You never leave your house with the intention of getting into a Bucks County auto accident. However, you can’t control how others operate their vehicles, and their negligence can bring your life to a screeching halt. Fortunately, there are some simple safety tips provided by Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr., that you can follow to reduce your risks of being seriously injured.
Below is a list of seven things you can do to avoid being involved in a crash.
Before You Turn the Key
Traffic safety starts before you ever turn your car on. Before turning the key, check to make sure:
- Your tires are in good shape and that they have enough air.
- You have enough fuel to get to where you are going.
- You have enough engine fluids, such as oil and brake fluid.
- No warnings or check engine lights are illuminated.
Use Your Eyes for Driving
When behind the wheel, you should use your eyes for driving only. Always be scanning for road dangers by looking ahead and using your rear view and side mirrors. Avoid driving distractions such as:
- Staring at another accident scene.
- Texting while driving.
- Making and receiving phone calls.
- Reading maps, books, or news publications.
- Changing your radio dial.
- Inputting coordinates into your GPS.
Regularly Check Your Blind Spots
It’s not uncommon for a vehicle to be in one of your blind spots without you knowing it. That is why you should regularly check your blind spots, especially before making a lane change. The sudden realization that a vehicle is there can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Be Mindful When You Have Been Driving Side-by-Side with Another Vehicle for a While
It’s easy for either driver to forget about the person next to them, especially if one the vehicles is in the other’s blind spot. Make sure the other driver sees you by pulling ahead or falling behind for a brief moment.
Look Both Ways When Approaching an Intersection
Some of the most serious Philadelphia area accidents occur in intersections. That is because many drivers assume they are safe when they have the right of way. You can’t ever assume that another driver sees you or is paying attention. Always look both ways when going through an intersection, even if you have the green light.
Pull Over for Emergency Vehicles
Pulling over for an emergency vehicle is the law. However, many motorists try to drive around or pull ahead resulting in fatal accidents annually. If you hear or see a siren, pull over immediately for:
- Fire trucks.
- Police cars.
Respect and Obey All Traffic Laws
The majority of all PA and NJ auto accidents are the result of someone violating one or more traffic laws, especially when it comes to speeding, running red lights, and not stopping at stop signs. You reduce your odds of being injured if you get in the habit of obeying all traffic rules.
Maintain a Safe Distance from Other Vehicles
Rear-end collisions are some of the most common and dangerous types of auto accidents. They generally result when a driver follows too close to the vehicle in front of them. You can avoid hitting a vehicle in front of you by making sure there is enough distance to stop, in the event the vehicle in front slows down or stops suddenly.
Don’t Let the Other Driver Get Away with It
Your accident might not have been your fault. That is why you should speak to an experienced PA & NJ auto accident attorney. The car accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC have the experience and knowledge to help you determine the merits of your case and to hold the responsible driver liable for your injuries.
To learn more about your case, order a FREE copy of our book, How to Maximize Your Pennsylvania Car Accident Case Before an Insurance Company Takes Advantage of You. Contact us to discuss your case at 215-642-2335. We can help you get started.