When you get behind the wheel of your car, you realize there are a variety of steps you can take to protect yourself. From wearing your seatbelt to following the rules of the road, every step is one that’ll give you peace of mind.
However, there’s something you can’t do anything about: The other people on the road.
These are the people you have to worry about. You never know when someone will make a mistake, such as:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and/or prescription medication
- Drowsy driving, such as when taking a road trip or returning home after working the night shift
- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking or smoking
- Violating the rules of the road, such as speeding, failure to yield and neglecting to use turn signals
- Road rage
Can you watch everyone?
As a driver, it’s important that you do your best to keep a close eye on every vehicle around you. But with so much going on, this is easier said than done.
This is why defensive driving is so important. When you take this approach, as opposed to driving in an aggressive manner, it’s easier to think ahead while keeping a vigilant eye on other drivers.
Should a negligent driver cause a motor vehicle accident, don’t wait to call 911 for help. You want to receive immediate medical care, while also ensuring that a police officer writes a report.
During your recovery, you can begin to turn some of your attention toward the future, which often entails seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages.