Limo drivers and chauffeurs should be aware that every day, good, experienced drivers who obey the speed limit and stay alert, are injured or killed by inexperienced, careless, drunk or reckless drivers. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that there are, on average, approximately 34,700 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. each year. The NSC analysis also determined that even good drivers are injured or killed by the two most common accident types: head-on collisions and passing stop signs or red lights.
According to NSC statistics, the head-on collision kills about 42% of the ”good drivers” on the road. These accidents are the most sudden and most difficult to avoid. There is often little time for evasive maneuvers and the speed of both vehicles increases the violence of the crash. The estimates are that 63% of head-on collisions appear to be caused by distracted drivers or by drivers who fell asleep at the wheel and drifted into oncoming traffic; 20% occur around curves in the road when a driver was going too fast and veered into the opposite lane of travel; and 6% were caused by drivers passing another vehicle at a bad time.
Passing Stop Signs & Traffic Lights
The NSC statistics further showed that 16% of good drivers were killed when another driver failed to stop at a stop sign, and 8% of drivers were victims of red-light running. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that each year, more than 800 people die and over 200,000 are injured in crashes which involve red light running. The IIHS has further determined that crashes at red lights have increased more than three times the rate of all other types of fatal vehicle accidents in the U.S. After monitoring several busy intersections in Virginia over several months, IIHS discovered a pattern of red light violation rates of three per intersection per hour…and the rate was
more frequent during peak travel times!
What Limo Drivers Can Do?
Our nation’s highways are still the safest place to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show just 14% of traffic fatalities occur on highways, while an amazing 86% occur on city streets, side roads and byways. Of course, highway driving is never the only option you have, so use your professional training to avoid the poor driving habits of others. Stay alert and slow down when you travel side roads. Keep your eyes moving to look far down the road, and stay alert for potential conflicts at all times. Approach curves with caution and at a safe speed. The same applies with intersections; be wary when you come to a stop sign or red light, even when you have the right of way. Watch other vehicles and their drivers to help anticipate their actions. When your light turns green, take a couple seconds and check
both ways before proceeding.