Top 6 Tips for Preventing Car Crashes

Automotive safety technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, but even the most innovative vehicles are not immune to miscalculating and causing a car crash

More than 40,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions in 2017, and hundreds of thousands more sustained injuries. The vast majority—over 90 percent—of these tragedies were caused by driver errors, which means they were entirely avoidable.

Although there are countless reasons why auto collisions occur in the north country, most involve one or more of the following factors:

photo of grey car after car accident. car crash caused the hood to bend, possibly rear ended the vehicle ahead of it.
  1. Drunk driving;
  2. Distracted driving;
  3. Speeding;
  4. Inclement weather;
  5. Vehicle malfunctions;
  6. Poor visibility.

Most drivers understand the dangers posed by the hazards listed above, but far too many fail to take the necessary steps to minimize their risk. Read on to learn a few tips to help you avoid the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes:

1. Don’t Drink and Drive

Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Take an Uber or taxi, rent a hotel room, stay the night at a friend’s house, or walk home. Alcohol contributes to about 40 percent of all traffic fatalities. Even if you’re fortunate enough to survive the collision, you will face severe criminal penalties that could derail your future.

2. Eliminate Distractions

Resist the urge to check your phone while behind the wheel. Even when you’re stopped at a red light, it’s never a good idea to pick up your phone while driving. Looking at the scenery of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains is an often common yet under discussed form of distraction while driving. You should also avoid any behaviors that could take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or focus off the task of driving such as:

  • Adjusting your GPS, music, or climate controls;
  • Interacting with passengers;
  • Reaching in the back seat to grab something; or
  • Eating or drinking are all forms of distracted driving.

3. Never Speed

There’s no excuse to drive faster than is safe for the conditions. To reduce the temptation, try to get in the habit of leaving early for work and other obligations. It is better to be late, than to cause an injury to yourself and others by driving negligently. 

4. Avoid Driving in Bad Weather

Even if you’re a safe and experienced driver, all it takes is one negligent or careless motorist to cause a car crash. Far too many drivers fail to adjust their behavior to the conditions, so it’s best to play it safe and avoid commuting in poor weather whenever possible. Be especially alert while traveling through the Adirondack Mountains as weather conditions can change quickly based on elevation.

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5. Maintain Your Vehicle

Follow the service schedule in your owner’s manual, and remember to change your oil every three months or 5,000 miles. Getting your vehicle serviced regularly will give your mechanic plenty of opportunities to spot issues that could eventually lead to your car malfunctioning.


6. Avoid Driving at Night

Drivers who commute at night have to contend with more drunk and fatigued motorists as well as reduced visibility. The less time you spend behind the wheel after sunset, the lower your risk of getting in a crash with another motorist or nocturnal wildlife like deer.

Already Injured in an car crash? Contact Schneider & Palcsik Injury Lawyers.

Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the tips listed above, you take a risk every time you hit the road. If you were already injured or lost a family member in a motor-vehicle collision, contact Schneider & Palcsik Injury Lawyers to discuss your rights.

You may be entitled to compensation for all associated damages including medical bills, lost income, and even non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Attorneys Mark Schneider and Drew Palcsik have many decades of experience representing motor vehicle crash victims and their families.

We have offices in Plattsburgh, New York and Middlebury, Vermont. To schedule a consultation, call (518) 566-6666 or use our Contact Form to reach us online.

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