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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to worry about car accidents. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and personal injury lawyers like Abercrombie P.A. are always busy with car crash cases. Each time we pull out onto the road, we are accepting the risk that we may be involved in an accident before we make it to our destination. Even though this is a sad, and somewhat scary, fact of life, there are precautions that we can all take each time we hit the road to reduce our chances of being involved in an accident.
While none of these actions is a guarantee that we will be safe from car accidents, they can be extremely helpful in keeping you, your passengers, and the surrounding drivers a bit safer each time you are behind the wheel.
Stop, Look, and Listen
Even though we repeat this to children constantly as we are teaching them how to be safe around roads, we sometimes forget this advice when we are driving in our cars. As you are traveling, make sure that you are vigilant of what is happening around you. When you are at an intersection, take an extra pause to make sure that there are no cars approaching from other directions that look like they may not obey the traffic rules before proceeding.
Do Not Tailgate
If you are tailgating someone, not only are you breaking the law, you are also putting yourself, the other driver, and everyone else on the road at risk of an accident. The closer you are to the car in front, the less reaction time you have to avoid rear-ending them if they stop short. Sometimes, people think that tailgating is a good way to get the person in front of them to speed up, which is misguided, and also brings us to our next point…
Follow The Speed Limits
Speed limits are there for a reason! If you are driving above the speed limit, you are ignoring a lot of research that had gone into deciding upon that number. When you are driving at higher speeds, your required response time to a hazard is reduced, and your ability to safely control your vehicle is hindered. In addition, if you are driving above the speed limit and another driver drifts into your lane, the head-on collision can cause more damage because you are going faster.
Watch For Erratic Drivers
Defensive driving is an important part of operating a motor vehicle, because no matter how safely you are operating your vehicle, you are always at risk of the surrounding drivers. Be sure that you remain vigilant as you drive, keeping an eye out for other drivers who are swerving, cutting through red lights or stop signs, not using headlights at night, or anything else that might indicate that they are driving unsafely.
Leave Your Phone Alone
Cell phone usage is extremely dangerous for drivers, whether it is responding to a text message, entering GPS coordinates, or answering a phone call. When you are dividing your attention between the road and your phone, you are reducing your ability to keep aware of everything happening around you, which puts you, your passengers, and all other drivers at risk. If you look down at your phone at the same time an animal crosses into the road, you are losing precious reaction time that could ultimately make you swerve into oncoming traffic or off the road instead of safely braking.