The vast majority of auto accidents are preventable, but what does “preventable” mean? According to the National Safety Council, preventable accidents are those in which at least one driver failed to take reasonable actions.
Although modern technology is preventing collisions and saving lives, defensive driving remains the most effective way to avoid a wreck. This is a proactive approach to accident prevention that involves anticipating the actions of other drivers, ignoring distractions, and avoiding dangerous situations.
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can sustain injuries when other motorists behave negligently. If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi injury lawyer can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Here are four tips that can make you a better defensive driver:
- Maintain Your Vehicle
Defensive driving is all about preventing dangerous situations, and one of the best ways to do this is to maintain your vehicle. Low tire pressure, cracked windshields, worn brake pads, malfunctioning headlights, and other defects can increase the likelihood of accidents.
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Unfortunately, many drivers put off vehicle maintenance because they do not have time to visit a mechanic. This is why the American Automobile Association recommends that motorists learn how to perform basic maintenance such as tire pressure checks, tread checks, and brake pad replacement. You can leave the major repairs to the pros, but a few do-it-yourself projects will save you time and money in the long-run.
- Avoid Aggressive Drivers
One of the most important steps in defensive driving is to avoid aggressive or dangerous motorists. You may be reluctant to give a reckless driver the right of way, but this can prevent an accident.
You should also look out for signs of drunk or distracted driving. Keep your distance if you notice a vehicle swerving, almost hitting an object, stopping well before or after a stop line, or showing abnormal braking and accelerating patterns.
- Plan Your Route
Plan your route before you depart. This can help you avoid traffic and unfamiliar roads.
Listen to your local radio station, or check for updates on news websites. As CNN explains, Waze and other applications can help you plan a safe route.
- Take a Defensive Driving Course
Consider taking a defensive driving course to improve your skills. The American Association of Retired Persons offers comprehensive refresher courses for drivers who wish to learn or refine their defensive driving techniques.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other damages. A Biloxi personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LTD can guide you through the claims process.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.