Despite the fact that many people believe light trucks and SUV s are safer because of their size, recent crash trends in Oklahoma have shown that statistically, light trucks are involved in auto accidents more frequently than cars. Studies in 2009 showed that 100 people were injured in Oklahoma car crashes every day, and one car accident occurred every seven minutes.
Perhaps most shocking is that out of the 694 people killed in motor vehicle accidents that year, 45% of them were driving or riding in light trucks. This is in direct contrast to one of the reasons people drive larger vehicles – they feel safer in them.
McIntyre Law, P.C. has made it our mission to make our community safer through education. We created this info graphic to help drivers learn when it’s most dangerous to be on the road, fatality statistics according to vehicle type, and how important it is to wear seat belts.
There are a few simple things you can do to stay safe on the roads:
- Review the safety statistics and safety features of a vehicle before you buy it
- Try to avoid driving during heavy traffic; if it’s unavoidable, remain alert at all times
- Don’t text and drive
- Always wear your seat belt, and insist that others in the vehicle do so as well