As a defensive driver, you can decrease your chances of being struck by a vehicle by keeping yourself and other drivers safe on the road. In 2020, there were approximately 3,723 traffic-related fatalities in California alone; which was a five percent increase from 2019.
While this number may seem alarming, you as a driver have the responsibility to not contribute to these statistics and be a part of the solution to be a defensive driver. Our car accident attorneys provide essential driving safety tips to avoid a crash.
Approximately eight victims die every day in crashes caused by a distracted driver. Distracted driving increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident because it significantly decreases the driver’s reaction time and takes their eyes off the road. To stay defensive and alert behind the wheel, it’s best to avoid multitasking while driving and to be aware of your surroundings.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance
It’s crucial to refrain from tailgating other drivers; tailgating poses significant dangers because the car in front of you could rapidly step on the brakes, which increases the risk of a rear-end collision. It’s recommended to maintain a 3-second following distance; this will allow for a greater reaction time in the event the vehicle in front of you makes any sudden movements.
How To Pass Another Vehicle Safely
When you want to pass another vehicle, you should implement the following:
Ensure your path is clear, check your mirrors and be mindful of blind spots.
Check for hazards.
Utilize your blinker signal to let the other drivers know you are about to get over.
When passing another vehicle, accelerate quickly. However, do not go over the speed limit to pass someone.
Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
Law Offices of Gary Berkovich has over 20 years of legal experience representing the wrongfully injured and helping clients recover compensation after an accident. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, we can help. Contact us today at (818) 290-8942 to schedule a free case consultation. Our dedicated team of attorneys can help fight for you every step of the way.