Car accidents happen in a matter of seconds. Most of us don't get behind
the wheel expecting to be involved in a collision, but millions of
car crashes happen in the U.S. every year. In this post, our Joplin
personal injury lawyers share five simple ways Missouri drivers can reduce their risk
of having an accident.
1. Maintain your vehicle. In addition to prolonging the life of your vehicle, proper maintenance
can also help reduce your chances of having an accident. Be sure to have
your car serviced regularly: certain maintenance issues (i.e. improper
tire pressure, problems with brakes, etc) can create ideal conditions
for a crash.
2. Minimize potential distractions. Handheld electronic devices are a notorious source of distraction for
today's drivers, but other activities can be equally deadly when you're
behind the wheel. Refrain from eating and drinking; talking to passengers;
playing with the radio; grooming; or any other activity that takes your
attention away from the task of driving.
3. Slow down. When a vehicle's
speed increases from 40 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour, the energy released
by a collision more than doubles. In other words, the faster you're
traveling, the greater the force of the impact will be, should a collision
occur. Know the speed limit, and avoid driving too fast for conditions.
For example, it's just good sense to slow down in heavy traffic, in
inclement weather, and in construction zones.
4. Stay alert. We can't always count on other drivers to play by the rules. All too
often, negligent careless drivers cause collisions that involve people
who weren't doing anything wrong - except being in the wrong place
at the wrong time. Your best bet is to expect the unexpected: drivers
who stop suddenly, turn without signaling, follow too closely, and so
on. Be aware of what's happening around you so you can react quickly,
if needed. (And remember that impaired drivers can be incredibly dangerous.
Don't drive if you're drowsy or under the influence.)
5. Buckle up. The simplest - and most effective - way to reduce your risk of injury is to
wear your seatbelt. Between 2004 and 2008, seat belts saved over 75,000 lives - and more
than half of fatal crash victims weren't buckled up. If you're
carrying young passengers, it's especially important to make sure
they're properly restrained in appropriate child safety seats.
As the old saying goes, the best offense is a good defense. By taking a
few simple precautions, we can all work together to make Missouri roadways
safer and help ensure that we all arrive safely at our destinations.
The car accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs and Associates represent injury
victims in Joplin, Missouri and throughout the surrounding areas, including
Carthage, Webb City, Sarcoxie, Carl Junction, Lamar, Pierce City, Noel,
Anderson and Pineville. For more information about our firm's
free initial consultation, please call our office toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO.
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