How Can I Avoid a Car Accident?

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Even the safest, most responsible drivers can be involved in a serious car accident when they least expect it. From inclement weather conditions to the irresponsible driving habits of other motorists, there are some things that you cannot control. According to statistics from the National Safety Council, motorists have a 1 in 114 chance of being fatally injured in a car accident in the United States. While that is a sobering statistic, there are several proactive steps you can take to avoid being seriously injured in a car accident. If you are involved in a serious car accident, an experienced car accident lawyer can walk you through every step of the claims process and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.

Obey the Rules of the Road

 Traffic laws are in place to keep motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians safe. From wearing a seat belt every time you are in the car to obeying the posted speed limit, following these rules can keep you and other motorists safe. Drivers who fail to obey these rules are more likely to cause a car accident that can result in serious injuries and fatalities.

Keep Vehicles in Good Condition

You are responsible for making sure that your car is always maintained. Make sure that you keep all recommended service appointments, particularly if something is not working properly. Waiting to repair something can often end up costing more the longer you wait to fix it. It is also a good idea to learn how to change your own tire in case you get a flat tire unexpectedly.

Avoid Driving Dangers

Distracted driving is far too common thanks to smartphones and other electronic devices that take drivers’ attention away from the road. Keep in mind that having your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded. In 2016, 28 percent of traffic-related fatalities were caused by drunk driving accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving because your judgment and reflexes are impaired when you are fatigued.

Be a Defensive Driver

Being able to anticipate other drivers’ unsafe behavior can help you avoid serious accidents. Always leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles on the road so that you have enough time to react to a potentially unsafe situation. If you see a driver weaving in and out of lanes, put distance between yourself and that vehicle. Call 911 if you believe a motorist is endangering the lives of other drivers on the road.

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of All Types of Car Accidents

If you were injured in a car accident, and the other driver was at-fault, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will work closely with you to determine the exact cause of the accident and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Prince George’s County, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.