Many people have a car that they use to get to work, go shopping, or visit
their friends and family. While driving around town is a convenient way
to travel, cars can still be dangerous, which is why it is important to
be cautious of any hazards that might potentially cause an accident. Each
year, thousands of people are killed in car accidents and thousands more
suffer devastating injuries. Below, we give you 10 tips that can help
you avoid getting into a serious
#1: Never Drink & Drive
Although we all know that drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal,
many drivers dismiss this fact and choose to operate their vehicles under
the influence of alcohol. Crash damages caused by drunk drivers cost close
to $37 billion a year
#2: Don’t Look at Your Phone
It can be tempting to check on your messages each time your ringtone goes
off while driving. However, whether you are texting a friend or using
an app, looking at your phone instead of focusing on the road can result
in a devastating car accident.
#3: Be Watchful
The majority of people believe that they are excellent drivers. But it
doesn’t matter how well you drive, other drivers on the road can
still be reckless and negligent. Always be wary and attentive whenever
you are behind the wheel of a car. Watch the patterns of the road and
other drivers closely to help avoid potential accidents.
#4: Check Your Blind Spots Before Switching Lanes
It’s easy to collide into a car you can’t see. Because cars
can suddenly turn out of a side street and pull up alongside you without
ever being seen, you should always check your blind spots before making
a lane change. Doing so can help you avoid side-swiping accidents.
#5: Stay Out of Other Drivers’ Blind Spots
Just because you are carefully checking your blind spots, it doesn’t
mean that other drivers will be doing the same thing. Try not to drive
alongside another car for too long and either pull ahead of them or fall
behind to make yourself more visible.
#6: Look Before Pulling Into an Intersection
Even if the signal light is green, you should look both ways to make sure
that the intersection is clear before you proceed. Distracted or drunk
drivers trying to rush through a yellow light can fly through the interstation
at high speeds and collide with you.
#7: Use Your Turn Signals
It’s impossible to tell what a nearby driver is thinking or planning
on doing. Using your blinkers is the best way to communicate with other
drivers around you and to let them know which direction you will be driving towards.
#8: Follow the Rules of the Road
Many car accidents occur because some driver’s simply don’t
follow the law. From driving at excessive speeds to disobeying a No U-Turn
sign, not following the rules of the road can contribute to a deadly accident.
#9: Don’t Tailgate Other Drivers
Closely following behind a car can increase your chances of being in an
accident if the vehicle in front of you has to make a sudden stop. It
takes a few seconds for a car to stop once your foot is on the break,
and the faster you are traveling, the more time it takes, which can spell
disaster if you are following another vehicle too closely.
#10: Be Cautious Turning On Steep Roads
If you are traveling on a steep road, you should go slower than the recommended
speed limit. Roads that have sudden, quick changes increase the likelihood
of roll-over crashes.
At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we have helped numerous clients
who have been injured in car accidents obtain financial compensation to
cover the damages they incurred. If you or a loved one has been injured
in a serious car accident, contact our team of New York City motor vehicle accident attorneys
to schedule your free case evaluation today.