Six Things You Can Do to Avoid Becoming Involved in a Car Accident
No one wants to be involved in a car accident yet they happen every day. There is nothing you can do to put your chance of getting into a collision at 0% but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances. Keep reading to learn about six of them, and remember that you can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you are involved in an accident.
- Do Not Driver Under the Influence Everyone knows they are not supposed to drive if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, yet alcohol continues to be involved in more than half of all fatal car accidents. If you are going out drinking, plan ahead so that you will be ready to call a rideshare, taxi, or friend. Even a short drive of a few blocks can become deadly if you are under the influence.
- Do Not Text While Driving This is yet another behavior that most people know is “wrong” yet many of those people engage in it. The truth is that taking your eyes from the road for “just a few seconds” to check a test or send a quick note can leave you vulnerable and put everyone on the road in danger. If you really need to replay immediately, pull over to do so safely.
- Do Not Speed You are not racing anyone. If you follow the speed limit, you will not only be at a reduced chance of being in a car accident but if you are in one, your injuries are less likely to be serious. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it will take you to stop, the harder turns will be, and the harder it will be to react to emergencies.
- Take a Second Look in Parking Lots Parking lots can be particularly dangerous because there are generally so many people walking around, driving, and even biking. Do not make the mistake of assuming that since you are driving at such a slow speed, any accident would be minor. Cars can be totaled and people can be killed in accidents that occur at four miles per hour.
- Drive a Safe Car Some vehicles are safer than others. Choose a vehicle that has good safety features and good safety ratings. Not only can they help prevent car accidents, but they can also help increase the chance of survival if there is an accident.
- Driver a Newer Car The newer your vehicle is, the more likely it will have advanced safety systems. Today’s vehicles have safety systems that may not have even been options a few years ago. Generally speaking, the newer your vehicle is, the safer it is likely to be.
If you are involved in a car accident and require the help of a personal injury attorney, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.