Millions of people are injured or killed in traffic accidents every year
in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), 120 people died in traffic accidents in Hawaii
in 2016 alone. With the risk of injuries and death so high, it is important
to take steps to protect yourself and avoid an accident.
Here are some practical tips to avoid a car crash:
Practice defensive driving habits. One of the best ways to avoid a crash is by practicing defensive driving
habits. You should keep a safe distance between your car and the cars
around you, watch for obstacles in the road, and maintain a safe and legal speed.
Obey all state and federal traffic laws. You should yield the right of way correctly to pedestrians and other vehicles,
and use your turn signals when changing lanes. It is also important to
wear a seat belt, and to avoid driving while under the influence of drugs
Avoid distractions. Distracted driving accounts for more than 3,500 deaths and nearly 400,000
injuries per year in the U.S., according to NHTSA statistics. Distractions
include anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the
road, or your mind off of driving. Using a cell phone (even hands-free
texting), reaching into the backseat, holding a sandwich, or fiddling
with a GPS all count as distracted driving.
Plan your route beforehand. Looking for a street sign or wondering whether you should be turning right
or left at the upcoming intersection puts you at risk for an accident.
You will be mentally distracted and unable to react to changing traffic
conditions. Furthermore, you will feel pressured to make last-minute decisions,
which could result in a crash. By planning your route beforehand and programming
your GPS prior to setting out, you can increase your safety.
Pay attention to the weather. In Hawaii, tropical storms happen almost every day. It is important to
be aware of the weather conditions, and to plan accordingly. If it will
be raining, you need to go about 5 to 10 miles per hour slower than the
posted speed limit. You should also make turns gradually, and avoid pressing
hard on the gas or brake pedals. It is also important to replace your
windshield wipers on a regular basis, and to use your headlights in foggy
or rainy weather.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident, Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner
Is Here to Help
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner provides compassionate legal services to
injured clients. Car crashes can result in serious injuries, such as broken
bones, burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, whiplash,
and other trauma. Whatever your situation, we will help you file the necessary
documents and represent you throughout the process. Our
Honolulu car accident lawyers believe negligent or reckless drivers must be held accountable in court.
Seek justice for your case by contacting us
today. We offer free consultations for your convenience.