for reasons beyond our control, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Taking a cab home after a night drinking, using crosswalks at busy intersections, and being aware of general dangers that may be around you can all reduce your personal injury risks. At work, be aware of general safety guidelines, use the appropriate protective gear, and follow recommended procedures when bending, lifting, or stretching to reach objects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), close to three million people are injured on the job each year. Protect yourself by being aware of the potential hazards on your job site.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Despite your best efforts, accidents and personal injuries can still occur. When they do, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III. Our experienced Fort Pierce personal injury attorney can advise you on the best course of action to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Unfortunately, even seemingly minor injuries can cause lasting disabilities, which end up costing you in terms of medical expenses and lost wages. Before accepting a settlement that is less than what you deserve, call or contact us online and request a free consultation.