Here’s a few tips to help avoid and resolve auto accidents on the road.
Think safety first. Keep an eye out for aggressive drivers. Make sure to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. Remember, the faster you are going the more space you will need. Use the 3 second rule to be sure you are leaving enough room between you and the car ahead of you. Pick a fixed object on the road, such as a sign and when the car in front of you passes it, slowly count to 3 seconds. If there are poor driving conditions then increase the space between you and the car in front of you.
Be aware of your surroundings. Check your mirrors frequently and scan conditions far ahead of you. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down or pull over to avoid it. If the driver is driving so dangerously that you’re worried, try to get off the road or highway by turning right or taking the next exit if it’s safe to do so.
Assume the worst. Assume that inattentive drivers might run a red light or stop signs and be prepared to react. Assume drivers, especially truck drivers do not see you in the changing lanes.
Stay cool, calm, and collected. The advice is to avoid aggressive drivers at all costs. Do not agitate an aggressive driver by giving an offensive hand signal or facial expression.
Get the authorities involved. If you see an aggressive driver or trouble ahead, get to a safe place to pull over and call authorities or the police. Any information you can provide such as a description of the vehicle, its license plate number, and the direction the vehicle is going.
If an aggressive driver crashes or causes an accident, try to stop at a safe distance from the scene. Wait for the police to arrive so that you can tell them about the aggressive behavior you witnessed.
Don’t drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are very tired/sleepy. Alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription medications affect a person’s judgment, including the ability to make important braking and steering decisions on the road. That means you’ll be less able to react quickly and drive defensively.
Sleepy drivers can be just as bad as intoxicated drivers, so make frequent rest stops or let a friend drive if you are tired, if possible.
Don’t take unnecessary risks. When in doubt, don’t pass a car especially on a two-lane highway and always keep a safe following distance. This will allow you to avoid a collision, and reduce your chance of getting rear-ended if the driver in front of you slams on the brakes.
Some accidents are unavoidable. Contact Orlando Auto Accident Attorneys to find out your rights and recourse options.