Prevention and Protection: Staying Safe on the Roads

Vehicle accidents happen in an instant. The majority cause only minor dents in the vehicle and an occasional bump or bruise to the driver and passengers. Unfortunately, many others result in serious injuries, extensive damage to the vehicle and numerous unexpected expenses. It is unrealistic to become 100 percent accident-proof. No driver can ever be aware, trained or prepared enough to guarantee they will never be a victim of a crash. It is possible to reduce the odds of being involved in an accident.

  • Stay aware of what is happening around the entire vehicle and remember to be cautious of all blind spots.
  • Whenever possible avoid driving in the fast lane or driving directly beside another vehicle.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock position.
  • Stay away from poorly maintained vehicles and inattentive drivers.
  • Never enter an intersection without looking in both directions. A green light or the right of way means nothing if another driver is not paying attention or if an emergency vehicle is approaching the intersection.
  • Keep vehicles properly maintained and inspect the tires regularly.
  • Know how to drive in hazardous weather conditions. Drive during stormy weather only when absolutely necessary.
  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or when taking prescription medications that cause drowsiness. Do not eat, use a mobile phone or perform grooming tasks when driving.
  • Avoid driving when sleepy. Research studies have proven it is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
  • Never exceed the speed limit and remember that the limit is the top speed. Slow down if the visibility is poor or the roads are slippery.
  • Know all driving laws and follow them.
  • Choose a vehicle that is comfortable and easy to handle and has excellent safety ratings.

Awareness of legal rights following an accident helps to prevent costly mistakes. One of the first steps every driver should take following an accident is to consult with an attorney. However, this is not all people need to remember. Visit to learn what not to do immediately following an accident. It is an important list that every driver should use as a guideline to protect their rights and solidify any legal claim against the responsible party.