Car accidents are a fact of life. Hundreds happen all across the country
every single day, and hundreds of thousands of people every year suffer
injuries from them as well as billions of dollars in property damage.
While it’s growing more and more inevitable that it’s only
a matter of time before the average person is involved in an accident,
there are some things you can do to avoid being caught in one, and thus
minimize your risk of potentially suffering a serious injury. Here are
a few valuable tips for avoiding car accidents.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Distracted driving has quickly risen to become one of the most dangerous
and deadly causes of car accidents in the country. According to NHTSA
statistics, nearly 3,500 people lost their lives and more than 300,000
people were injured in car accidents in which a distracted driver was
involved, making distracted driving one of the leading causes of accidents
and injuries on the roads. Perhaps what’s worse is today’s
drivers have perhaps never been more distracted: between added “convenience”
features, our busy lives, and vehicles that are easier to drive, there
are many different reasons a driver can become distracted.
This means the onus is on drivers to avoid distractions while behind the
wheel. This starts first and foremost with putting the cell phone away.
Under no circumstances should you ever send or read a text message or
email while behind the wheel as this takes your hands off the steering
wheel, your eyes off the road, and your mind away from the task at hand.
You should also avoid things like eating and drinking while driving, changing
the in-car entertainment system, and other potentially dangerous behaviors.
Don’t Trust Your Side View Mirrors
We’ve all seen the little message on the passenger side-view mirror
of our car: “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
This is just one well-known way of demonstrating that the information
in your side view mirrors can be misleading. While these mirrors are designed
to tell you what’s going on behind your vehicle in the lanes adjacent
to you, it does
not tell you what’s going on directly behind you, or alongside your
car. In fact, this “blind spot” is the most dangerous space
around your vehicle since no mirror actually can help you see it.
If you’re going to change lanes, never simply rely on your side-view
mirror to make sure it’s clear. Always turn your head and look over
your shoulder to make sure nobody is hiding where your mirrors can’t see them.
Don’t Regularly Slam On Your Brakes
Stopping suddenly is unavoidable in certain situations, but it’s
surprising how many drivers will regularly force their brakes to work
overtime coming to a stop when approaching a stop sign or traffic signal.
If you know you’re going to have to come to a stop up ahead, take
your foot off the gas somewhat early and allow your car to coast some
of its speed off before gently applying the brakes. Not only will this
preserve your brakes for several thousand extra miles, but you’ll
give the cars behind and around you a much better indication as to what
you plan on doing, including those behind you who will know when to start
Don’t Drive Tired
Fatigue is a big threat for drivers. In fact, it’s so big it’s
often compared to driving while intoxicated in terms of inhibiting your
ability to react to changing situations on the road. While sometimes we
can’t help ourselves and we need to hit the roads, it’s important
to rest, especially if you’ve been driving for several hours. It’s
easy to become weary and exhausted as the miles roll by, but continuing
to push yourself only increases the chance of an accident. If you feel
yourself getting tired, stop and take a nap, grab a cup of coffee, or
switch driving duties with a passenger. These few extra efforts will go
a long way towards preventing a devastating car accident.
The simplest way to avoid a car accident is simply to drive carefully and
pay attention to what’s going on around you. This also means driving
in a way that anticipates the actions of those around you. Never assume
a speeding vehicle is going to stop for a red light or that the car waiting
at the other side of the stop sign is going to give you the right of way
you’re entitled to. While it might be annoying when these drivers
break the law, anticipating their actions can help you avoid colliding
with them, causing potentially serious and painful injuries.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, a Martin County car accident attorney
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC have stood up to defend the rights of those who have been injured in car
accidents for many years. We are determined to help you reach your goals
and we are fierce protectors of your best interests, and our trial-tested
and proven style of litigation can help you recover the compensation you
deserve if you have been injured.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866-675-4427 to
request a free case evaluation and start reviewing your options.