Road accidents

“ There’s a difference between driving and texting. When your driving your eyes have to be open and on the road watching the cars around you, road signs, and traffic lights. Along with your mind on the road and destination. Which means you are multitasking. When your texting your eyes are on your cell phone screen and key pad. Along with your mind on what your going to say next. So how can you do both? Please stop! ”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Neglected But Undefeated: The Life Of A Boy Who Never Knew A Mother’s Love
Road accidents refer to the collision of vehicles with another vehicle or person or some inanimate object. We see numerous road accidents everyday. This comes even after so much improvements in technology. The question arises as to why this is happening. In the case of India, there is one death in every four minutes due to road accidents. The main culprits to this problem are low awareness about roads and drunk driving. Automobile companies too need to take more safety precautions while manufacturing cars. We as the citizens of India should unitedly request for better equipped cars with more safety precautions. Improper visibility due to various bad weather conditions and rash driving further contribute to the death toll. The Government should station police officers at close intervals to monitor traffic speed and motion detecting cameras to take note of overspeeding vehicles. Also, speed caps can be introduced on vehicle manufacture in order to curb over speeding of vehicles. Road accidents can cause permanent injuries that include broken bones, concussions, haemorrhages and other injuries. That being said, with proper care, most road accidents are avoidable.
“Everything started to move in slow motion. A vehicle was coming up the hill in the opposite direction, facing us but in its own lane. With vehicles parked on both sides of the road, this meant that there was just a narrow passage area for both vehicles to pass through. However, he had yet to reduce his speed, and now I knew which car he was going to hit. I was frozen stiff with fear in the front passenger seat, as I helplessly watched him slam into the back of a parked car. I was not wearing a seat belt, so upon impact my head crashed into the windshield. I was then slammed back into my seat, but with such force that everything went black.”
― Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father
The main reasons for road accidents that are due to equipment failure can be classified as due to failing of break, bursting of tyre, tread separations or problems in steering or suspension. Traffic rules have been created in order to mitigate the possibility of such road accidents. Every day’s morning newspaper is covered with the deaths of people who are dead or severely injured. Despite so many precautions, road accidents are surprisingly common in India. These accidents mostly occur to those who do not obey traffic rules. Many people think that the worst consequence of breaking a traffic rule is a fine, but they fail to see the bigger picture. Such people in the long run end up paying for this mistake with their life. People in vehicles must always remember to wear their seat belts. Driver should stay below the recommended speed limit. Cars should be driven in their own lanes. It must be taken utmost care of to wear a helmet before stepping out.