Buckle up, because this is going to be a wild ride. There are over 30,000 deaths per year in the United States due to car accidents. To put it into perspective, and so you won’t have to do the math, that’s about 100 a day.
You probably have a lot of loved ones that drive, and you’d like to keep a watchful – distant – eye over them. Or you’re a little too nosy for your own good. Either way, there are resources to keep up on accident news.
Here are the 3 best methods of keeping up-to-date on what’s happening on the roads near you.
- Your Local Accident News
The news channel for your area should be your first go-to. The news and media are vultures when it comes to this juicy stuff. When anything significant, or news-worthy, happens, you can count on it being on your local channel.
The news in your town likely has other media outlets too, as broadcast television is a dying breed. They typically have their own website or even a Facebook page that’ll host breaking accident news. These two are even better than catching it on the tube; the production output is much quicker and easier.
Newspapers are the only resource we’d recommend avoiding. It’s filled with, literally, yesterday’s news. Getting your updates online is the quintessential way to stay up to date.
- The Police Department or Fire Department
A lot of police departments are very transparent with the goings-on in your town. This might be contrary to popular opinion, but it’s the truth.
When an accident happens, or at least a bad enough one, the first group that’s called are usually municipalities (police or fire departments). They’re there to serve and assess the situation, and most importantly, to save lives.
Because they’re first on-scene, they’re the very pinnacle of up-to-date. They’ll report it into their database as soon as they arrive. A lot of counties open-source this database to the public with some information redacted.
- Community Groups
A lot of communities have Facebook groups or Twitter accounts that monitor local accidents.
This is the most user-friendly and quick way to get your accident news. They’re not hindered by censorship in the media, and they do the laborious task of sorting through the police departments’ feed.
Community groups are also open to dialogue and public opinion. This can be a bad and a good thing. But having a voice is of utmost importance in public news.
The only thing to be wary about is the legitimacy of groups. Because they’re bolstered around communities untethered and unrestricted by the FCC, they might not be true.
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There’s an unprecedented amount of accidents every day. Too many people die in car crashes annually. To stay atop of accident news, you should have an arsenal of local resources.
Your local news has its own channel and typically a website. The municipalities typically have a redacted feed of all accidents in their district. Community groups are a quick, uncensored way to get your news.
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