Getting in a car accident is unfortunate and always unplanned. The most important thing is your safety, as lawyers can handle the fault and monetary value in court of law. Aside from driving safely, there is many things that you can do to make sure you and your family is safe while driving on the road.
What Should You Do to Survive a Car Accident?
1. Wear a Seat Belt: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in accidents.
2. Drive in a Car with Air Bags: Airbags save lives by rapidly deploying a nylon bag in order to prevent drivers and passengers from impacting hard parts of the vehicle such as the steering wheel and windshield. The aim is to keep occupants from sustaining serious head and upper body injuries.
3. Keep first aid: Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle in case of emergency. If involved in a car accident then you will need to apply to any applicable injuries after you call an ambulance. If you are in life threatening condition always call 911 first.
4. Drive speed limit: Driving the speed limit can not only help prevent accidents but will also decrease the amount of impact compared to driving at faster speeds. Driving the speed limit will also help you slow down quicker if someone hits your vehicle and will also help prevent you from losing control of your car in a crash.
5. Store away items that can move during impact: When you are involved in a car accident, items that are not stored away will fly around the vehicle, hitting any person in the way. Loose items can also cause hazard if you have many items in your car on the floor.
Items on the floor can move around and get lodged in between the accelerator and brake pedal in the vehicle. This can cause major problems for you and your family. We recommend storing away any loose items in the trunk of your car to ensure safety for your family in the unfortunate event of a car accident.
6. Be a Defensive driver: Being a defensive driver is driving in a defensive way that is cautious and alert. Defensive drivers drive by the speed limit and are always watching the road and possible options for accidents. Defensive drivers do not let other drivers affect their driving and are always focused on caution. Please learn more about being a defensive driver by visiting the American Safety Council website.
7. Drive Sober (avoid houston drunk driving attorney information): Driving under the influence of alcohol dramatically increases your risk of getting in a car accident. Please think twice before getting behind the wheel when under the influence. Teens drinking and driving are at the highest risk for accident.
8. Watch for Environment Hazards: watching for environmental hazards goes hand in hand with being a defensive driver. You want to always be looking ahead and always be alert of your surroundings. Environmental hazards may include: parked car door opening, slippery road surface, child chasing ball into road, vehicle merging into your lane, etc.
9. Call 911 for Assistance: In the unfortunate event of a car accident, you should call 911 if there is any medical emergency. If there is no injuries and minor damage, you can decide if you want to call the police for assistance. If the other driver is acting sketchy then you should call the authorities right away.
10. Avoid Danger of Risk of Fire: If your vehicle is on fire or you smell smoke, leave immediately! You do not need to wait in your vehicle for the authorities to arrive. You can simply wait on the side of the road and exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident.
Houston Car Accident Lawyers with Experience
Gary S. Tucker and Associates have been providing legal assistance to those involved in car accidents for over 30 years.
We are proud to help victims injured in car accidents. We go above and beyond for our clients who have been involved in car accidents.
This is because we care about the wellbeing of our clients. We provide free case consultations because we want to hear everyones voice who has been involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault.
If you or a loved one was involved or injured in a car accident that was not at fault, please do not hesitate and contact us right away.