Safety Tips for Highway Driving
I’m Ed Smith, a Citrus Heights car accident lawyer. Sacramento County has a population of over 1.5 million. This means convenience and many things to do. However, it also means traffic congestion and a higher risk of a motor vehicle accident. When living in Citrus Heights, this is particularly true when driving along Interstate 80. A few tips on how to stay safer when driving along the interstate may be useful information.
California Interstate Traffic
The Federal Highway Administration reported recently that California still holds the number one spot for the most miles driven in 2016. With a total of 33.9 billion miles, this number is higher than the miles driven in 22 other states combined. Statistics by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2015 showed that 57 percent of all accidents on all types of roads involved a single vehicle. Forty-three percent involved multiple vehicles.
Stay Within the Speed Limit
Speeding is a major cause of accidents in California as it is elsewhere. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 27 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015 involved a speeder.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Twenty-nine percent of the crashes resulting in fatalities involved an impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixteen percent of those deaths were to children under the age of 14. Drinking and driving is a bad combination.
Keep a Safe Distance Between Vehicles
Following too close can lead to an accident because the driver behind has less time and distance to stop in an emergency. Allow extra distance behind motorcycle riders because they can come to a stop more quickly than a motor vehicle.
Avoid Drowsy Driving
Taking a long trip to reach a favorite vacation destination or visit relatives is tiring. Make sure to take frequent rest stops to avoid drowsy driving. Pull off in a safe spot, have something to drink or eat or take a short walk to clear your head.
Distracted driving causes accidents. Types of distracted driving include texting or talking on your cell phone, looking over at the radio to change the station and eating while driving. Intersection accidents are prone to distracted driving mistakes.
Watch Youtube Video – Distracted Driving is like Driving Blind ~
Calling a Car Accident Lawyer in Citrus Heights
Being injured in an accident caused by someone else adds to the trauma of injury by causing serious financial damage. A car accident attorney is trained to examine evidence in a crash, and use only trained professionals. These include crash reconstruction experts and expert witnesses to help build a strong case. In this way, someone who has been injured or who has lost a loved one in an accident can recover fair compensation for their loss.
Citrus Heights Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Citrus Heights car accident lawyer. Driving safely is everyone’s responsibility. However, when a negligent driver causes injuries to you or your family, consulting an injury lawyer is a good idea. Call me at 916-921-6400 for a friendly and free advice. You can also call me at (800) 404-5400, or use our cot form at my website, autoaccident.com.
Verdicts and Settlements on my website offers additional information about my firm.
I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates, a forum for those trial attorneys who have obtained settlements or verdicts of a minimum of $1 million for their clients.
I am honored to have served Citrus Heights and Sacramento County residents since 1982, obtaining just compensation for their wrongful death claims, and traumatic injuries of all types, including brain injuries.
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