It seems that more and more people are involved in accidents on our roadways.
And while many times accidents are unavoidable, there are some things
you can do, as a driver, to protect yourself through defensive driving
techniques. If you're ever involved in an accident and you suffer a
personal injury, we'd love to help you. Until then, please follow these tips for driving safely.
As a defensive driver, you can avoid accidents by being aware of your surroundings
at all times, making sure your vehicle is properly maintained and avoid
distractions while you drive.
Habits of a Defensive Driver
To be an effective defensive driver, you must consistently monitor your
driving environment. This includes the median, shoulders of the road,
the area along the horizon and, of course, the roadway itself. Your vision
should cover the rear view mirrors, windshield and side mirrors. Looking
to the driver's blind spots from time to time is helpful as well.
A Functional Vehicle
While it's impossible to prevent all accidents, if your vehicle is
fully functional, you're in a better position to do so. An old windshield
wiper blade impairs your vision, so take the time to replace them when
you notice they're dull. Make sure you change out light bulbs in your
headlights or turn signals when you're aware they're not working.
Eating talking on the phone and texting all takes your focus away from
the roadway. You need to keep your eyes and attention open and always
scanning the road, as all it takes is a split second of inattention to
have a significant accident.
If you've been injured in a car accident, please
reach out to our compassionate and caring team today.