Auto accidents are among the leading causes of deaths and injuries in the United States, including Georgia. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia was among the five counties with the most significant number of road accident fatalities in 2017 with 1540.
Schedule an appointment with an Atlanta car accident attorney to protect your rights if you are involved in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence. While it is not possible to entirely avoid road accidents, there are some tips you can use to minimize the risk and avoid being at fault if involved in one.
Keep away from the fast lane
As the name suggests, the fast lane is used by vehicles moving at top speeds. As a result, most accidents occur in this area. You will also attract the attention of highway patrol officers. Therefore, driving in a different lane is a simple tip you can use to avoid speeding tickets and minimize the risks of being involved in an accident.
Distractions are also another common cause of road accidents. You should drive distraction-free if you want to be safe. Distraction could be visual, manual, cognitive, and auditory. This means that you should avoid;
- Loud music in your car
- Phone calls
- Constantly looking outside the vehicle
Always focus on the road and constantly scan around to the sides for potential dangers.
Be cautious at night
Drivers tend to be lazy and unpredictable at night. This is also the most common time you can find yourself in encounters with drivers under substance influence. Moreover, vision at night is not as good as it would during the day. Thus, you should be hyper-alert and cautious when driving during the evening and late at night.
Be careful when changing lanes
Accidents commonly occur when people are changing from one lane to another. Therefore, you should avoid changing lanes abruptly, missing turn signals when changing lanes, and cutting in front of other vehicles.
In some cases, changing lanes carelessly does not cause an accident directly. But it could likely cause road rage, which also results in road crashes.
Other drivers should also follow the proper rules and courtesy anytime they are changing lanes to avoid accidents.
Don’t drive if you’re feeling drowsy
Driving with severe fatigue or when sleep-deprived could also cause a car crash very quickly. Always ensure you have had enough sleep before getting behind the wheel to stay as alert as possible. Avoid driving if you feel you are too tired.
Get your car checked regularly
A car that has gone for a while without routine maintenance could get you in an accident regardless of how carefully you drive. Have it checked for tire problems, brake fluid issues, and performance capability.
Work with an attorney in case of an accident.
If you follow the tips discussed above, you will avoid most accidents on the road. If you are still involved in an accident, the chances are that another party’s negligence will cause it. Experts at Ponton Law are dedicated to helping receive the deserved compensation. Book an appointment online today or call 404-857-4124.