4 Ways to Avoid an Accident During Your Commute
Getting in an accident during your morning or evening commute would be frustrating and inconvenient. Not to mention the cost of repairing damage to your car — and the other driver’s car if you’re at fault. Here are a few ways to avoid getting in a car accident during your commute that may sound like common sense but could save you a lot of trouble.
While it’s tempting to catch up on social media or scroll through your music option in traffic, being distracted by your phone is one of the easiest ways to get in an accident. It’s against the law in Texas to use your phone in any capacity while driving unless you’re using it completely hands-free. If you know you’ll be tempted by your phone’s notifications, set it to “do not disturb” or “driving mode” before you leave to start your commute.
Obey Traffic Signs
It may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s essential to pay attention to and respect all traffic signs and signals while driving, including speed limit signs. Disregarding the rules of the road, whether you’re on the highway or at an intersection, is a sure way to get yourself and others hurt. This is especially true in rush hour traffic when there are more people on the road. If you’re injured in a car accident that isn’t your fault, call on a car accident lawyer to ensure you receive proper compensation.
While you may be the safest driver you know, you can’t count on every vehicle around you to respect traffic laws or share the road considerately. You never know when a car is going to dangerously weave through traffic or stop abruptly in front of you. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to what those around you are doing as well as what you’re doing. Staying alert, especially in heavy traffic, can save you from someone else’s reckless driving.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
If you’re feeling the pressure of arriving at work on time, you’re more likely to make poor driving choices such as speeding. This increases your risk of being in a car wreck, which will really make you late for work. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to commute based on normal traffic on your route, and leave even earlier if the weather is bad or you’re expecting heavier traffic. This way, you’ll be less stressed during your commute and will be able to concentrate on driving.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, count on the personal injury attorneys at Cesar Ornelas Law to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today and get started with a free case review.
Originally from Kyle, Texas, Mr. Ornelas is a first-generation college graduate and a first-generation attorney.
Licensed in Texas, Cesar Ornelas’s nationwide practice is entirely contingency fee-based and consists of a wide variety of catastrophic personal injury and death cases. He has represented countless victims of catastrophic accidents across the United States.