3 Tips to Avoid Car Accidents

driver adjusting his rearview mirror

Every day, thousands of people suffer auto accidents while driving around town. Unfortunately, a majority of these accidents are caused by human error, which means they were entirely avoidable. That’s why Justice Law Office is here to share three tips every driver should know to avoid car crashes.

Never Assume Right-of-Way

Knowing when a driver has the right-of-way is necessary knowledge for safe driving, but every driver should remember to never assume the right-of-way. Many accidents are caused in part by drivers who know it’s their turn to go, but they end up running into someone who decided to break the law.

 

Obviously, we aren’t suggesting that drivers who suffer injuries due to assuming the right-of-way are at fault for these accidents, but we are saying that looking both ways before someone crosses the street is a good idea even when they know they have the right-of-way.

Get Situated Before Taking the Wheel

How many people are guilty of getting in their cars, turning them on, and pulling out of their driveways before they get everything situated?

 

It’s never wise for the driver to pull away before:

  • Picking his or her music choice;

  • Finding his or her route on electronic maps;

  • Putting bags, drinks, keys, where he or she wants them; and

  • Answering his or her texts.

 

Failing to do these things before leaving the driveway can lead to distracted driving accidents. Therefore, take the two minutes to get situated before driving away.

Be Courteous

When driving, courtesy can go a long way in preventing auto accidents. For example, making a sudden lane change without using a turn signal is not only rude, but it is also arguably one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers someone can make for those sitting in their blindspots.

 

Other common courtesies include:

  • Letting drivers cut in when they are trying to change lanes;

  • Keeping a safe distance from the driver in front of you;

  • Making eye contact with other drivers before taking your turn at stop signs.

 

We hope these tips help you stay safe, unfortunately, they won’t prevent other drivers from making reckless decisions. If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, give Justice Law a call at (502) 822-2230 for a free consultation.

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