Officials from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (F.I.A.) were nearly injured or killed in a recent motor vehicle collision, according to the New York Times. The F.I.A. is the parent organization of road clubs throughout the world and is the organization responsible for overseeing the motor sports industry. The F.I.A. officials were stopped on the side of the road changing a tire when they noticed a vehicle barreling towards their rental car. They were able to get out of the way just moments before the back of the rental vehicle was struck.
A personal injury attorney knows that if the driver who hit the stopped rental car on the side of the road had been paying more careful attention and surveying the road before him, the incident may have been avoided. According to the New York Times, looking ahead for potential road obstacles is one tip provided by professional drivers who are members of the F.I.A. The F.I.A. has also prepared more advice for motorists to help reduce the number of deadly accidents occurring.
The 10 Golden Rules for Road Safety
The F.I.A. views the number of motor vehicle collisions as similar to a worldwide epidemic of disease. Each year, around 1.3 million people are killed in traffic collisions worldwide and another 50 million people get hurt in accidents. By 2020, estimates suggest that there will be around two million people killed in traffic accidents every single year.
Many of these collisions are caused by bad driving, and could be prevented if drivers followed basic safety rules. The F.I.A. has identified 10 Golden Rules for motorists to follow including:
- Always buckling their seat belts, both when driving and when riding as a passenger.
- Always wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle, bicycle or other similar type of vehicle.
- Checking both tire pressure and tire tread regularly to ensure that the vehicle’s tires are properly inflated and not too worn. Worn or under inflated tires can lead to a blow-out that results in a collision. Most cars today have sensors and drivers are alerted when the tires need air, but tires should still be checked manually on a periodic basis.
- Respecting the rules of the road whenever motorists are behind the wheel operating their vehicles.
- Driving sober at all times and never getting behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcoholic beverages.
- Staying focused on the road at all times. Motorists should avoid distractions such as cellular phones and other electronic devices.
- Avoiding driving while fatigued. Drivers should get sufficient rest and should stop their vehicles and pull over when they become too tired to drive safely.
- Showing other motorists courtesy and respect at all times when on the road.
Ironically, the New York Times reports that the F.I.A. officials had a trunk full of brochures with the 10 Golden Rules on them at the time when their accident occurred. If every motorist would make a commitment to follow these rules, hopefully collisions could be reduced and more people’s lives could be saved.
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