No matter how much people try to avoid auto accidents they happen. Especially in Greenville, NC, with East Carolina University back in session, there are more students and drivers on our roadways. There are many types of collisions, from rear-end accidents to DUI accidents or simple fender bender crashes can can range in severity and intensity. Safe driving goes a long way to improving your safety.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON PREVENTING AUTO COLLISIONS:
Obey our traffic lights and stop signs – You should always come to a complete stop at red traffic lights and stop signs. Running a red light increases your risk of being involved in an accident and possibly causing a wrongful death due to a side-impact accident or rollover collisions. To avoid these types of accidents, always come to a complete stop and look both ways for oncoming cars before proceeding.
Keep your distance – Make sure you drive a safe distance from the car in front of you so if they suddenly stop you will not rear-end them. It is recommended to you leave one full car length per 10 miles per hour between your car and the one in front of you.
Don’t get distracted – Distracted driving is the number one cause of auto crashes. Distracted driving is when you take your attention or eyes off the road (texting, talking, changing the radio station, etc.).
Use your turn signals – Making unsafe lane changes can be dangerous to both you, and the drivers around you. To prevent auto collisions use your right and left turn signals and always check your blind spots before changing lanes.
Never drive drowsy – Tired driving is not discussed nearly enough. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When you drive tired there are similar side effects just like if you were to drive under the influence. If you find yourself behind the wheel and feel yourself wanting to fall asleep, pull over, take a nap or get a room for the evening.
It’s important while on the road to pay attention to your driving and those around you. Stay alert so you can try to prevent any possible collisions that may occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP after you’ve contacted authorities and received medical treatment. Call our team at 252-378-2525 for help with your next steps on moving forward.