Dallas, 07/21/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Truck accidents are frustratingly common. There are about 10 million auto accidents in the U.S. every year, including everything from semi-truck crashes to parking lot fender benders. Fortunately, comparatively few car accidents are fatal. According to the National Safety Council, just three in 1,000 auto accidents results in loss of life.
On the other hand, any kind of car accident is inconvenient and overwhelming. And just because a crash happens at a low rate of speed or in a parking lot doesn’t mean it can’t cause serious and life-changing injuries.
Statistically, most people will experience a motor vehicle collision once every 17.9 years. If you don’t like those odds, there are several things you can do to stay safe on the road.
Of course, sometimes accidents just happen. If you do experience a car accident, it’s always best to consult with an experienced Dallas car and truck accident lawyer about your options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages, so don’t wait to speak to a lawyer about your case.
Steps to Safer Driving
You can’t control how other people drive, but you can increase your chances of avoiding a collision by driving safely and avoiding potentially risky driving behaviors. Here are five things you can do to boost the odds in your favor.
Avoid Driving at Night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the deadliest times to drive are on Saturdays and Sundays between midnight and 3 a.m. About 74 percent of fatal collisions during these time periods involve intoxicated drivers. Obviously, it’s not always possible to avoid driving in the early morning hours on the weekends. If you’re a third-shift worker or someone who needs to drive at these times, stay alert and make sure you get plenty of regular adequate sleep before you drive.
Obey the Speed Limit. About one-third of all fatal car accidents are caused by speeding. Excessive speed is also a factor in a large number of truck accidents. Few people like the thought of being late, but it’s much better to arrive at your destination a little later than to risk your life.
Put the Cell Phone Down. Distracted driving is a national epidemic, and it just keeps getting worse. According to the federal government’s website on distracted driving, one-third of all drivers admit to texting and driving. At any given moment in the U.S., about 660,000 motorists are using cell phones while they drive. Other distractions behind the wheel include adjusting instrument panel controls, programming a GPS, eating, applying makeup, shaving, and even talking to passengers. If an activity takes your eyes off the road, save it for another time.
Don’t Drink and Drive. This may seem like an obvious tip, but many people misjudge just how much they have had to drink, or how much time has passed since they consumed alcohol. Everyone is different, and some people may be impaired after four drinks; others may be over the legal limit after a single alcoholic beverage. If you cause a drunk driving-related collision, you could face both civil and criminal penalties. If you’re too impaired to drive, call a friend or arrange for an alternate form of transportation, like a taxi. The hassle of retrieving your car in the morning is much better than dealing with the aftermath of a DUI or drunk driving collision.
Take Care of Your Car. Like any machine, your car requires regular maintenance and care. You rely on it to keep you safe, especially when you’re traveling on the highway at a high rate of speed. Shouldn’t you make sure it’s in tip-top shape? Many people have been seriously injured and even killed while stopped on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle. Routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tire pressure checks, can help you avoid a break-down or a collision.
Talk to an Accident Lawyer about Your Case
It’s normal to have a lot of questions after a car accident. These accidents happen all the time, but this may be your first time experiencing a motor vehicle collision. Don’t try to handle it on your own. Your car accident lawyer can help you every step of the way, providing you with guidance and much-needed peace of mind.
If you have been injured in a car or truck accident, call the truck accident lawyers at Eberstein & Witherite, LLP. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss your case.
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