When you drive on public roads, it is important to observe traffic laws and safe driving practices. Unfortunately, even the most careful driver can’t be completely protected against others who drive recklessly. Stay informed about common dangers posed by negligent motorists to decrease your risk of personal injury from a motor vehicle accident. Here are four tips to help keep you safe:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every 14 seconds, an American is injured in an auto accident. Simply slowing down if a negligent or aggressive driver is swerving in front of you can significantly reduce that motorist’s threat. If you notice someone driving erratically, reduce your vehicle’s speed to create a safer distance between you and the unsafe driver.
Keep an eye on your rearview and side mirrors. If someone appears to be following you too closely, or tailgating, make sure the next lane is clear, turn on your signal, and carefully move to the side. It is always safer to let an aggressive driver pass you than follow you.
Be Cautious Around Trucks
Large trucks can weigh almost 30 times as much as a passenger car. Given their size, they have a much harder time coming to a sudden stop. Avoid driving in front of large trucks in case you need to stop quickly. If you must drive next to or behind a semi, be sure to stay within the driver’s line of vision and do not follow too closely.
If another motorist’s driving appears particularly erratic or reckless, pull over as quickly and safely as possible and call the police to inform them of the danger. If you suspect someone is driving drunk, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Even the safest drivers can be harmed by others’ negligence. If you live in Killeen or the greater San Antonio area and have been hurt by a negligent motorist, the team of personal injury attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm is here to guide you through your legal options. Call us today toll-free at (888) 335-7492.