With around 6 million car accidents occurring every year in the U.S., it is essential to be cautious when driving. While some of these accidents are unavoidable, many are caused by distracted, tired, or intoxicated drivers. Here are some tips to help protect you from a car wreck.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% when worn correctly by front-seat drivers. Wear your seatbelt to help avoid serious injury, even on short drives. Your seat belt protects you from being easily thrown around in the car or even through the windshield and can help reduce the risk of injuries or death.
Maintain Your Car
Proper car maintenance is critical to keep your vehicle properly running and helping to extend the vehicle’s lifespan. Follow the manufacturer’s service and maintenance schedules, and remember to check periodically for proper oil and tire pressure levels.
Follow Traffic Laws
Traffic laws and regulations are designed to protect all road users; obey all traffic signals, road signs, and observe the proper speed limit.
Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds can result in a dangerous accident. Never text while driving and wait to change your radio station when you’re at a complete stop. Try to avoid taking calls while driving or use hands-free technology like Bluetooth to ensure your eyes are always on the road.
While you may do your best to prevent a car accident, it is still helpful to know what to do if you get into one. Never admit fault or discuss the event’s details with anyone other than the police. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in New York and believe you need legal representation, contact the attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP to discuss your case. Our law firm has experience in numerous motor vehicle cases and can help you understand your best options. Request a free consultation today.