Ask any car accident lawyer in Philadelphia if he or she thinks that the majority of vehicle accidents could be avoided, and the attorney will tell you, definitely, before you even get the words out of your mouth. In fact, it may be true that, not including accidents due to mechanical breakdown or natural disasters, 100 percent of them could be prevented.
Carpey Law is staffed by car accident lawyers in Philadelphia who represent drivers who have been injured in vehicle accidents. We’ve been around long enough to know that the biggest reason these accidents happen is human negligence. Here, we want to suggest seven ways you can avoid ever causing a traffic accident.
First, never drive while intoxicated, and never be in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated person. This should be common sense, but obviously its not, because in 2010, 1.41 million drivers were arrested for drunk driving. In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-related car crashes.
Second, don’t be overcome by “road-hypnotism.” This is when you fall into a state where you stare in one direction or at an object ahead for more than a few seconds. Your eyes need to be constantly moving, surveying what’s around you. This one tip
alone can greatly decrease your chances of ever needing a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia.
Third, DO NOT use cell phones or any hand-held gadgets while driving. Experts have suggested that this activity may now account for as many vehicle crashes as drinking and driving.
Fourth, avoid tailgating – no matter what. Experienced car accident lawyers in Philadelphia will tell you that your reaction time is not as great as you think it is. If you’re too close to the driver ahead of you and he or she slams the breaks, you have
a mere split second to slam yours. It’s not going to happen.
Fifth, slow down. Seemingly another obvious one, but speeders cause a huge number of car wrecks and deaths in the Philadelphia metro area every year. A word of advice, which you’ve surely heard before: getting where you’re going more quickly isn’t worth losing your life.
Sixth, if it’s snowing or the roads are icy or it’s raining cats and dogs, stay off the road if at all possible. If you must go out, remember this very important word: S-L-O-W-L-Y. Rubber and dry asphalt are good friends. Rubber and wet, slippery
asphalt are not.
Seventh, wear your seatbelt. Just about any car accident lawyer in Philadelphia can tell you that far more people than you would imagine refuse to wear a seatbelt, even though it’s against the law not to. True, the simple act of buckling up probably won’t keep you from causing an accident, but it can keep you alive if you or another driver does.
Carpey Law care about the safety of all Pennsylvania motorists. We also care that those who have been innocently injured (including pedestrians) by another driver receive vigorous, skillful representation in order to receive the legal compensation they deserve. If ever need a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia, we’d be happy to speak with you about professional representation. Just call (800) 422-8286, or contact us on our website.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.