Although there is always risk inherent in driving, you can significantly reduce your chances of a car accident by following these tips for safe driving:
- Never drive while intoxicated. Do not drive under the influence of drugs, and call a cab or ask a designated driver for a ride home if you have been drinking.
- “Scan” the roadway. Instead of keeping your eyes locked on the vehicle in front of you, get into the habit of also observing what is happening within all areas of your field of vision.
- Prevent distracted driving. Cell phone conversations and texting often lead to car accidents.
- Check your blind spots, especially before changing lanes. Even with the most effective positioning of your mirrors, you may not be able to see another vehicle beside you, like a motorcycle, for example.
- Do not drive aggressively. This tip is fairly general because it encompasses a variety of driver behaviors. Aggressive driving includes tailgating, speeding, changing lanes improperly, failing to yield, and cursing or gesturing imprudently at other drivers.
These are just a few of the ways you can practice safe driving and avoid a car accident. Sometimes, safe drivers are the victims of car accidents caused by negligent drivers. After a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
For legal guidance following a car accident in Parkersburg, West Virginia, or the surrounding areas, please contact experienced accident lawyers Jim Leach, L.C., to schedule a consultation.