The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 900,000 car accidents occur in the United States every year. This means, every day, thousands of Americans are involved in some form of a motor vehicle accident. With such unfortunate odds, it is important that drivers exercise caution while traveling on or off highways. Even if you are a particularly safe and conscientious driver, others drivers on the road might not be as cautious as you. So here are some tips to help keep you from causing, or falling victim to, a car accident.
Limit Your Distractions: Something everyone can do to make roads safer is to limit distractions while driving. Texting, talking on cell phones, playing with the radio, and putting on makeup are just a few ways that Philadelphia drivers distract themselves at the wheel of their cars. Catch yourself in the act and stop yourself. It could save a life.
Be Cautious at Intersections: It happens all the time: A driver stops at a red light and waits for it to turn green before continuing toward his or her destination, just to be struck by a reckless driver running a red light in the perpendicular lane. Even when your light has turned green, remember to exercise caution; check to make sure the intersection is safe.
Look for Damaged Cars: A good indicator that a nearby driver might be reckless is the presence of dents, scratches, and other cosmetic imperfections on his or her vehicle. If you see a car with noticeable damage, be careful.
Know Your Blind Spots: Know your vehicle; always be aware of blind spots. If your car has a particular blind spot that hides cars in parallel lanes, consider purchasing mirrors with larger fields of view, or simply practice extra caution when attempting to change lanes.
Look Ahead: Don’t just watch the car directly before you in traffic; keep an eye on what is going on three or four cars ahead. If there is problem coming up, you can avoid danger if you have seen it well ahead of time.
Each and every one of us must do our part to limit the danger associated with driving. Whenever you are behind the wheel of your car, try to exercise the best possible driving etiquette. But observing the above safety tips is only the beginning of practicing safe driving. For more information on traffic safety, please see “The Dangers of Texting While Driving,” and “Three Major Factors in Motorcycle Accidents,” two articles which are also located on the Carpey Law website.
You should also request a free copy of Purchasing Auto Insurance in Pennsylvania, an insurance guide written by Stuart A. Carpey.
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.