10 Tips to Avoiding a Car Accident

  1. Pay Attention – Be alert, paying close attention to your own driving as well as others around you.  This includes keeping an eye on the car in front of you and the traffic in front of it.  Watch out for pedestrians, scan your mirrors regularly and adjust your speed according to driving conditions.  By being attentive you increase your chances of avoiding and reacting to foreseeable problems.  This way you decrease your chances of involvement in a collision
  2. Avoid the Fast Lane – When you avoid the fast lane you avoid unsafe speeds.  Excessive speeds increase the chances of a wreck and injuries because reaction time is reduced.
  3. Maintain Your Car Make sure to have your car checked regularly.  Wiper fluid and blades, tires, brakes, tune ups should be up to date.  If you are in an accident that is caused by a faulty part of your car, you may be held responsible for causing damage and injuries.  Maintenance is important for keeping your car running safe.
  4. Beware of Blind Spots – Let’s start with adjusting your mirrors, both side and rearview.  But well all know that you shouldn’t completely rely on them.  Cars can go undetected in the “blind spot,” so turn to look into the lanes beside you.  Also remember to signal long before you change lanes.
  5. Avoid Alcohol and Medication – Both slow your reaction time.  Even over the counter drugs can affect you.  Please use good judgment.
  6. The 9 and 3 o’clock Position – By positioning your hands here you have the most vehicle control.  In the event you are forced to maneuver quickly, you may be more likely to avoid a potential car wreck.
  7. Don’t Tailgate Following too close increases your chances of a rear-end collision.  The general rule is to maintain a 3-second following distance, or a full cars length.  In hazardous weather conditions increase to 4-5 car lengths.
  8. Eliminate Distractions – Texting, smart phones, DVD players, navigation systems, all of these are a part of our high tech society.  They may be convenient, but they are hazardous to us while we are driving.  The more distracted you are the more likely you are to be involved in a collision.  And this is not just for high tech devices; avoid reading books and newspapers, eating, and ladies put down the mascara.
  9. Avoid Intersection Errors Approach intersections with caution, look around carefully and make sure you have the right of way.  Intersections involve high speeds, and cars traveling in opposite directions, increasing the potential for auto accidents.  Even when your light turns green, wait a few seconds before proceeding.
  10. Drive Defensively – This coincides with rule #1, being aware of your surroundings.  Try to avoid being aggressive while not being entirely passive either.  You must be ready to move or stop when necessary and react appropriately to how other drivers are behaving on the road.  Aggressive driving is not worth the risk or the few minutes you may or may not have saved.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, or bicycle or pedestrian accident call the personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A.  We are experienced trial attorneys that fight for the rights of our clients.  If you have any questions about a personal injury claim, call today at 828.505.4300.

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