Passing a driving exam is one of life’s greatest milestones. For many American teens, a driver’s license represents absolute freedom and new opportunities as both a student and an employee. Many 16-year-olds in Florida spend their summers preparing for this exam and are prepared to face the world armed only with a set of car keys by fall. But there is a reason the old adage “practice makes perfect” is so popular. Even if you pass a driving course and exam, it doesn’t make you an expert driver. Each year, about 250,000-300,000 people are injured in traffic collisions, and that’s just in Florida. These accidents are commonly attributed to distracted, intoxicated, reckless, and, of course, inexperienced drivers.
That said, experience is only possible with hours upon hours of behind-the-wheel training. The car accident lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC have compiled 10 tips to help you stay safe while you accumulate experience points:
- Invest in a safe and reliable car, not the most stylish or popular.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Never use a cell phone when driving – not even to send a quick text to mom and dad.
- Keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times; this includes observing state and federal traffic laws, obeying street signs and lights, and yielding when necessary.
- Pull over if you feel overwhelmed or flustered behind the wheel; it’s impossible to make rational decisions if your mind is preoccupied with anxious thoughts and possibilities.
- Do not, under any circumstances, drink and drive; if you need a lift, contact a rideshare service, a friend, or a family member.
- Try to limit the number of passengers in your vehicle until you have more experience. Friends can be distractions more than helpful and encouraging aids.
- Minimize any potential distractions, including but not limited to: the radio, GPS issues, passenger conversations, loose car items, etc.
- Slow down, speed demon! New drivers are often guilty of speeding without even realizing it. You need to maintain a safe buffer zone between yourself and any other vehicles.
- Try to travel short distances until you feel more comfortable as a driver. There is no shame – only safety – in working up to long-distance road trips.
Understanding Your Legal Rights & Obligations
As a driver, you have a legal responsibility known as a “duty of care” to any other people – motorists, pedestrians, scooterists, etc. – sharing the road. If a collision occurs, and you’re found to be at fault, you could be held legally and financially liable for the injured party’s accident-related losses. That said, it’s impossible to control the actions of your fellow drivers, and even experienced motorists can (and do) make costly mistakes. If you are injured in such an accident and require personal injury representation, contact the attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC as soon as possible.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC at (866) 675-4427 to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional.