How to Avoid Vehicle Accidents

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At Shlesinger and deVilleneuve, we have represented thousands of clients who have been in vehicle accidents. This experience makes us uniquely qualified to advise you how best to avoid vehicle collisions in the first place.

Stay Safe on the Road

The best way to stay safe on the highway is to follow all applicable driving laws. This may seem very obvious, but a majority of vehicle collisions occur because of speeding or some other moving violation. Make sure you are paying attention to driving. This maxim merits repeating – make sure you are paying attention.  You may be a great driver, but you have no idea how good or bad a driver is directly in front, beside, or behind you. Because of this, keep your eyes alert. Anticipate other drivers’ moves. Drive defensively.

Beware of Distractions

Keep distractions at bay. Cell phone distraction is one of the most common distractions that cause vehicle collisions. There are usually settings on your phone that automatically lock the phone when you are driving. Another way to avoid cell phone distraction is to leave the cell phone in the back seat out of reach.

Distractions are not always caused by cell phones. Eating, drinking, applying makeup, changing the radio, changing the air conditioner or heat are all ways a driver can be distracted while driving.

Don’t Drive After Drinking

Every American knows it is illegal to drink alcohol and then drive a vehicle, but most don’t realize that their prescription medications or recreational drug usage can also cause intoxication and may contribute to car accidents. Even if you aren’t impaired, consider the roadways. If it is raining or snow is falling, it may cause additional issues with your travel plans. Keep those conditions in mind and slow down if necessary.

Keep Up With Vehicle Maintenance

Finally, keep your vehicle maintained. Maintenance issues can lead to vehicle failure and car accidents. For instance, brake lights malfunctioning during a nightly storm may cause a person to rear-end you. Keeping your vehicle in good working order is a great way to ensure you are minimizing any mechanical failures that can cause a crash.

Find Our Firm for Help After an Accident

Sometimes, no matter what you do to protect yourself on the road, collisions happen. If you have been in a car accident, call our firm.


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