There’s nothing you can do to fully eliminate the risk of getting injured in a car accident. Despite all of the modern improvements in safety technology, there are still more than 35,000 deadly accidents every year. And that doesn’t even take into account how many people suffer severe and yet survivable injuries.
The one thing you can do to reduce your risks is to work on becoming a better defensive driver. Here are some tips that will help.
Understand that others will make mistakes
Defensive driving starts with the understanding that the people around you are going to make mistakes while they drive. If you can identify these in advance, rather than reacting to them as they happen, then you can vastly decrease the chances that you will be involved in the accident. For instance, a driver who gets a green light has the right to simply drive out into the intersection, but a defensive driver would still take the time to look and make sure no one else was about to run the red light.
Always stay alert
As you look for these mistakes, it’s critical that you are always alert and that you avoid any type of distraction. Distracted driving is the exact opposite of defensive driving, because it means that you react later than you should. You never want to look at your phone, turn your head to talk to a passenger, take your hand off of the wheel or do anything else that’s going to slow down that reaction time. Stay focused on the road ahead of you, always looking for the mistakes made by others, and you may be able to avoid a crash.
If you still do get injured in an accident that someone else causes, then you need to know how to seek financial compensation.