With the recent headlines about Uber’s driverless fleet and breakthroughs from Tesla and Ford, it seems that self-driving vehicles are just around the corner. However, until driverless cars become mainstream, car accidents will continue to be a primary cause of injuries and death in the United States.
The vast majority of motor-vehicle wrecks – more than 90 percent – involve human error, which means that most accidents could be avoided if drivers behave responsibly. Safe driving is not rocket science. These four simple tips are easy to follow and highly effective for reducing the risk of crashing:
- Put your phone on silent before you start the engine;
- Do not speed;
- Be careful when parking; and
- Inspect your tires regularly.
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers are not immune to accidents. If you were hurt by a negligent motorist in Pennsylvania, turn to Goodrich and Associates, P.C.
Jack Goodrich is an injury lawyer in Pittsburgh with a reputation for tough litigation and a strategy for winning substantial settlements and verdicts. Call 412-261-4663 today to schedule a consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at four simple ways to reduce your risk of getting in a car wreck:
- Put Your Phone on Silent before You Start the Engine
Using a cell phone can distract you cognitively, visually and physically. According to the American Automobile Association, taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of crashing. You can reduce the temptation by putting your phone on silent before you start the engine.
- Do Not Speed
Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that 78 percent of all motor-vehicle accident deaths in 2015 involved speeding. Travelling too fast for the conditions gives you less time to stop suddenly, which increases your risk of causing a rear-end collision. Speeding also amplifies the impact of a wreck.
- Be Careful When Parking
Scouting out the perfect parking spot can be distracting. It is important to remember, though, that parking lots are a hive of activity. Other drivers may be reversing; pedestrians may be walking. You can reduce your risk by slowing down and constantly surveying your surroundings.
- Inspect Your Tires Regularly
Driving with worn tires or low tire pressure will increase your risk of getting in an accident. You can check the pressure yourself by purchasing a tire pressure gauge. If you would like to check your tread, stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down and toward you. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to buy a new tire.
Unfortunately, many drivers ignore these basic safety guidelines – and other drivers, passengers and pedestrians suffer the consequences. If you were hurt by a negligent or reckless motorist, turn to Goodrich and Associates, P.C.
Jack Goodrich is an injury lawyer in Pittsburgh who will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 412-261-4663 to schedule a consultation. Visit http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/pennsylvania/ to learn more about car accident injury claims in Pennsylvania.