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What Are The Best Practices for Avoiding an Automobile Accident?

» Written by // December 2, 2020 //


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The best way to avoid the stress, hassle, and injuries associated with a car accident or a truck accident is to take preventative measures to avoid being involved in an automobile crash at all. An attorney at our Fort Walton Beach injury law firm explains what you can do to keep you and your family safe while on the roadways.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs when the person driving has their attention engaged by anything other than the operation of the motor vehicle. On average, distracted driving claims nine lives per day in the United States. Some of the more common examples of distracted driving seen by the attorneys at our Fort Walton Beach injury law firm include:

  • Use of technology, i.e., cell phone or iPad
  • Other passengers in the vehicle
  • Manipulation of radio and climate control buttons
  • Putting on makeup
  • Concentrating on passing scenery, i.e., stores, pedestrians
  • Eating & drinking

Do Not Drive While Under The Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol

Although this one may seem pretty obvious, many people still engage in driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. As a matter of fact, over 25% of all traffic-related deaths are the direct result of alcohol impairment. It is important to remember that the law to avoid driving while under the influence includes prescription pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs.

Avoid Reckless & Aggressive Driving

Reckless driving occurs when the operator of a motor vehicle engages in conduct that is unsafe. Aggressive driving is when the operator not only participates in dangerous conduct but also harasses other drivers. This is commonly referred to as road rage. Examples of behavior that qualifies as reckless or aggressive driving include:

  • Tailgating
  • Excessive speeding
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Running red lights
  • Pulling in front of other vehicles and slowing down

Perform Preventative Maintenance On Your Automobile

Having regular preventative maintenance performed on your motor vehicle extends the life of the vehicle and helps prevent accidents. Examples of preventive measures that should be taken to help avoid accidents include:

  • Replacing worn tires
  • Replacing aged windshield wipers
  • Replacing worn brake pads

Avoid Driving In Inclement Weather When Possible

Bad weather contributes to approximately 5,376 vehicular deaths per year in the United States. Some of the most common types of inclement weather that our Fort Walton Beach law firm has seen contribute to motor vehicle accidents includes:

  • High winds
  • Heavy rain
  • Thick fog

Speak With An Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney At Our Fort Walton Beach Injury Law Firm

If you have been in an automobile accident, you probably have questions about what you should do next. Contact our Fort Walton Beach injury law firm today via our online contact page or at 1-888-549-7011 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with one of our car accident lawyers. We are skilled legal professionals that can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.


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