Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that a person in the U.S. is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds. In nearly each case, someone behaved negligently, and could have averted the accident by being more careful. In almost every accident, a motorist failed to exercise sufficient caution, and instead, behaved negligently. Although weather conditions can be contributing factors, in the majority of cases, the accident is the fault of the driver.
Following are some precautions that will help prevent you from becoming involved in an accident:
1. Do not make phone calls or text using your cellphone. Paying attention to something other than the road can distract you and cause you to have an accident. Also, a phone call or text may upset you and further increase the likelihood of colliding with another vehicle, pedestrian or object.
2. Refrain from driving in the fast lane. Drive in the right or center lane, either of which will allow you to more easily avoid a collision. The majority of car accidents take place in the fast lane.
3. Program your GPS prior to driving. In lieu of typing your destination name while driving, program your GPS before you start driving. In this way, you will be better able to direct your attention to the road.
4. Watch out for blind spots. In order to give yourself a clear view of what is adjacent to you and behind you, adjust your mirrors. Whenever you merge into another lane, you should always turn so that you can see the lane.
5. Do not tailgate, or drive too closely behind another vehicle. Leave a three-second gap between your car and the vehicle ahead of you. Tailgating is a leading cause of car accidents.
6. Have a mechanic examine your engine on a regular basis. Change the oil frequently, and have the tires correctly inflated so as to prevent abrupt vehicle breakdowns.
If you were involved in a car accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizo, Pappa & Casazza. They obtain for their clients compensation that covers past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other types of damages.