Driving a car is the most popular way to get around all across the United States, but especially in Georgia. With a large number of cars on highways and residential streets at any given time, the potential for accidents to happen is always present. A car accident can cause dire consequences in one’s life. Injuries result in medical bills, property damage, and a potentially long road to recovery. As such, there are certain practices and techniques that can be employed while driving to reduce the risk of being in an accident.
- Watch Out for Blind Spots: A driver not being aware of, or not checking, his or her blind spot while driving is a main contributor to accidents. Be sure to double check side and rear view mirrors, look over your shoulder, and keep your eyes peeled for sudden changes in traffic. A blind spot is called a blind spot for a reason, it is a spot that is not easily seen while driving. There is no way to guarantee that there is not an obstacle in your path, so taking precautions to avoid accidents as a result of blind spots can help.
- Eliminate Distractions: Distracted driving is one of the biggest contributors to accidents. An increased dependence on cell-phones and other hand-held devices places everyone on the road at risk. It is not just electronics that cause distractions, but even having too many passengers in the vehicle, taking your eyes off of the road to pay attention to a roadside distraction, and a number of in-car distractions can cause accidents.
- Follow Traffic Laws: Traffic laws exist in Georgia to make driving the safest it can be. Stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic lights, and following the rules of the road can reduce your risk of being in an accident. While there is no way to guarantee that other drivers obey the law, you following the rules makes the road safer for you.
- Avoid Inclement Weather: Driving in inclement weather is dangerous. Heavy rains, winds, and other less than ideal driving conditions can create difficult driving situations. Try to avoid making unnecessary trips during periods of inclement weather.
- Know How to Operate Your Car: Even if a driver takes every single precaution available, if he or she does not know how the car operates, then there is risk of an accident. It is imperative to know the functions of the car, the size of the car, and how to operate the car. Additionally, frequent inspections can help eliminate the risk of a sudden tire blowout or engine failure.
Even if you take all of the precautions possible, there is no way to completely avoid an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, you need a personal injury attorney who will fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. The experienced personal injury attorney at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. is an advocate for you. Contact us today for a consultation.