As a car accident attorney, we know to what extent an auto accident can change your life, and the lives of your loved ones. The physical and emotional repercussions are very real, and can be difficult for you to deal with on your own. We are here to help you after your accident, but we are also here to try and help you prevent an accident from happening in the first place.
If we had to sum up all the tips that we could give you on safer driving, the biggest thing we can suggest is: drive defensively. Be aware of other drivers and act on the assumption that they are not aware of you. Slow down at intersections, check your blind spots, and anticipate other drivers’ decisions. Even if you think they’re not going to pull out in front of you at a stop sign because you have the right-of-way, plan for them to do it anyway, and drive accordingly.
So many times people will drive their vehicle with no appreciate for the responsibility they hold. You are driving a machine that is over 2,000 pounds, at speeds between 25-75 miles-per-hour. That’s like driving a missile!
Not only do you need to drive defensively against other drivers, but against the weather, also. Did you know that when it first starts raining, the road is even slicker than after it’s been raining for an hour or two? When the road is first dampened, the oil has not had sufficient watershed to be washed from the pavement causing more hazardous conditions. Snow and black ice are factors to consider as well. If you could see a slick spot, or a patch of ice, you obviously wouldn’t drive on it. The point of slowing down is to keep more control over your vehicle should you unknowingly come upon such an area.
Driving is a great privilege, and not one to be taken lightly. Treat driving as a serious task — other people’s lives are in your hands!
If you have questions, or if you have been in an accident, please contact us for further assistance. We are here to help, and even offer a free review of your case.