When you get behind the wheel in your vehicle, it’s crucial to stay as safe as possible. You may not be able to predict another driver’s negligence, but you can do certain things that protect you as much as possible. Defensive driving allows you to react as quickly as possible, but if someone’s negligence causes you harm, you must take action to pursue compensation.
Below, we’ll explain some of the ways you can avoid a car accident.
Give Other Drivers Space
Never follow too closely to other vehicles. The smaller the space between vehicles, the shorter the reaction time. You may not be able to react when another driver stops in front of you. Similarly, if you cut in front of a driver and start braking, you may not give the other driver a reasonable amount of time to stop behind you.
Follow All Laws
Stop signs, traffic signals, speed limits; all exist to help keep people safe on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore the laws and drive however they see fit. Whether you speed, ignore traffic signs, or break the law in any way, you can potentially cause a significant crash.
Check Your Vehicle
Vehicle maintenance is essential for any driver. If you don’t perform maintenance (e.g., checking your brakes, tires, and oil), you can experience a severe problem. Vehicle issues can lead to severe crashes, and owner liability can make someone responsible for a crash.
Recognize Signs of Negligence
Your cognitive abilities to recognize negligence can help keep you safe. For instance, if you see a driver swerving all over the road, it could indicate intoxication, distractions, or fatigue. A driver who is braking erratically or slowing down and speeding up at random may be impaired.
At BD&J, PC, we know that you cannot always predict negligence. While you can drive defensively, it’s crucial to recognize your rights to pursue compensation. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers stand in your corner, bringing experience you can trust to pursue the most favorable outcome possible.