Perhaps your main resolution as you brought in the New Year was simply to have a safe and happy year. This fundamentally starts at doing your part being a safe and cautious driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injury, including vehicle accidents, is one of the most common causes of death in the United States.
At Gump & Faiella, we have provided some helpful driving tips to help ensure that you successfully conclude this year without major injuries to you or your family. If you need legal guidance with an injury caused by another person, reach out to our Columbia personal injury attorneys today!
- Know your route before you start to drive. Set your GPS or have clear directions before you hit the road. It is dangerous to use with a map or operate a device while driving.
- Always keep emergency items in your vehicle. In case of emergency, having a survival kit is more than useful. Some items to include are heavy blankets, flares, a first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and a warning device.
- Never drive while intoxicated. Even if you think there is any chance that you are too intoxicated to drive, don’t. It is always better to have a designated driver if you are going out to a party or social event where alcohol will be present.
- Do not use a handheld device and drive. There are laws all around the country against using handheld devices. The best rule, however, is simply to not use anything that will take your attention or eyes off of the road.
- Do not drive drowsy. Tired driving results in making impaired decisions. Caffeine can help for short-term trips, but it is always better to rest before continuing if you have a long drive ahead.
After a Car Accident
Sometimes taking all the precautions available is not enough to avoid an accident because of another negligent driver on the road. If that is the case and you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you deserve to pursue compensation.
Our Columbia personal injury lawyers at Gump & Faiella are here to help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. You did your part keeping the road safe and therefore, you should not have to be financially responsible for the damages suffered. Call us today for your free initial case review!