U.S. Census Bureau crash facts show there were 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2009. Almost 14,000 of those involved more than one vehicle. The total reflects incidents that include everything from single vehicle rollovers to car/pedestrian incidents and minor fender benders to multi-car pile-ups on the expressway.
Even though a wreck is unsettling, there are a few things that everyone involved in every type of accident ought to do. So what do you do if you are cruising down the street, headed out of town for a day, and someone runs a red light and T-bones you? Here are a few tips to keep you focused.
Prevent More Damage
Turn off the vehicle. Running the engine with a leaking radiator could lead to engine damage from overheating. Damaged fuel lines and gas tanks pose fire hazards. Sparks from idling cars increase the potential for ignition. Compromised parking and braking mechanisms can’t be trusted to keep a car stationary.
Call Your Folks
Call your family or friends to let them know you’re alright. No one wants to flip on the tube and see a son’s, sister’s or mother’s car being loaded onto a wrecker. You might need a ride and some help to keep your head together. Call someone who can come help you, and let others know you’re in good hands.
If your phone is damaged, ask to borrow one from a witness or the other people involved in the crash. By the way, you can get insurance for theft, loss and damage from GoCare.com for both old and new phones, and they usually get it back to you within two to three days.
Document the Scene
Whether it is minor or your ride is totaled, before you move your car, take photos with your smartphone and email them to yourself. This is one of the top five tips for people involved in an accident from InsuranceHotline.com. Emailing the photos establishes the time and date if you end up in court.
Insurance companies recommend keeping a disposable camera in the glove box, since even if you have a smartphone, it might be damaged in the wreck. The big box stores, Walgreens and CVS have several disposable cameras for less than $10 with flash, so you’ll be covered for daytime or nighttime accidents.
Cars.com recommends you take photos of the scene, the people involved and vehicle damage. Get the name, badge number, contact information and the accident report number before the officer leaves the scene.
Get at least two estimates from reputable body shops. Look for companies that offer free estimates and a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. Schedule your repair service as soon as possible to get back on the road faster.
It is hard to stay calm when you are involved in an accident, so prepare early if you can. Keep a checklist in your glove box to keep you focused.
Guest Author: Quincy Mathers
Born and raised in Detroit, it just so happens Quincy is an auto expert. He hopes to open his own dealership in the Southwest someday soon, but in the meantime he is happy writing about cars and the auto industry.
National Preparedness Month 2013: PREPAREDNESS ON A BUDGET
It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared
It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.
- Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates Ready.gov/make-a-plan.
- Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace. Family Emergency Plan
- Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes- and renters, do the same too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
- Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at Ready.gov/build-a-kit.
- Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
- Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.
- Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight
- Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.
- Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.
- Start now! Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!
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Today is National Seat Check Saturday. It is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to make sure their children are in the right car seat.
According to the NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old. Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by about half if the correct child safety seat were always used.” Further, children might not be in the correctly sized car seat for their age and size or properly secured.
National Seat Check Saturday is an opportunity to reduce the risk of fatal injury to children in car seats. Right now, “3 out of 4 kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.” You can visit an Inspection Station where “certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge – and show you how to correctly install and use it.”
To visit your local Child Car Seat Inspection Station, you can locate it by searching here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
Check out this infographic to learn more about Car Seat Recommendations:
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Today kicks off the NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Summit in Washington D.C which will go from September 18-21. NOYS are the National Organizations for Youth Safety. NOYS is dedicated to “to promote youth empowerment and leadership and build partnerships that will save lives, prevent injuries, and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.”
One major concern regarding youth safety is teen driving. According to Distraction.gov “11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.” Further, “For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.” (Via NHTSA)
As part of the summit this week, NOYS has partnered with the It Can Wait campaign to end texting and driving. The high point of the Summit is September 19, 2013 which is the their day of action called the Drive 4 Pledges Day as both campaigns encourage drivers to pledge not to text and drive. Because distracted driving has taken so many lives, the issue is at the forefront not just for safety organizations but even national wireless service providers like AT&T and Verizon.
resqme, Inc. is a proud member of NOYS and encourages you to take the pledge and share information to family, friends and your general community. We encourage you to Speak Up and Speak Out. This could save a life.
PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS
Plan to Stay in Business By Ready.gov
As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow. This September for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.
Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.
Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business; encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment.
This year, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, with support from members of the National Preparedness Community across the nation, including a wide range of businesses and organizations, is focusing on encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready. We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods Ready.
Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.
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“Get Your Business Prepared- Earthquakes” 15 sec PSA (closed captioning)
“Get Your Business Prepared- Floods” 15 sec PSA (closed captioning)-http://youtu.be/2U0EFYKGn50
“Get Your Business Ready for Disasters” Video (closed captioning)- http://youtu.be/89f87x7OyN0
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Is My Child as Safe as Possible in the Car? – The Question Every Parent Needs to Ask
By NHTSA and Traffic Safety Marketing
Of the many questions you ask yourself every day, “Is my child as safe as possible in the car?” should be at the top of your list. The answer could be the difference between life, serious injury and death for your child.
