TOLEDO, Ohio. Car accidents can change your life forever. Serious accidents can lead to disability, death, and long-term challenges. Even a small fender bender can increase your insurance premiums and, in some individuals, lead to anxiety behind the wheel. The vast majority of car accidents are due to human error. According to the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, 90 percent of car accidents are the result of human error. So, how can you prevent car accidents? Here are a few tips:
- Put down the cell phone. While we often hear about texting and driving, there are other ways that your cell phone can distract you while you are behind the wheel. Checking your GPS, changing music on your device, and answering phone calls by having to pick up your phone can also distract you. According to the Balance, the best way to stay safe is to disable text messaging while driving and to connect your phone to your hands-free system so you can answer calls and change songs without having to look down.
- Get sleep. Drowsy driving results in deaths and car crashes every year. Get a good night’s rest and if you’re on a long drive and start to feel drowsy, stop for coffee or pull over and take a nap.
- Check your eyeglasses prescription. Your prescription can sometimes change year to year. Go in for your yearly check up and make sure your vision is crystal clear before you hit the road, particularly at night.
- Get a tune up. If your brakes aren’t in perfect working order or if your tires are prone to blowing, your car isn’t safe. Brake failures and tire blowouts not only put you at risk, but they endanger everyone else on the road around you.
- Follow the rules. Don’t speed. Don’t run stop signs. When the light turns yellow, hit the brakes, not the gas.
- Don’t drink and drive. If you plan to party, get a designated driver, plan to have a friend drive you home, or call an Uber.
- Check the weather before you go. Driving during fog, rain, or poor weather is inherently more dangerous than other types of driving. If you’re planning a longer drive, plan your route and check the weather along the way. Try to avoid night driving, when possible, because night driving is also more dangerous than daytime driving.
Car accidents can be deadly and devastating, but most can be prevented with proper care and precautions. Drivers who are negligent behind the wheel or those who drive recklessly can be held responsible for their behavior. If you or a loved one was hurt due to the actions of another driver, you may be entitled to seek damages for your losses and medical expenses. The Schuller Law Office in Toledo, Ohio, is a car accident law firm that can help you and your family after a crash. If you have questions about your rights after your accident, visit us at https://schullerlaw.net/ to learn more.