When people say they see their life flash before their eyes, they really do. Recently, I was involved in a car accident and it was the scariest experience of my life. From this I learned how many people are affected by reckless driving and really how important car safety is. It was a normal Tuesday morning and I was on my way to school. Everything seemed normal until it wasn't. All I can remember is a loud noise and a car filled with white smoke. It was terrifying.
Did you know nearly 1.25 million people die in car accidents each year, that's 3,287 deaths each day. North Carolina is responsible for 267,494 of those deaths. In 2016 Buncombe county had 23 deaths due to car accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of death that occurred in 15-29 year olds. Apart from the deaths, another 20-50 million are injured or disabled each year from car wrecks. Worldwide car accident are the 9th most premature death. According to ASIRT, by 2030 car accidents will be in the top five of the most deaths worldwide.
In order for this issue to stop, or at least slow down we need to fix it. The most important thing to do is put your seatbelt on as soon as you get in the car so if anything were to happen you would be as safe as possible. The next thing is to always remain focused on the road. If you feel yourself dozing off, pull over and get some water to wake you up, get out and walk around, and if you really have to take a nap because it's always better to be safe than sorry. Don't ever look at your phone while you're driving, whatever is happening on your phone can wait. The most accidents occur during rainy or snowy weather. To stay safe listen to your local radio station to see if it's risky or not to be on the road. When you are driving try and stay mindful of all of these things and keep as safe as you can.
Story by Maya Fuchs