All drivers in Illinois are expected to drive in a safe and reasonable manner that will keep everyone else around them safe. When they fail to do so and they cause a crash, they may be found negligent and held liable for paying damages. It is essential that all motorists drive in a safe manner, not only so that they avoid liability, but also so that everyone arrives at their destination safely. Below are some safe driving tips from our auto accident attorneys that will help keep you, your passengers, and everyone else safe while on the road.
As a driver, you should always know how to react to other motorists. Never assume what actions another driver may take, and if you are unable to avoid an accident, choose the least dangerous situation possible. For example, if a driver in an oncoming lane drifts into your lane, driving into a ditch is going to be safer than being involved in a head-on collision.
Tailgating, or following a vehicle too closely, is very dangerous and is the most common cause of rear-end collisions. To ensure you are not following another vehicle too closely, use the three second rule. Choose a fixed object on the side of the road, such as a tree or an overpass. Once the vehicle in front of you passes that object, start counting to three. You should not pass the same object until you have fully finished counting.
Speeding is extremely dangerous behavior. Driving at excessive speeds is not only a main cause of accidents, but also increases the severity of crashes. Always drive according to the posted speed limits and when weather or traffic conditions worsen, drive below the posted speed limit.
Driving while drowsy has been likened to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drowsy drivers have slowed reaction times, poor judgment, and are less able to drive in a safe manner. Always ensure you are fully rested, stop frequently, particularly when you are driving for long periods of time, and use caffeine when necessary to help you remain more alert.
Texting while driving is illegal in Illinois, as it is an extremely dangerous practice. However, there are other types of distractions you should avoid when behind the wheel, as well. Eating, drinking, rowdy passengers, and loud music are just a few of the most common distractions for drivers. It is important to avoid all of these distractions so you can also avoid a crash.
The above safety tips are important but unfortunately, not everyone follows them. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a crash, our auto accident attorneys in Illinois at Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. are here to help. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation so we can provide the sound legal advice you need.
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