Welcome back to part two of Hastings & Hastings guide to accident prevention. At Hastings & Hastings, we represent accident victims in a wide variety of cases including but by no means limited to car accidents, slips and falls, dog bites, wrongful deaths and serious/catastrophic injuries. With over 90 years of combined legal experience across our incredible team, we have the resources and ability to understand how to document an injury which may have ramifications far past the statute of limitations. Accidents and injuries can have ramifications that could last your entire life. You need to be taken care of not just for a year, but for your entire future.
While we are dedicated to helping accident victims put their lives back together, we are equally dedicated to the noble goal of accident prevention. Accidents and injuries cause hardship that cannot be reversed. Such hardship could be avoided through diligent accident prevention.
In our last post, we touched on the leading causes of car accidents. Today, we will discuss tactics for minimizing these factors and staying safe on the road.
Accident Prevention Tactics
Distracted Driving: Distracted driving has become such an overwhelming and prevalent problem that many states are enacting legislation in attempts to get this dangers epidemic under control. They key to ending distracted driving is simple – eliminate distractions. Smartphone are the most common source of distraction. For this reason, they are typically the target of preventative legislation. Many states have made it illegal to use a phone while driving. Arizona does not yet have such laws. To prevent distracted driving, eliminate temptation. Put the phone out of reach.
Driving While Impaired: The prevention of alcohol-related accidents is a simple thing. Don’t drink and drive. Never get behind the wheel of a car if you are impaired. While the legal limit is .08 BAC, impairment can happen before this level is reached. Most alcohol-related accidents occur late at night. If you are driving late at night, keep an eye out for impaired drivers.
Defensive Driving: While you may be the safest driver in the world, you still have to be concerned about other drivers. Even incredibly careful drivers can get hit by someone else. Defensive driving teaches you how to anticipate the actions of other drivers and helps you develop techniques for staying safe on the road.
Consider Vehicle Safety: Every car is ratedin terms of vehicle safety. This rating includes a number of factors such as handling and safety features. Consider purchasing a car with excellent vehicle safety ratings.