How to avoid a road accident

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It is no secret that road accidents are a common occurrence. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 31,720  traffic fatalities in the United States for the first nine months of 2021. While there is no definite way to avoid an accident,  there are many things we can do to improve road safety. Here are some

Drive defensively

There are two schools of thought when it comes to driving defensively: the first is that you should drive as if everyone else on the road is out to get you, and the second is that you should always leave yourself a way to get out of any situation.

No matter which way you choose to drive, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and to never take anything for granted. Defensive driving means being proactive rather than reactive. For example, instead of waiting until someone cuts you off before slamming on your brakes, try leaving more space between yourself and the car in front of you, so you have time to react.

In addition, be sure to keep an eye out for potential hazards, such as animals or children who may dart into the road. And always use your turn signals, even if you don’t think anyone is around, as it could prevent an accident.

Don’t drink and drive

Drinking and driving is a leading cause of accidents on the road. When drivers get behind the wheel after drinking, they put themselves and others at risk. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times, making it more difficult to drive safely.

Even a small amount of alcohol can make it hard to focus on the road and react to changes in traffic. That’s why it’s so important to avoid drinking and driving. If you’re going to drink, make sure to have a designated driver or take a taxi or ride-sharing service. 

Though we cannot control the actions of others, there are many things we can do to avoid being involved in a road accident. If you are unfortunately involved in an accident and get injured as a result of someone else’s negligence on the roads, it is important to have proper representation to help you get through what can be a difficult legal process