The month of June is National Safety Month. Car crashes can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, burns, road rash, broken or fractured bones, and paralysis. Our firm wants to provide you with practical steps you can take to increase your safety on the road.
Safe Driving Tips Include:
1. Avoid Drunk, Distracted, or Drowsy Driving
Drunk driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving cause thousands of accidents each year in the United States. When you get behind the wheel, you owe a reasonable duty of care to others on the road. This means you need to drive in a safe and legal manner.
Alcohol affects your ability to make quick judgments, identify dangerous situations, and react to changing conditions on the road. Drowsy driving has many of the same effects as alcohol. In addition, distractions limit your ability to recognize dangerous situations and react appropriately. For example, if you are looking down at your phone, you may not see another car enter your lane or a light turn red. Thus, it is important to avoid distractions at all costs while driving, and to stay completely focused on the road.
2. Practice Defensive Driving
Defensive driving includes maintaining a safe and legal speed, exercising caution around construction sites, and keeping a buffer distance between your car and the cars around you. It is important to drive responsibly and to always use your turn signals when making a turn or changing lanes. Although you can’t control the actions of others, you may be able to avoid an accident by practicing defensive driving habits. You will be able to notice dangerous situations and take appropriate maneuvers to prevent a crash.
3. Obey All Federal & State Traffic Laws
Another important safety habit is to obey all federal and state traffic laws. Wearing a seat belt, going the speed limit, and using turn signals can increase your safety. Furthermore, it is important to yield the proper right-of-way in intersections, and to avoid running yellow or red lights. You should also use your headlights at night and during inclement weather.
At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, we are passionate about helping our clients seek justice. If you or a loved one have been injured in a traffic crash, our Brooklyn car accident attorneys will determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to, and will fight aggressively on your behalf. Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.