Prevent a Car Accident

Most people consider themselves to be good drivers, unfortunately without knowing the best techniques for defensive driving they can find themselves in dangerous situations.


Defense driving requires that you be prepared for changing road conditions, weather and driver actions. Many drivers pay close attention to their speed and lane changes, without paying attention to what other drivers are doing around them. Sometimes it's as important to know what's happening behind you as what's happening in front of you.


Prepare yourself.

Be aware of traffic conditions as your driving. Always alternate between looking as far as you can ahead, looking immediately ahead and looking in the rear view mirror. While driving on freeways a dangerous driver or emergency vehicles can be approaching from behind that can cause a dangerous driving condition. Take into consideration that it takes longer to slow down while driving on the freeway... even in high performance cars it can take at least 100 feet to stop from 60mph (about 1/3 the length of a football field). It will take a much longer distance to stop in heavier cars like SUVs and trucks.


Take Breaks on Long Trips.

When driving on long trips it is advised to take a 15-20 minute break every 2-3 hours of driving. Use rest stops, malls and anywhere that's safe to pull off and take a nap, walk and grab some fruit and protein to wake energize you for the rest of the trip.


Avoid Driver Distractions.

The National Safety Council reports that "using a cell phone while driving makes it four times as likely that you'll crash - while using handheld or hands-free devices".There is no phone call, text message or FaceBook update that is worth endangering your life or others.


Don't Drink and Drive.

The California DMV reports "it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08% or more (.04% or more if you drive commercial vehicles or .01% or more if under 21). Even a BAC below .08% does not mean that it is safe or legal to drive". Generally this means that even a 100lb person cannot legally drive having only had 1 shot of liquor, a beer or a glass of wine.

If you've been in a car accident or were injured in a motor vehicle collision, you are going to need to find a quality personal injury attorney. The problem is most attorneys that advertise as "personal injury experts" usually don't dedicate their practice to helping people who have been injured in a car or truck accident. These attorneys usually have a website that says that they'll basically take any case that walks through their door: injury, bankruptcy, criminal defense, family law Etc. An expert accident lawyer usually dedicates 100% of their entire practice to helping accident victims. They don't have time or resources to dedicate to splitting their expertise between 2-5 different areas of law. When looking for an injury lawyer, or any specific type of attorney for that matter, you should find some one who focuses or specializes in the area of law that you're looking for.



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