Five Resolutions to Prevent Car Accidents and Injuries
Car accidents In Fort Pierce are often the result of the reckless and negligent actions of others on the road. In these situations, our Fort Pierce car accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need to recover. However, there are ways you can protect yourself. In the New Year, make a resolution to be a more cautious driver and to avoid the types of behaviors that make collisions more likely to occur.
- Slow down.
In St. Lucie County, Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) reports that more than 5,000 car accidents occurred over the course of 2018, leaving close to 3,000 people with serious injuries. In more than half of these cases, speeding or going too fast for conditions was likely a factor. Be sure and follow speed limits on roads and highways and reduce how fast you are going if there are adverse road, traffic, or weather conditions.
- Keep your cool.
Being impatient and losing your temper behind the wheel leads to aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, improper passing, and failure to yield. All of these increase your risks for car accidents and injuries. Allow yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go and practice deep breathing if you find yourself getting agitated. If another driver behaves aggressively towards you, avoid escalating the situation.
- Pay attention.
Under the Florida statutes, texting while driving is illegal. However, there are still many types of distractions that can increase your accident risks, such as making calls, changing GPS settings, or eating fast food and drinking coffee or other beverages. Driving is a complex task which requires your complete attention. Vow to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on what you are doing during 2019.
- Get enough rest.
Many of us end up not getting enough sleep at night due to work schedules, school, personal obligations, and social activities. However, it is important to be aware that getting less than eight hours of sleep at night can significantly impact your driving abilities. It impairs vision, judgment, and reaction times, while making you more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.
- Drive sober.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), more than 5,000 alcohol related car accidents occur each year throughout the state, killing close to 400 people and causing serious injuries for more than 3,000 others. If you plan on having even one or two drinks, make other arrangements to get home. Be aware that prescription and over the counter medications can impair driving abilities as well and avoid using anything that is likely to alter your mood or judgment.
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At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we are dedicated to protecting our clients when accidents and injuries occur. If you suffer injuries in a crash, contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney to request a consultation to discuss how we can help you.