In the state of Georgia, an average of 5 people die in motor vehicle accidents each and every day. Dozens more are seriously injured, adding up to thousands of auto crash victims every year. The thought of a car accident is enough to make most of us think twice about our own driving habits and behaviors. If you want to give yourself the best chance at staying safe on the roads, there are a few things that you can do. While you can never control all the factors, like drunk drivers on the road, or bad weather, there are a few things that you can do to survive a collision, or avoid one altogether.
Want to give yourself the knowledge and skill to survive on the roads? Here are some tips!
Merely driving around in average conditions isn’t going to give you the skills you need to feel prepared for anything. Consider signing up for a defensive driving course, and if you have teens in the family, make sure they take a driving class too. These are often sponsored by local law enforcement, or nonprofit organizations.
There is a reason why we take seat belt laws so seriously here in Georgia- because they really do save lives. Make sure that you and your passengers are always buckled up before driving, and that the belts are properly fitted to ensure maximum safety. If you’re not sure what proper seat belt usage looks like, there are tutorial videos to help, or you can ask a local police officer.
One of the underestimated hazards of car crashes is the flying debris from objects inside the car. Things like cell phones and other electronics, beverage cups, jewelry, and bags can easily become lethal in the force of a collision. Secure these items by placing them into the glove box or console, tying them down with seat belts, or leaving them in the trunk. Don’t forget about your pets too- get a car safety harness for your furry friend!
In some car crashes, you will have to work to free yourself or escape from a deadly situation, and some tools may come in handy. Keep a fully-stocked first aid kit in your car, along with tools like a seatbelt cutter, emergency hammer/glass breaker, pocket knife, flares, flashlight, and emergency blanket.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, reach out to us right away. Our personal injury attorneys are proud to serve the community of Atlanta, and we can help you!