Small things can have a big impact; especially when it comes to following traffic laws. A slight mistake can put your life in danger — and the statistics support this frightening fact.
Each year, around 37,000 individuals die in auto-related accidents in the US and over 2.35 million suffer injuries and/or are disabled. While milder injuries and road rashes can be treated, major injuries—including brain trauma—can cause permanent disability.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Here’s what you can do to reduce the chances of auto accidents.
1. Proper maintenance of your vehicle
Make sure your vehicle is in peak driving condition. The brakes and tires must be ready for the road. Fuel and oil should be properly maintained as well, as this will assist you in controlling the car in case of a sudden halt. It will also prevent your car from breaking down in the middle of the traffic, making you vulnerable to accidents.
Engine maintenance is also necessary. When looking for a new car, search for options with accident avoidance devices (such as built-in rear cameras). These can be very useful in accident avoidance.
2. Driver should be alert!
It’s not just the car that needs to be ready for the road. Anyone in the driving seat must be alert too. Stay up-to-date on eye exams to avoid eyesight troubles. Don’t forget to wear your glasses or contact lens if you need them.
Additionally, your overall health matters. Flu, migraines and other health problems can affect your cognitive abilities. Remember, when in the driver seat, you need to think and react quickly.
Most importantly, don’t drive when intoxicated or even under the influence of prescription medications.
3. Avoid all distractions
Eating, drinking, texting or putting on makeup during driving is prohibited. It takes away your attention from the road and engages your hands, making you lose control.
If you need to take your eyes off the road to look for a CD, don’t! Focus on the road and driving; nothing else is more important. If you have an urgent call which you necessarily have to attend, park your vehicle in an appropriate and safe place first.
4. Be defensive when driving
If someone wants to get ahead of you in the lane; let them. There’s no point in racing on a busy road or getting aggressive while driving.
Also, be mindful of blind spots and other cars while you’re at an intersection or making a turn. Look for cars coming from both sides even though you’re at the green signal. There are all sorts of rule breakers out there—you don’t want to be in their path. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident caused by one such rule breaker, know that California law and experienced legal professionals are on your side.
If you recently got into an auto accident because of another driver’s fault, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no obligation consultation.