Driving is inherently dangerous. When we get on the road as either a driver or a passenger, we are all putting ourselves at risk of suffering a personal injury accident. It is understandable to believe that everyone on the road is equally at risk, but shockingly, studies show that that may not be true. In fact, research shows that Latinos face transportation inequities. That means that as an ethnic group, Latinos are more at risk than their white counterparts on the road.
Crash fatalities are incredibly common among the Latino population. In fact, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for hispanics between one and 34 years old. Plus, hispanic children between five and 12 years old are more than 70% more likely to die in a car crash than non-hispanic children. The hypothesis here is that hispanic drivers and passengers are less likely to take proper precautions like wearing a seatbelt or putting a child in a car seat. In addition, studies have found that hispanic drivers are statistically more likely to drive under the influence and/or without a valid license.
If you are hispanic or latino, it is important for you to understand that when it comes to traffic accidents, you are more vulnerable than everyone else. Understanding risk is the first step in preventing accidents. We encourage everyone in the Latinx community to take the following precautions when on the road:
- Always wear a seat-belt. Even if you are just driving around the block or through a parking lot.
- Remember that car seats save lives. Always properly strap your child in before putting the car in motion.
- Make sure that you have a valid license and that you are fully versed in all traffic laws.
- Never drive under the influence. When it doubt about your ability to drive safely, call a taxi or a ride-share service for transportation.
- Drive defensively and remember that you can help to save yourself from accidents.
We urge everyone to take every precaution that they can in order to stay safe. If you are the victim of an automobile accident, call us for support and representation.