What You Can Do to Avoid a Car Accident

Published on November 6, 2012

When you think about car accidents, you typically think about the injuries and damage that they can cause. A car accident that creates no injuries or fatalities is preferable to a more serious impact, but even the smallest fender bender can have an unexpected effect on your life. It will impact your ability to continue with the day you had planned, and possibly prevent you from having transportation to and from work, school, and other necessary appointments. To help prevent that from happening, there is a vast amount of information available to help you learn more about trends, and the most dangerous intersections and roadways and avoid the heartbreaking process of recovering from a car accident. If you have been in an auto accident you may want to contact an area car accident lawyer, but until then, these steps could help keep you safe.

Live Traffic Information

A great way to avoid being in an accident is to avoid areas experiencing road work and those where other accidents have recently occurred. Both of these situations create environments that may foster accidents. The unfamiliar detours and altered road conditions created by road work, as well as the distractions and possible debris from another accident, can cause people to drive less effectively. Avoiding these situations altogether is best but if you find yourself near a distraction remember to focus even more closely on the cars and conditions surrounding you. Drive more defensively to compensate for other drivers who may have become distracted.

Traffic Statistics

Perhaps you want to know what areas are more likely to have fatal accidents. These statistics are certainly interesting and they can help you avoid areas that tend to have a high number of yearly accidents resulting in fatalities. However, it is important to note that these types of statistics only tell part of the story. They may provide the facts of an accident and give you numbers to study and analyze but what about the accidents that didn’t cause fatalities. Ultimately, it is important to remember an accident can happen anywhere and at any time.

Defensive Driving

The best way to reduce your risk of becoming involved in an accident is to drive defensively and with your full attention focused on the road and the cars around you. A good defensive driving class can help you identify risky driving attitudes and behaviors before they become an issue. Many classes go beyond the basics of responsible defensive driving to include practices for driving in adverse conditions. In addition, to a little more peace of mind, by finding and enrolling in a good class, you may be able to get a reduced rate on your insurance, which is just an added bonus.

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Jeremy Thurman

Jeremy Thurman has been practicing law since 2002, and spent his first two years in practice with an insurance company defense firm. He joined McIntyre in 2004 and draws on his previous experience with insurance companies to represent plaintiffs in personal injury and mass tort cases. His primary areas of practice include auto negligence, medical malpractice, defective drugs, and nursing home negligence. Read more about Jeremy Thurman.

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