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Ways to Avoid a Car Accident

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Car Accidents

Traffic accidents happen because unforeseen circumstances can lead to collisions. While avoiding accidents altogether is the ultimate goal, there are steps drivers can take to minimize harmful impacts if one does occur.

Preventive measures

The most effective way to minimize the impact of a collision is to avoid one entirely. You can strive to achieve this goal by adopting a defensive driving mindset. This can allow you to anticipate the actions of other drivers and potential hazards. Don’t forget to maintain a safe following distance, allowing ample space to react to sudden stops.

You should make efforts to help ensure your car is always in top condition. Routinely inspect your vehicle to establish tire pressure, fluid levels, and brake functionality. Faulty equipment can significantly contribute to accidents and worsen their impact. If you fail to properly maintain your car, you could be potentially held responsible for an accident if that faulty condition was a contributing cause.

Furthermore, always wear your seatbelt correctly and make sure all passengers are buckled up also. And remember, modern cars come equipped with airbags designed to cushion occupants in a crash. Never tamper with these safety features.

Did you know that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions? The leading cause of distracted driver collisions is a driver not paying attention because they are on their phone while driving. When you are behind the wheel, put down your phone. You can significantly lessen your chances of causing an accident by simply not using your phone while driving. It really is that simple. Although you have no control over what other drivers do while driving, not using your phone while driving will significantly reduce the chances of you causing a collision and being held legally responsible for injuries to another driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. If you are responsible for an accident, your insurance company will pay the claim but you could have your policy cancelled or at the very least, your insurance rates could increase significantly due to the accident you caused.

Although you cannot completely eliminate all risks on the road, properly maintain your vehicle, pay attention, and put down your phone while driving.