How to Stay Safe on The Road and Avoid Personal Injury Suits

How to Stay Safe on The Road and Avoid Personal Injury Suits

Every year, thousands of people experience road accidents that lead to personal injury lawsuits. Whether you are the victim of an accident or you are the one getting charges filed against them, accidents cost everyone money and can be extremely stressful, in addition to potentially causing permanent physical and mental damage to everyone involved. One of the best ways to prevent these things from happening is to be vigilant and stay safer while you are out on the road. Here are some tips you should always consider when you head out for a drive, bike ride, walk, etc.

Never head out while you are under the influence.
If you’ve been drinking, smoking, or even taking prescription drugs like sleeping pills or pain relievers, then you shouldn’t be stepping out in a car or on a bike. If you are drinking at a friend’s house, stay there until you are sober enough to drive yourself home safely, or recruit a friend who is sober to drive you home. You can also consider calling a cab or using an app like Uber or Lyft, which will provide you with a safe ride home. These problems can also be prevented by choosing a designated driver for the night before you leave.

Check your vehicle for damage or safety hazards frequently.
Many accidents occur because the driver wasn’t aware of problems with their car. To prevent this from happening, do regular checks on your brakes, engine, and other parts of your car just to make sure they are working. You should also be taking your car in for regular oil changes and other maintenance procedures.

Pay attention to road signs.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but a failure to obey signage is actually a very common cause of accidents. This is extremely important for pedestrians and bike riders. Even though you technically have the right of way, you can keep yourself much safer by crossing the street at designated crosswalks and stopping at stop signs. Bikers should also try to stay in the appropriate lanes instead of weaving in and out of traffic to avoid getting in an accident with a car, which will more than likely result in an injury. For drivers, it is particularly important to pay attention to things like one way signs, which are somewhat easy to miss but can result in serious accidents.

Keep your car free of distractions.
Although it can be tempting to use your daily commute as a time for multi-tasking, don’t do it. It is not worth risking your life or the life of others just to do something like make a phone call, take a picture, or apply your makeup. Put your phone on silent while you are driving and keep it somewhere you can’t reach it. Set your music up before you leave instead of fiddling with it while you are driving. Many cars nowadays also come with hands-free phone sets that are voice activated, which are a great tool to keep you safer if you just can’t stay off of your phone while you are driving.

Maintain the appropriate speed limit.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to adhere strictly to the speed limit, but you should be aware of the speeds of others around you. Going either too slow or too fast could result in an accident. Generally, the speed limit is a good guideline for how fast you should be going, but if everyone else around you is speeding, be aware of that and make decisions to avoid accidents. You should also be aware of conditions like weather or road construction and slow down when appropriate.

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