Auto accidents can occur at any time through someone’s negligence. While nobody can completely prevent crashes, Florida drivers can still reduce the chances of one through various safe practices. For example, drivers should keep their eyes on the road at all times, avoiding all cell phone use. They should not eat or reach for things that have fallen to the floor.
Speeding reduces the time that drivers can react; therefore, it must be avoided. As for drunk or even “buzzed” driving, it is out of the question. Seat belt use is essential; young children must use them too so that they are not as much of a distraction. Safety advocates also warn against drowsiness, which can impair motorists just as much as alcohol.
Drivers must also become defensive on the road, avoiding any vehicles that have difficulty maintaining a lane or speed. A 2-second gap between cars is recommended as well (4 seconds in bad weather). In winter, drivers should be cautious around icy areas, especially under bridges and overpasses, and keep an emergency kit in the car.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to create a safe driving plan that takes into account all food and rest breaks, errands, phone calls and potential delays. In winter, drivers should regularly check weather reports, staying home in bad weather whenever possible.
When unsafe behaviors are behind auto accidents, victims should consider how much they contributed to them. Victims will generally have whatever amount they receive lowered based on the percentage they were at fault. However, auto insurance companies can be aggressive in denying claims, so victims may want to retain legal assistance before they start.