California has some of the busiest roads in the nation, a factor that contributes to the number of people injured on our highways every day. The Sacramento car accident attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm encourage everyone to drive safely to avoid collisions.
Below are eight important tips to help you stay safe on the road:
It can be tempting to speed up when the surrounding drivers are traveling well above the speed limit. However, staying within the speed limit can help you avoid getting into an accident, especially if there is a sudden hazard on the road.
The faster you are traveling, the longer it takes to come to a complete stop. Also, injuries tend to be more severe if you are hurt in an accident while speeding.
Watch for weather conditions that may require you to reduce your speed below the speed limit, such as rain, fog or heavy winds.
The basic freeway rule is for vehicles to stay in the far right lane unless passing another vehicle. If you are not in the process of passing another vehicle that is traveling more slowly, stay to the right.
Avoid being in the far left lane unless you are passing another vehicle. Once you have passed the vehicle, return to the center or right lane. You may be able to move into the middle lane while vehicles are entering the roadway from an on-ramp.
When changing lanes, follow these basic steps:
Take steps to make sure that others on the roadway can see you, such as the following:
Do not allow anything or anyone to distract you from the road. It is better to handle an issue after you have reached your destination. To keep your undivided attention on the road in front of you, avoid or ignore distractions such as:
Do not drive if you have not had adequate sleep. If you are traveling a long distance, it is also a good idea to stop every two hours. Be sure to close your eyes for a moment during your breaks to help prevent eye strain during your trip.
Avoid removing your hands from the steering wheel in case you need to make a sudden movement. Seconds matter, and one-handed steering may not be enough to avoid a sudden obstacle.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the ideal positioning of hands on the steering wheel is “9-and-3” (the same locations as 9:00 and 3:00 on the face of a clock) for optimum stability, leverage and grip. The recommendation in previous years was to position your hands at 10:00 and 2:00, but this can be a hazard if the airbag deploys.
Always look for hazards in front of and around you, such as:
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered – such as medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Our skilled personal injury lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm can analyze your claim during a free consultation so that we can determine if recovery may be possible in your case. There are no upfront fees, and we only get paid for our services if you recover on your claim.
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