In 2016, about 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries in car accidents. The three main causes of deaths on the road include alcohol, distracted driving, and speeding. At Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A., we have represented countless clients who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions caused by negligent drivers. In order to put an end to impaired driving and reduce its fatal consequences, our Toledo personal injury attorneys encourage you to promote the following safety tips and practices:
- Always be a defensive driver. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out on the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, creating possible escape routes in the event of unforeseen circumstances on the road. Remain at least four seconds behind the car in front of you at slower speeds, and increase your distance when you a driving faster.
- Eliminate possible distractions. Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of accidents, injuries, and deaths over the past few years or so. Avoid using your cellphone (whether hands-free or handheld), grooming, eating, drinking, or engaging in in-depth conversations with other passengers while driving.
- Educate teen drivers. Teen drivers do not possess the experience to deal with a variety of situations on the road that could result in a crash. They have a hard time judging gaps in traffic, driving at the appropriate speed for road conditions, and other things. Encouraging them to join a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program can help them become safer drivers.
- Encourage employers to take action. If your job requires to you drive, whether all day or on a few occasions, employers must uphold safety as a high standard.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Ohio, schedule a free consultation with our Toledo personal injury attorneys today.