Although all auto accidents are potentially life-threatening, single car accidents are nearly as fatal as their multiple car accident counterparts. Single vehicle accidents can be the result of driving under the influence, adverse weather conditions, excessive speed, distracted driving, or a host of other factors. Just last week a Springfield man was killed in a single-car accident when he was ejected from the vehicle after it struck a telephone poll. Last month, a high school student lost his life when his vehicle crashed into a tree.
We are often so concerned about the safety of other drivers, we forget the role our own actions can play in an accident. Remember, often accidents are just that…accidents that no one is to blame for. However, there are cautionary steps we can take to improve our driving and improve our chances at safety. Consider:
– Leave your coffee in the cupholder. That’s what it’s there for right? Drink your caffeine before you head into the car or leave it there until you reach your destination. Hot beverages can spill, cause distraction, and injuries and crashes. This applies not just to drinks, but food too!
– Invest in hands-free devices for phone calls and messages. Many new cars come equipped with this life-saving technology, but things such as Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth wired radio systems can be utilized for minimal cost. Massachusetts law bans texting and driving, and using a handheld device to speak on the phone while driving. Not only is using a non-hands free device illegal, it is also dangerous. Distracted driving is one of the most frequent causes of death on the roadways today.
– Invest in good cold-weather and safety equipment. In addition to making sure you thoroughly defrost, de-ice, and clear your windows of snow, dirt, and residue, do not forget to have emergency gear handy. This includes things like flares, safety cones, tire jacks, blankets, and other things necessary to protect you and passers-by in the event of an emergency situation.
– Keep safety inspections up–to-date. With all of the recent recalls we have heard about in the news lately, it should serve as a reminder for us to make sure our cars are operating safely. Routine oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections can minimize the possibility of a vehicle failure in the future. Staying up to date on recalls, required fixes, and recommended protocols can improve your vehicle’s efficiency and protect you in the event of harm.
Been in An Auto Accident?
While these may seem like small recommendations, they can be the difference that keeps you safe in the event of a car accident. It is always important to watch out for others on the roadway, but taking care of yourself and your vehicle first can be one less thing to have to worry about. If you or someone you know has been involved in a single-car accident or any auto accident, experienced Boston car accident injury attorney John J. Sheehan can help you navigate a legal claim. We want you to focus on recovery and not worry about your financial status or supporting your family. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Find out your rights by contacting our knowledgeable, dedicated auto accident injury lawyers today.