Car accidents make up a significant percentage of personal injury claims per year. Despite the many strides made in making cars safer, car accidents are still common around the country. According to Texas DPS data, “There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 with 17,011 people sustaining a serious injury.” Many of these accidents may have been avoided with safer driving habits. In this guide, we go over a few safe driving tips to help you stay away from personal injuries.
- Follow Speed Limits
- Drive Without Distractions
- Don’t Tailgate Other Cars
A 2007 report by the NHTSA found that “speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes, and 13,040 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.” In other words, if you value your life, driving an extra 10 mph over the speed limit because you’re late is probably not worth it.
Any activity that keeps your full attention away from the road while driving is incredibly dangerous. Whether it’s texting, eating, or just talking to someone, avoid any distractions when driving. Always keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the road.
A good driving rule to follow is the two-second rule, which refers to how a driver should stay at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front. This distance should give you enough time to stop whenever the vehicle in front suddenly hits the brakes. For more driving and personal injury tips, be sure to follow this blog. For legal advice on your personal injury case, team of Barrus Injury Lawyers. Call our offices today at (210) 593-8709.