At 5:00 p.m., Roger got a call from his wife asking to pick up groceries for supper on his way home from work. He got into his car and made his way to the store. Less than a mile from Walmart, his phone vibrated. It was a text from his wife. WE NEED MILK TOO PLZ. He starting replying back and was about to hit send when he heard the crunch of metal.
While driving a vehicle is a normal occurrence ingrained into our everyday lives, it can be a serious risk when it isn’t operated properly. When they are lucky, drivers in accidents can walk away with a few bumps. Bad accidents can cause physical impairments or worse.
Read These Three Tips to Prevent a Car Accident
1) Avoid distractions: Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents among drivers. Many assume this pandemic is associated with younger drivers, the ones who have cell phones stuck to their fingers, but reality is different. Female and male drivers between the ages of 35-44 have the highest number of distracted driving convictions, accounting for 6,715 convictions out of 27,417. Other distractions include wildlife and roadside accidents. Drivers like to slow down for both, which is unsafe if they are traveling well below the speed limit.
2) Don’t ignore vehicle maintenance: Laziness can also cause accidents on the road. Didn’t want to fix that signal light last week? Well, it’s a little late now. The same goes for headlights. Any part of your vehicle that helps other drivers see you should be repaired immediately after it breaks. Performing other regular vehicle maintenance, like changing your oil and inflating your tires, will ensure your car doesn’t halt to a stop or send you across lanes of traffic. Proper maintenance is a simple way to avoid motor vehicle accidents.
3) Drive defensively: Sometimes this can be hard to do when someone else cuts you off or is following too close behind. You may want to retaliate, but you shouldn’t. Defensive driving will help you arrive home safely. People need to share the road; you aren’t the only driver and shouldn’t act like one. Be courteous, too. If someone needs to merge, give them the space to do so.
Even the best drivers get into accidents. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the team at Rhino Legal Finance can help you. Contact us today to learn how.