In 2021, there have already been at least 196 injuries related to Staten Island crashes — and it’s only the end of April. Unfortunately, crashes happen for all kinds of reasons, from speeding and impatience to drunk driving and distractions.
On Sunday, April 18, area police officers once again had to respond to another collision with injuries. Emergency crews arrived at the scene of a crash in Travis and discovered that two people had been hurt. The crash, which happened at around 6:50 a.m. required at least one patient to head to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, by ambulance.
This is just one example of the many collisions that have happened in the city so far this year.
How to avoid being among those injured in a crash
Dozens of people have already been hurt in crashes in 2021, but what can people do to prevent collisions? There are some simple tips that could help you protect yourself and your family when you’re out there on the road:
- Reduce your speed. Slowing down while driving in the area is the first good tip. In the spring and summer, this area sees more tourists, so be aware that there may be drivers who are unfamiliar with the area nearby.
- Get rid of distractions. Whether you’re changing radio stations, eating or talking on the phone, the likelihood is that you’re at least mildly distracted. To avoid a crash, focus on the road and what you’re doing. If you can’t focus, pull over until you’re able to continue safely.
- Obey the traffic laws. Always slow down for yellow lights, and stop before they turn red. Don’t make sudden lane changes without using a turn signal, and always look both ways before entering an intersection.
It all sounds so easy, right? Just taking some time to focus on the road helps you become a better driver. Unfortunately, a lot of drivers still won’t heed these simple pieces of advice, which means that you’re always vulnerable to someone else’s mistake when you’re driving. If you’re involved in a wreck, an experienced attorney can help you obtain fair compensation for your losses.