Car crashes are a leading killer of children age 1 to 13. From 2007 to 2011 an estimated 634,000 children under 13 in cars, pickups, vans and SUVs were injured in crashes.
A child is much more fragile – and thus much more vulnerable in a car crash — than an adult. Your children count on you to keep them safe; it’s not just about putting them in car seats. The best way to protect your children is to place them in the right seats for their ages and size, install them correctly, and ensure that the car seats fit in your vehicle.
Research shows car seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers in cars, and 58 percent and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVs, pickups and vans.
Some parents reading this may think their children are already safe because they ride in a large vehicle. But the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that SUVs are involved in a far larger number of crash-related deaths for children than other vehicles. Worse yet, over half of all children who died while riding in SUVs weren’t buckled in at the time of their deaths. Many families choose SUVs as their primary vehicles due to the number of passengers they can carry and the perceived safety of their size. But the vehicle alone can’t keep your kids safe.
That’s why events such as Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15-21, 2013, are so critical in helping parents choose the right seat for their children and learning how to use them the right way.
The highlight of the week is National Seat Check Saturday, September 21, where parents, guardians and other caregivers can have their children’s car seats inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians and learn how to install them the right way to keep their children safe. Technicians can help parents and caregivers determine if their children are ready to move from rear-facing to forward-facing seats, from forward-facing seats to booster seats, or from booster seats to seat belts. The technicians can also help make sure that your car seat is registered so that you’ll be notified in case your car seat is recalled.
If you can’t make it to a National Seat Check Saturday event, you can still have your car seat examined by a certified technician. To locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety technician in your area, go to nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting or download the free SaferCar app from the iTunes App Store. The service that the technicians offer is available year-round, by appointment, and is usually free of charge.
Parents, guardians and caregivers can also visit safercar.gov/parents to learn other tips on car seat safety, watch how-to videos and sign up for car seat recall notifications.
The resqme Safety Blog is introducing our Guest Post feature. Our first post concerns teen driving–a major issue as students go back to school this Fall.
Author: Natalie Jeurgens
Teaching your teen to drive can be a terrifying lesson in letting go of parental anxiety and fostering your child’s independence. It is reasonable to be worried, as automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010 alone, 2,700 teenagers died in motor vehicle accidents, while another 282,000 were treated for injuries in emergency rooms. Setting the rules of the road for your teen decreases the risk of a major auto accident.
Know Your State and Local Laws
Laws governing teenage drivers differ between states and counties, but many areas have strict rules about teen driving privileges. Learn the laws that affect your child, and use them to dictate driving privileges. These regulations may include the number of underage passengers allowed in the car, driving curfews or permissible driving conditions.
While insurance premiums are typically increased when adding a teen driver, companies have incentives like the “Good Student Discount” and the “Steer Clear Safe Driving Program” from StateFarm.com auto insurance that can lower the added costs to your policy. These programs provide further incentives for your teen to drive responsibly.
Require Seat Belt Use
Although your teen might complain that a seat belt is uncomfortable or uncool to wear, insist upon its use whenever in the vehicle. Do your part by consistently wearing a seat belt every time you’re in a car. Modeling this responsible behavior for your child is an important part of convincing him or her to stay safe.
Drinking and Driving
Despite being old enough to drive a car, your teen’s brain and reasoning powers are not fully developed. Social pressures, curiosity and other factors cause many teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Make it clear to your child that never, under any circumstances, is it appropriate to operate a vehicle while under the influence. Make this a “one strike and you’re out” rule. No exceptions. No get out of jail free card.
Driving is a Privilege, Not a Right
Many teens look forward to completing a drivers education course and getting their license. However, driving is a privilege granted to kids who follow important rules and behave appropriately. Avoid feeling pressured into granting that privilege too soon. If your child doesn’t show the personal maturity required to safely drive, consider making the driver’s license contingent on a specific set of behaviors.
Create a driving privileges agreement that gradually eases your teen into driving in certain conditions. For example, the first few months after getting a driver’s license may consist of driving only in the daytime in clear conditions. With more experience, your teen can earn the right to drive later at night, in various weather conditions, with certain passengers in the car or at longer distances from home. Setting clear expectations and penalties provides structure that facilitates safe driving.
Author’s Bio: Nat is a mom and an engineer. She works as a writer part-time because she is passionate about educating her readers.
This September: You Can Be the Hero.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Launched in 2004, NPM is FEMA’s national annual preparedness outreach. National Preparedness Month is managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign. The Ready Campaign, in conjunction with the Ad Council, aims to educate and empower Americans during NPM and throughout the year to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The Ready Campaign works closely with FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) to ensure the rollout of NPM events and activities.
It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time. Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover
This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these four steps:
Stay Informed: Information is available from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. Access Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues, and others to build community resilience.
Build a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies – water, nonperishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand – for you and those in your care.
Get Involved: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and places of worship safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters.
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All materials taken from: ready.gov