In many cases, a car accident is much more deadly than it needs to be. In some of these cases, just a little more attention paid to the road on the part of one of the drivers involved or a little more respect for traffic law could have prevented a fatality. If you’ve been injured, or if you’ve lost someone in such a wreck, contacting a lawyer is an option. The best possible situation, however, is to make sure the wreck never happens in the first place. There are some very smart and easy ways to keep yourself safe on the road.
Head Checks: Too many drivers rely on their mirrors or on their own luck when merging, changing lanes and, especially, when they’re driving through intersections. When you’re in a vehicle, it’s easy to believe that you’re much less vulnerable than you actually are. Check your blind spots and make sure you actually physically turn your head when you do it. It’ll help you avoid some of the most common and most dangerous types of accidents.
Just Drive: Today, there are almost always multiple sources of distraction nearby. It used to be talking on cell phones that was the problem. Now, it’s talking on cell phones, texting, browsing the web, messing with the GPS and so forth. The driver should always be driving and doing nothing more. If you think you can multitask safely while you’re driving, you’re an accident waiting to happen.
Space: You should have at least two full seconds to react to any unexpected actions on the part of the driver in front of you. You reckon this by picking a landmark, start counting when the driver ahead of you passes that point and then stop counting when you pass it.
If you simply look around you, pay attention to what’s going on and make sure you have adequate time to react to anything unexpected, you’ll be able to avoid most crashes. There are cases, however, when even the best defensive drivers will be hit by negligent drivers. If this has happened to you, consider contacting an auto accident lawyer. They can help you seek compensation for your pain and suffering and for your material losses. Some of them work on contingency, so there’s no reason for you to hesitate to call them, even if you’re short on money at the time.