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Driving a car in the United States is a privilege — not a right. Driving with the highest degree of care and staying alert and focused on the road at all times are essential to avoid accidents and collisions. Sometimes, even when taking these measures, accidents are unavoidable. In an effort to avoid collisions and crashes, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk of injury.
Have Your Car Serviced
Do not drive if your vehicle’s tires are in poor condition, if you have a brake, headlight, or turn signal out, or if your vehicle has some other mechanical defect or issue that prevents you from driving it safely, or inhibits other drivers from actively perceiving your movement. Not only can mechanical defects increase your chances of sustaining injury or property damage, they will also increase the chance that you will be held liable for another party’s injuries or damages.
Watch Out for Road Hazards
Always watch out for road hazards, such as:
- Construction zones;
- Icy or slick conditions or surfaces;
- Fallen rocks, trees, or limbs; and/or
- Debris that may have fallen off other vehicles.
Keep a Safe Distance
Always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Tractor trailer trucks and other heavy vehicles require more time to slow and stop than smaller light-weight vehicles. Tailgating and following too closely is not only rude to other drivers, but also creates an entirely unnecessary hazard for both yourself and other drivers.
Adjust Your Speed – Slow Down
Speeding often saves drivers just fractions of a second. Arriving at your destination a minute or two earlier is rarely worth the added dangers of speeding. Speeding not only increases the chances of being in a motor vehicle accident, it makes what would have been minor or moderate motor vehicle collisions much worse.
Contact a Jefferson City, Missouri, Personal Injury Attorney
Most car accidents and motor vehicle collisions are preventable. We encourage you to take the simple steps outlined above to reduce the likelihood that you or your loved ones get hurt in an accident. Unfortunately, there will always be bad drivers whose negligence or inattention results in serious injury to innocent people. If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, contact the Jefferson City, Missouri, Personal Injury Attorneys at the Call & Gentry Law Group to assess your options and get the legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.