Everyone wants to be a safe driver. They don’t want to crash. The statistics clearly show that road accidents are a major cause of injury and death in the United States, though, so it’s obvious that many people are falling short of this goal.
Fortunately, there is one simple thing you can do to become a safer driver: Just stay focused.
Attention is the key to safety
Studies have found that many accidents happen because a person’s mind simply wanders while they’re driving. They start thinking about other things and they don’t pay close enough attention to traffic, road signs, weather patterns, their own speed and other potential hazards.
It’s a very difficult distraction for laws to eliminate. You can make it illegal for someone to text and drive, thus reducing the amount of phone-based distractions, but you can’t make it so that people won’t get lost in thought. The only person who can change that is the driver themselves.
Plus, any distraction is about a loss of attention. Whether you’re making a phone call or talking to your children or eating a meal in the car, the safety issue is that your attention should be on the road and it is not. Being alert and attentive is the single best way to become a safe, defensive driver.
No matter how attentive you are, you could still be injured in a wreck
Regardless of your own safety levels, other distracted drivers will still cause accidents. If you get injured by one of them, you need to know how to seek compensation for your losses. An experienced attorney can help you understand how the process works and protect your interests against the insurance company or companies involved.