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Effective Strategies to Prevent Auto Accidents and Injuries

Effective Strategies to Prevent Auto Accidents and Injuries

Auto accidents and injuries result in death and disability. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some 1.35 million people tragically die each year in car crashes. Moreover, auto injuries that result in disability can shorten or impact the quality of life of young victims between five to 29 years old. These numbers are so grave and alarming that road safety has become a public health issue. Below are effective strategies to prevent auto accidents and injuries, as recommended by experts in Ritecare auto clinic, Hialeah: 1. Always wear a seatbelt when you’re riding in a vehicle. According to the National Safety Commission, 88.5 percent of Americans observe the law of wearing a seatbelt when they are driving or riding in a car. While this practice has been proven to save lives, there are still a few thousand individuals who unnecessarily die or suffer a serious injury for not buckling up during car rides.  Children and teenagers need to be reminded each time they are inside a vehicle to strap their seatbelt on. The responsibility of making sure that this happens lies in the parents or the adults driving the car.  2. Always drive defensively. As a driver, you need to remember the basic rule to stop, look and listen before you hit the gas and turn the steering wheel. Check your rearview and side-view mirrors, as well as looking both left and right on the road a few times, before crossing or turning the car, especially at a busy intersection where other vehicles may sometimes appear out of nowhere.  Leave at least a meter of distance between your...
Common Causes of Auto Injury and How to Prevent Them

Common Causes of Auto Injury and How to Prevent Them

It’s no picnic recovering from an auto injury regardless of whether it’s minor, or serious. This is a reality that our health care providers at Ritecare Medical Center auto clinic in Hialeah are painfully aware of. Aside from the physical struggles, being in a car accident will always be a traumatic experience not to mention the financial burden. Car crashes and auto injury in Hialeah happen for many reasons, below are some of the common causes of auto injuries and how to prevent them. 1. Distracted Driving In 2017, over 3,000 people were killed on the road due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is apparently the leading cause of car accidents, which can also lead to auto injuries and disabilities.  This is a highly preventable situation. Distracted driving won’t happen when the driver pays attention and focuses when behind the wheel. This means resisting to send text messages, make calls, or apply lipstick when you’re in the driver’s seat.  2. Reckless Driving Speeding, abruptly changing lanes, driving under the influence, and behaving aggressively on the road are just some examples of reckless driving. According to the journal Personality and Individual Differences, this might be triggered by a lot of factors, which are mostly behavioral issues like sensation seeking, lacking in perseverance and negative urgency. Behavioral issues can be corrected through self-awareness. If a driver is conscious of what he is doing on the road and makes an effort to correct some bad habits, he can prevent an accident.  On the other hand, driving under the influence is a crime in most states....
Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

A car accident, regardless of the intensity and the damage, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Aside from the financial burden and physical pain, car crash victims who get treatment at Ritecare Medical Center auto clinic in Hialeah come in struggling with the emotional scars that could lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study in the journal of Medicine revealed that survivors of road traffic accidents are 22.5% more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, especially if they were not able to process their experience well. Experts also project that the psychological effects of car accidents could become the third leading cause of disability if the condition is mitigated, or not managed as soon as the signs occur.  Symptoms of PTSD After a Car Accident You’re likely suffering from the psychological effects of a car accident if you experience the following tell-tale signs: Your heart races and your chest tightens when you hear a car engine, horn or when brakes go off.Your mind relives memories of the accident over and over. Your shoulder and neck muscles tense up even during short car rides.You also refuse to get back to driving. You’re more wary of what’s around you and see these as potential threats. Even if you managed to drive, you avoid certain locations, or have imagined fears while you’re behind the wheel. Over time, these signs may disappear as you slowly get back to your normal routine. However, there are some car crash victims who develop new psychological symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and quick anger, phobias, and feelings of detachment or estrangement. These are the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder....

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