When looking at car accident data, the data used is whatever has been collected from the car crashes that happen every day and every year. But what about the almost crashes? They’ve happened to everyone. The time you dropped your lipstick on the ground and almost swerved into the car next to you when you were bending down to pick it up. The time you almost hit that biker that literally appeared out of nowhere. The time you looked at your phone for a split second and almost went through a red light and right into the mini van across the street. How many times a day do these almost accidents happen? Well, we don’t really know because they are just that… Almost accidents.
Can the data from these incidents help to prevent those accidents that actually do happen? Transportation Alternatives in NYC thinks that it can. “The near-miss and minor crash data just doesn’t exist. There’s no way to capture it because it is, by nature, unofficial,” explains Jennifer So Godzeno, the associate director for community research at Transportation Alternatives. “I’ve heard from so many citizens that ‘I see people almost get hit here all the time, and how come we have to wait until someone gets killed in order to fix it?’”
So, in order to start fixing this problem, Transportation Alternatives recently rolled out a web platform, CRASH stories NYC, which invites New Yorkers to map their run-ins and near-misses.
Do you think that this is something that can help prevent some future crashes? Is this a platform that should be rolled out nationwide? We want to hear from you with your opinion. To share your thoughts, visit SafeAuto on Facebook. .
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According to an article on Huffingtonpost.com, a deadly accident in Ohio took the lives of 6 teenagers this past weekend. “A speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast, Ohio, killing five boys and the young woman driving, the state highway patrol said.”
The two surviving boys escaped from the vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911. The six that were killed were ages 14-19.
The city of Warren, Ohio is now in mourning as they come to grips with this tragic accident that seems to have affected everyone in some way.
While auto insurance is supposed to help prepare for the unexpected and is always a necessity while driving, certainly, nothing could have prepared for a tragic event like this. Sometimes, it takes an event that hits close to home, such as this one does, to realize just how fragile and precious life can be. Everyone at SafeAuto Insurance sends their deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Warren, Ohio.
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SafeAuto Insurance spokesman, Norm Macdonald, discusses the importance and benefit of always driving with insurance. In his latest video, Norm tells a story about his friend Dave, who got into an accident while driving uninsured. According to Fox News, car crashes kill 40,000 people in America every year. Even though Norm puts a clever spin on SafeAuto’s 30 second commercial, driving without insurance is certainly a pressing issue. Now, Dave and all of his laundry and blaring techno music are living in Norm’s house, which the state minimum auto insurance spokesman is not too happy about, to say the least.
So, why put yourself in a position to be in “total financial ruin” as Norm puts it, and why alienate your friends when SafeAuto Insurance offers a cheap and easy solution.
We’ll ensure that you’re insured. Watch Norm’s video (above) and visit www.safeauto.com for a free quote today.
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