Despite efforts in 2017 to reduce the number of fatal and injury-causing car accidents, motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of injury and death for those in Boston, surrounding areas of Massachusetts, and the United States as a whole. Indeed, an article published by The Boston Globe in early 2017 reported that “car crash deaths surge,” and Vision Zero Boston reports that from the start of 2017 through October 2017 (data for more recent months has not yet been published), there were 3,790 injury crashes reported in the city of Boston.

As such, one of the best things that you may be able to do for yourself and others this New Year is to resolve to be a better driver. Here are some tips for how:

Put Away Distractions

According to the same article in The Boston Globe cited above, the reason for the increase in crashes may be distracted driving, which has mainly been driven by more people using cellphones and other devices while behind the wheel. If you’re driving, focus on driving, which means putting food, cellphones, beverages, etc. away, keeping your hands at ten and two, and keeping your eyes on the road.

Manage Aggressive Driving

Distracted driving isn’t the only thing that’s causing accidents in Boston – aggressive driving is a huge risk factor, too. In fact, AAA cites data concluding that over a five-year time period, over half of all fatal crashes that occurred involved at least one aggressive driver. Aggressive driving includes behaviors like speeding, tailgating, cutting another driver off, racing, weaving in front of traffic, running a red light or stop sign, and more. If you tend to fall victim to road rage and give into the urge to drive aggressively as such, find a way to manage your mood, be it breathing therapy, peaceful music, or just a reminder to yourself that road rage and aggression just aren’t worth it.

Slow Your Speed

Are you a person who likes to push the limit when it comes to speed, especially if you know you can get away with it? If so, be careful – the faster you are traveling, the more likely you are to have an accident and the more severe damages are likely to be. Remember, your life, and the safety of you, your family, and those around you are much more important than getting to your destination a few minutes early. Never go above the speed limit, and slow your speed when conditions warrant it.

Have a Safe 2018!

At the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC, we hope that your 2018 is safe and accident-free. If you are involved in a crash this year as a result of fault or error of another party, we want to help you file a claim and recover compensation for any injuries or damages you’ve suffered. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Boston car accident attorneys, please call us at (617) 933-3858, or send us a brief message with a description of your case and your contact information.