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Preventing Car Accidents
Every driver has an obligation to help keep the roads safe. When someone drives negligently or recklessly, car accidents can and do happen. Every year, millions of drivers face the repercussions and consequences of a car accident, from medical bills and property damage to even facing criminal charges.
The experienced Florida car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. understand how car accidents can disrupt all corners of your life. For as much as we love to fight for our clients in and out of court, we’re even happier knowing that the people of our communities are safe and sound. That’s why we’d like to share some quick information here about how to prevent car accidents.
Of course, if you’ve done your best to keep everyone safe on the road but another driver hit you all the same, then you can count on us for legal counsel. Just dial (855) 933-3881 and request a free case review whenever you need us.
Quick Tips to Help Prevent Car Accidents
You can never know for certain when another driver is going to cause a car accident. However, you can always drive defensively to help reduce the risk. By keeping some important safety tips in mind, you can do your part in helping everyone get to their destinations safely.
Five quick safety tips that every driver should know are:
- Obey the posted speed limit: Obeying the posted speed limit is essential in helping to reduce the risk of accidents. Speed limit signs are not just arbitrary numbers — they are carefully calculated based on different factors including the type and number of lanes on a road, expected traffic conditions, and usual weather conditions for the area. Motorists who fail to abide by these speed limits inherently increase their chances of being involved in a crash.
- Leave plenty of space between cars: Leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and other cars on the road is an important safety measure that can help reduce the risk of accidents. Tailgating or following too closely massively increases the risk of a rear-end collision. You should try to maintain at least a 3-second gap between the back bumper of the vehicle in front of you and the front bumper of your vehicle. Remember to stay in the center of your lane, too, so you don’t risk a sideswipe accident.
- Avoid distractions: Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of motor vehicle accidents. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the task at hand — such as texting, eating, drinking, adjusting the music or GPS, and talking with passengers — can distract drivers and increase their chances of getting involved in an accident.
- Watch for traffic changes ahead: Trying to anticipate upcoming changes on the road is important for keeping yourself and other drivers safe. Monitoring the movement of traffic ahead can help you to take appropriate action, such as stopping or changing lanes when necessary. It’s also important to look out for sudden hazards that may appear in front of you, such as a car driving too quickly, animals crossing the road, or potholes. Typically, you should try to scan the road at least 10 seconds ahead of where you are currently.
- Always use turn signals: Using turn signals when turning or changing lanes is an important safety measure that helps ensure the safety of drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Turn signals inform other vehicles of your intentions, alerting them of your movements, and giving them time to react accordingly. By using your turn signals, you are providing an extra layer of protection and helping to keep the roads safe for everyone.
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