Over 2.35 million Americans are injured or disabled as a result of vehicular accidents, each year. While the circumstances surrounding each incident are unique, an overwhelming majority are avoidable when drivers use reasonable care, and pay due attention to the road, other drivers, and their immediate environment.
If you have sustained any injuries as the result of a careless or distracted driver, it’s vital you retain the services of a vehicle accident law firm in Las Vegas, to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Here is a list of four driving safety tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim, and to protect yourself and others when you’re on the road.
1. Stay Focused
Ensure 100 percent of your attention is on the road and your surroundings, resisting the urge to multitask while driving. Distracted driving isn’t only about cellphone usage, but encompasses any activity that takes your eyes, or focus off the road, including:
- Changing the music using an integrated system or external device.
- Eating or drinking.
- Watching or interacting with passengers in the back seat.
- Applying makeup or checking your appearance.
- Using any electronic device such as a GPS.
2. Drive Defensively
Speed up your reaction time by anticipating the actions of those around you. Continuously scan the road, looking ahead and glancing in side and rear view mirrors every few seconds looking for hazards, erratic drivers, and to measure the clearance between your car and others before you turn, change lanes, slow down, or stop. Maintain a 3 to 4 second gap between you and the car in front, adding one second for each of the following:
- Inclement weather.
- Reduced visibility.
- Following a motorcycle or large commercial vehicle.
When stopped at an intersection, make sure you can see the rear tires of the vehicle in front; in the event you are rear ended, this may prevent you from connecting and causing further damage or injury.
When your traffic signal turns green, quickly scan left and right to ensure no vehicles are continuing through a red light.
3. Think Ahead
Plan your journey regardless of the distance, allowing ample time to reach your destination, adjusting all your controls before you depart, and having knowledge of a safe, alternate route if needed.
4. Safety First
Follow these general safety tips to help ensure your safety:
- Buckle up.
- Keep tires inflated, gas tank full, and your vehicle well-tuned.
- Circle check before entering your vehicle.
- Secure cargo, and keep needed items in easy reach.
- Stay sober and drug-free.
Contact GGRM: The Number One Vehicle Accident Law Firm in Las Vegas
Vehicle and driver safety is everyone’s business, but if you become injured at the hand of another motorist, it takes an experienced vehicle accident law firm in Las Vegas to ensure you are adequately represented, and receive fair compensation. Call the experts at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476) to schedule a free consultation, today.