Your parents say goodbye with a quick “drive safe” before you buckle your kids in the car and drive home. However, “driving safely” is not always enough to keep you and your family out of a serious accident. The unpredictability of other drivers makes it difficult to prevent accidents.
On July 8, 2017 a man was arrested by the Tucson Police Department after running a red light and crossing the intersection. The accident killed one man, placed a woman in critical condition and injured a third driver. The arrested driver faces charges of second degree murder, endangerment, aggravated assault and possession of drugs. How can you keep your family safe from this type of negligence?
Unfortunately, other drivers’ negligence puts you and your loved ones at risk. There are a few ways that you can do to improve your chances of staying safe:
- Be aware: focus on the road, and do not use electronic devices while driving
- Be engaged: do not drive if you are tired or emotional
- Communicate: signal to other drivers to communicate intent
- Drive defensively: refuse to engage in aggressive driving behaviors
- Follow the law: drive the speed limit, and come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights
- Limit distractions: keep music volume low, and ask passengers to avoid distracting behavior
Accidents may happen
Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself in a car accident. Like the victims involved in the July 8th accident, other drivers, especially those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can put you in harm’s way.
If you or your family members are in a car accident, and believe that another driver’s negligence caused the damages, consider contacting an attorney. A qualified attorney can investigate the case, and advise you on how to proceed.
An attorney may look into medical records, accident records and witness accounts to determine whether the other driver was at fault for the accident, and potentially under the influence. Working with an attorney can help you seek compensation for injuries or damages sustained by your family or possessions.
Despite risks, continue to “drive safe” and remain a positive influence on the road. Be a driver who diligently works to keep your passengers and other drivers safe.