No one wants to be involved in a car accident of any kind. Most people know that distracted driving can increase the chance of being involved in an accident, yet most people think they are not driving while distracted. Check out just two tips you can follow that could significantly reduce the chance of you being involved in a distracted driving accident. If you are involved in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
An Important Note
Before we get to the two tips, it is important to note that many people believe that the main issue is teenagers texting while driving. The truth is that studies have found that drivers who use cell phones to talk – even with hands-free devices – are much more likely to get into an accident than those who are not on their phones at all. The fact is that just talking on the phone is distracting and prevents you from having optimal focus and reaction times.
- Pay Close Attention to “Almost Accidents”
- Make Rules and Stick with them
If you find yourself almost getting into an accident, take note. You may find yourself hitting the strip on the highway that indicates you are out of your lane. You may have a stop sign at which you find yourself always forgetting to look both ways. It may be that your emergency braking system stops you frequently when you are getting to close to vehicles around you.
Whatever your almost accidents are, take note of them. As yourself honestly: What is it about those areas that make you more prone to being involved in an accident? What are your weaknesses when driving? The better you know what they are, the more likely you will be to be able to avoid them.
Once you have an idea where your danger zones are, you can make rules for yourself – and then stick to them! For example, if you find that you tend to take out your phone at a stop sign and look at it, then you may want to put your phone in the backseat. Print out the rules you have made, put them in your car, and memorize them.
Does this seem like too much work? Does it seem silly? Remember that studies show that following just these two steps can lower the chances of you suffering a serious injury in a car accident by as much as 5%. If you do get into an accident, you can reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide a free legal consultation.