Nobody plans on car accidents happening to them, and when they do occur, they often disrupt life as we know it.
Even if you follow all posted laws and have a spotless driving record, you can’t always escape a car accident. Obstacles are all around us on the road. Although you can’t always prevent them from occurring, these precautions can help you steer clear of severe injuries if a mishap does occur:
- Buckle Up. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a road trip across the country, or if you’re just heading three blocks to the store, you should never step on the gas without your seat belt buckled. According to the National Safety Council, “More than half of vehicle occupants killed in 2012 were not wearing seatbelts.”
Unfortunately, despite great efforts on the part of cities and states around the nation, this number cannot change unless drivers and passengers make a conscious decision to buckle up each time they get in a vehicle. Never allow passengers to ride in your car without fastening their seat belts, and be sure to always secure yours, whether you’re riding or driving.
- Deny the Distractions. The temptation to talk and text is ever-present. In this constantly-connected economy in which we live, our phones are always at our fingertips, but nothing is more important than safety when behind the wheel, and any phone call or text message can wait until you’ve arrived at your location. In Injury Facts 2016, presented by The National Safety Council, distracted driving came in as the third biggest cause for fatalities in the road. Nearly a third of recent fatalities were attributed to distractions on the road.
If you find the temptation to answer your phone is too great, put it on silent and toss it in your glove-box. This way, it won’t make noise making you want to grab it, until you arrive safely at your destination.
- Allow the Speed Limit to Suffice. Over the past decade, about one-third of crash fatalities have resulted from excessive speed on the roadways. Although this number is declining, it’s still an alarmingly high percentage.
The higher the speed you’re traveling, the greater the impact that results from a crash, even if you weren’t the cause of the accident.
Even the safest of drivers can find themselves facing the aftermath of a collision on the road. If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, contact our team at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476, and be sure to download our 8 Surprising Things To Know After A Car Accident Checklist.