Can an auto accident be avoided?
Not every car crash is the same, though many are avoidable. If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may find yourself second-guessing the incident. Of course, many crashes are the fault of the other driver and beyond your control. Certainly, personal injury and property damage are frustrating experiences. Let us review three common accidents and how they might be avoided.
Rear-end collisions: According to a report issued by the National Highway Safety Administration, rear-end crashes are frequently reported accidents. Often, victims of the incident are caught by surprise when a vehicle seemingly appears out of nowhere. In some cases, these actions may help:
- Avoid stopping short at all costs
- Pump your brakes so that your brake lights signal you are about to stop
- Check your mirrors often and have an escape route in mind
- Travel with at least a couple of car lengths ahead of you
Intersection accidents: This category of crashes occurs when two or more roads come together. Many intersections are controlled by traffic signals or signs. Data collected by the National Automotive Sampling System-General Estimates System (NASS-GES) estimates that approximately 40% of crashes occur at intersections. How can you contribute to your safety?
- Assume nothing. Wait for the other driver to breeze through the light even if it is green in your favor.
- Pay attention to other drivers. Many are in such a hurry that they will ignore stop signs, haphazardly enter the intersection and cause an accident.
- Use turn signals and pay attention to those used by other drivers.
Weather-related crashes: Winter weather is around the corner. Although it may be too soon to discuss accidents related to snow and ice, rain can also contribute to car crashes. Even sun glare can cause an accident Consider these important tips:
- Keep your speed down and do your best to avoid other vehicles travelling too quickly for the conditions.
- Allow more stopping time and distance between cars.
- Use your mirrors. Even if you are travelling straight, make it a habit to check cars behind you and to your sides.
Despite any defensive actions on your part, there is always the possibility that you or your loved one will be involved in a car crash. They are referred to as accidents for a reason. If you have suffered personal injury, it is extremely important to retain the services of a competent attorney. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has practiced this type of law for over two decades. Please contact us for a free consultation.