Kansas City personal injury lawyers know that it's always a good time for a refresher on roadway safety.
In this post, we discuss five basic driving tips to help Missouri motorists
reduce their car accident risks.
1. Stay focused. It's no secret that
distractedness is a contributing factor in many serious auto accidents nationwide. While cell phones are the most
notorious form of distraction, there are in fact several common sources,
including passengers, eating and drinking, reaching for dropped objects,
and daydreaming. Anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction),
your hands off the wheel (manual distraction), or your mind off the task
of driving (cognitive distraction) increases your chances of causing a crash.
2. Make adjustments. Responsible, defensive drivers know that they must adjust their driving
to adapt to roadway or traffic conditions. When you encounter wet pavement,
road construction or congested traffic, you may need to turn off your
cruise control, drive slower than the posted speed limit, and/or increase
your following distance. (And remember,
Missouri's Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane for emergency vehicles
displaying red and blue lights and MoDOT vehicles displaying amber and
3. Don't tailgate. Following too closely is a surefire way to increase your chances of causing
a rear-end collision - which can cause serious injuries to the occupants
of the struck vehicle, even when the collision occurs at low speeds. By
allowing extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of
you, you also allow yourself much-needed time to assess traffic conditions
in front of you and respond to them safely. To ensure you're following
at a safe distance, use the
three second rule.
4. Avoid alcohol. Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2010,
reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's about one percent of the 112 million self-reported drunk
driving episodes that occur in the U.S. every year. And these impaired
drivers are extremely dangerous: every single day, nearly 30 people are
killed in car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Alcohol
slows your reaction time, impairs your judgment, and damages your motor
skills. Don't drink and drive.
5. Buckle up. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seat belts are the "most effective traffic safety
device for preventing death and injury." Between 2004 and 2008, seat
belt use saved more than 75,000 lives. And according to the CDC, seat
belts reduce car crash injuries and fatalities by approximately 50%. It
only takes a second to fasten your seat belt, and it might just save your
life. Always buckle up when you're behind the wheel, and insist that
your passengers to do the same.
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers represent auto
accident victims in Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding areas. We
serve clients in Lee's Summit, Independence, Liberty, Belton, Harrisonville,
Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Clinton and Windsor. If you or a loved
one has been injured in a crash caused by a careless or negligent driver,
please contact our office to find out if we can help. Our attorneys work
on a contingent-fee basis, and we offer a free initial consultation to
discuss your case. Call us toll-free at 1-855-695-1426.
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