While many accidents are unpreventable, there are also ways that you can keep your family safe. Practicing safe and defensive driving is one way to reduce the risks of accidents when driving in your neighborhood, in the city, or on a cross country trip. Our Ashville car accident attorneys are dedicated to reducing the risks and consequences associated with deadly traffic accidents.
Safety experts and organizations, including the American Medical Association, offer a number of tips to reduce the chances of dangerous or deadly accidents, including the following:
Don’t Drink and Drive. While most people know not to drink and drive, even the most responsible people can make a mistake. Remember that even a small amount of alcohol can reduce your motor skills and impair judgment. You should also be wary of prescription medications and how they affect your ability.
Keep Your Car Maintained. Staying safe and keeping others safe means responsibly keeping your car maintained. You should have regular tune-ups, keep your windshields and mirrors clean, and always have plenty of gas in your car. When purchasing a new car, look for advanced safety features, including power steering and an automatic transmission. Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car when taking a trip.
Don’t Speed or Drive Recklessly. Speeding, reckless driving, and road rage are known causes of accidents. You should follow traffic laws and avoid dangerous driving activities. You should also pass safe driving habits down to new teen drivers.
Avoid Drowsy or Distracted Driving. Drowsy and distracted driving are known risks when on the road. Texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, eating, or pets can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or strike an oncoming car, bicyclist or person. Never drive when you are tired and put your cell phone away when behind the wheel.
Wear a Seatbelt. This is one of the oldest, but most forgotten safe driving rules. While newer models have alarms to indicate an unfastened belt, they may not work in the backseat. Always wear a seat belt and remind rear passengers and children to “buckle up.”
Be Wary in Inclement Weather. As we have discussed in previous posts, driving in inclement weather can pose additional hazards. Rain, storms, sleet, hurricanes, and snowstorms can make vision difficult and streets slick. When weather is dangerous, pull over or stay at home.
Don’t Follow Too Closely. When driving behind another vehicle, you need time to react and stop. You should always be able to see the rear tires of a vehicle and you should never follow so closely that you don’t have time to stop should the driver in front of you slam on the brakes.
Be Careful at Intersections and Train Tracks. A significant number of accidents occur at intersections and train tracks. When approaching tracks, always look for flashing lights and look both ways before you cross. At intersections, watch for pedestrians and cyclists. You should also be wary of drivers who have failed to follow traffic signals.
Practice Defensive Driving. Many accidents occur, even when you are practicing your safest driving. Even when obeying traffic laws and following safety measures, you could be struck by another negligent driver. You should always assume that the other driver is not paying attention so that you can prepare for unpredictable lane changes, turns, or stops. When another driver is distracted, you may be able to protect yourself with defensive driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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