How to Protect Yourself and Your Family while on the Road
Until there’s a time when all vehicles are fully automated and can talk to each other (remember the fast-moving vehicles in the movie Minority Report?), there will always be car wrecks. Humans make errors which unfortunately can hurt other humans.
For now, when we do have to worry about car accidents in Texas, we can take some precautions to help make sure that we are as safe as possible when out for a drive. Let’s hear from the Car Crash Captain about safe driving tips, accident prevention strategies, and why you need Herbert Law Group if you are injured in a wreck.
Tips for Safe Driving on Texas Roads
You most likely know the best ways to stay safe on Texas roads. These aren’t new tips. While the latest in vehicle technology does help minimize injury and death, we can’t yet rely on it for total accident prevention.
Wear your Seatbelt – In 2021 only 50% of occupants of fatal car wrecks (nationwide) were wearing their seatbelt. Had they buckled up, thousands more would still be alive today.
Slow Down – In 2021, speeding killed 12,330 people; that makes up about 1/3 of all fatal car crashes in the US.
Don’t Drive Distracted – Over 3,500 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in 2021. That includes phone use, eating/drinking, distracted by other passengers, messing with the stereo, etc.
Don’t Drive Drunk – Drunk drivers caused the death of 13,384 people in 2021. Drunk driving incidents have come down since ridesharing became popular, but it’s still a big problem.
Mind the Weather – Weather related incidents cause 1.2 million crashes in the US every year and lead to more than 5,000 deaths.
The bottom line: don’t drive drunk or distracted, obey the speed limit, and adjust your driving if the weather isn’t favorable and your risk of dying in a car crash plummets.
Prevention Strategies to Avoid Car Accidents in Texas
Aside from safety tips, what else can we do to prevent a car accident? What can we control and what should we be aware of that is beyond our control?
Drive a Maintained Vehicle – Mechanical problems are a huge issue for those on the road. Not only can they leave you stranded, they can lead to a severe car accident.
Be a Defensive Driver – Defensive driving should really be called proactive driving. It’s all about paying attention to your surroundings and being prepared for the unexpected.
Plan for Long Trips – Driver fatigue is the number one cause of wrecks while traveling. Plan ahead for road trips and make sure you stop often enough to recharge.
Don’t Road Rage – When traffic increases, so do tempers. But road raging is like a toddler throwing a fit, but instead of only hurting yourself you can hurt innocent motorists.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s far easier to prevent an accident, than to recover from life-changing injuries.
Reason why a Texas Car Wreck Lawyer is Necessary
Often those wrecks, however, aren’t due to your own negligence. When you are injured, or a loved one is killed, by another driver, then you need a Texas car wreck lawyer to help navigate the murky legal waters.
Laws can be Tricky – Legal matters are quite difficult, have you ever tried to read the actual laws? They’re cumbersome! Let a lawyer handle those complicated bits for you.
Insurance Companies can be Tricky – There are rules and laws the insurance company must follow. But they’re tricky and will try to catch you slipping up. A lawyer knows what should, and should not, be said.
Damages aren’t Straightforward – Some damages are easy to calculate, others are not so straightforward. Do you know the difference between economic and non-economic damages? Your lawyer will.
Stress Delays Healing – When you’re under stress, kind of like the stress of dealing with insurance companies, your body can’t physically heal as quickly as possible.
There are plenty more reasons, but you get the point on having a lawyer is important for those involved in car accidents in Texas.
Get Expert Legal Counsel from Herbert Law Group
And that’s exactly why Herbert Law Group is here. We know it’s a tough time for you, and we know insurance is complicated.
So, let’s make sure you get the compensation you need after a car accident. Let’s make sure that you’re taken care of. It all starts with a phone call to get to know you.