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What Are the 3 Types of Accident Prevention?

What Are the 3 Types of Accident Prevention

While accident prevention encompasses a broad spectrum of strategies, it can generally be categorized into three main types:

Primary Prevention

The main goal of primary prevention is to prevent accidents from happening in the first place by addressing the root causes. Communities can take the initiative by improving highway infrastructure, enforcing traffic safety laws, and implementing safety regulations for new vehicles.  Highway construction companies can take charge by engineering and implementing proper safety conditions, warnings, and conditions that provide safe and effective travel through and/or around their site.

Secondary Prevention

Secondary prevention minimizes the impact of accidents by providing timely responses and medical attention from first responders. Because no strategy for primary prevention is ever 100% effective, measures for secondary prevention are necessary to keep the accidents that do happen from resulting in immediate, avoidable tragedy, such as death on the scene of an accident.  This, of course, does not prevent the accident from happening; but by addressing the injuries and their cause immediately, this can minimize effects.

Tertiary Prevention

Tertiary prevention focuses on minimizing the long-term impact of accidents. These measures include rehabilitation services, psychological support, and efforts to reintegrate accident survivors into society.  These approaches can serve to make life livable or tolerable in situations where it otherwise would not or could not be so.

What Is the Most Common Cause of Car Crash Deaths?

Car crashes happen for many reasons, but one of the leading causes is reckless driving through going too fast. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 11,258 speeding-related traffic fatalities in 2020, accounting for 29% of all traffic fatalities. When people drive too fast, they cannot react to dangers. The too-short time for responding to hazards causes the resulting crashes to be more serious.

Reach Out to Our California Car Accident Attorneys

Single vehicle accidents can have serious and even deadly results. Many of these crashes can be prevented on the road by taking a few safety measures. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, reach out to a car accident lawyer at Heiting & Irwin. Schedule a consultation by calling (951) 682-6400 or contact us via our website at

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