As a car accident lawyer, we help clients that have been injured and are seeking compensation to pay for their medical bills, property damage, lost wages, etc. After reviewing many cases, one thing is clear – plenty of car wrecks can be prevented and avoided. While you can't control what the other driver does, there are certain steps that you can take to keep yourself out of harm's way. Since many of our clients get into more than one car wreck in their lifetime, here are steps you can take to stay safe this winter and prevent you and your family from becoming injured.
- Have your car inspected. In order to drive safely, turn appropriately, break on a dime, see clearly and go through standing water – your car must be functioning properly. To ensure that it is, we recommend having your car inspected every winter. This way you can be sure that there is enough tread on your tires to drive in inclement weather. You can also make sure that your brakes and windshield wipers are functioning as they should.
- Fill up on gas. When a storm is coming, you need to make sure that you have plenty of gas. You never know when there will be an accident that delays you and the last thing you want is to get stuck. As a car accident lawyer, we understand that if you break down or run out of gas in the middle of the road, your chances of being hit are only increased.
- Watch the weather report. Pay attention to the weather and plan for how you will drive when a storm is coming. You may want to take an alternative route due to flooding risks or steep hills that should be avoided. Simultaneously you may want to drive a heavier vehicle or simply stay home in general. When you know what the weather is supposed to be like, you can plan accordingly.
- Be a defensive driver. It is important to pay attention to what the cars and people around you are doing. This way you can avoid an accident by slowing down around children, giving a bus plenty of room, and breaking for someone running a red light. Each time that you drive, there are risks around you. Planning for what they may do will reduce your chances of getting hurt.
- Use a headset. Do not talk or text while driving. This is incredibly dangerous and has led to many car accidents. If you have to talk while driving make sure that you use a headset. A Bluetooth one works best since you can answer with the touch of a button. Otherwise, put your phone on silent and keep it somewhere that you can't access without pulling over. While the temptation to use it is great, so is the danger.
- Go to sleep. Get plenty of rest before you drive and if you get tired on the road, pull over. Driving while tired can have the same impact as driving while drunk – don't do it.
If you get into a car wreck anyway, we can help. Call and schedule your consultation with a car accident lawyer today.