5 Ways to Avoid a Wreck Caused
by Highway Defects
May 21, 2013
As a Kentucky and Tennessee injury lawyer, I will be the first to admit that it is not possible to avoid all bumps, potholes, and defects in the road. However, there are a few ways to avoid those really bad spots that can leave you injured:
Never tailgate the car in front of you. This is dangerous for many reasons, including that you could rear-end the vehicle if they stop or slow suddenly. Rear-end collisions were the most common type of crash in 2011 and 2012, according to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). Also, if you are tailgating, you won’t have time to react when the car in front of you swerves to avoid a pothole or a defect in the road. Instead, stay back at least three seconds from the car in front of you. This means that as they pass a landmark, it should take another three seconds before you pass the same one. When you see the car in front of you swerve to miss something, you’ll be able to avoid it safely too.
Pay attention to the road. Never get distracted by signs, your radio, passengers, or your cell phone. You won’t see the defect, nor will you have time to avoid it safely.
Obey all traffic signs. If they tell you to slow down, do it. You never know when you’ll come upon a sharp turn, poorly painted lines on the road, or large bumps or potholes. If you slow down, you have a better chance of avoiding injury and accidents.
If you drive the same route frequently, make a mental note of defects for next time. Of course report these defects to the group in charge of maintaining the roads, but know that they may not be fixed immediately.
Don’t drive while drowsy. Your reaction time and your vision can be compromised, and you may not see or be able to react as quickly as when you are fully awake.
If you have an accident, call an experienced Injury Attorney. You need an attorney who will go the extra mile to get you money up front for medical treatment, lost wages, prescription medications, replacement services, and even mileage. I tell people injured in a car accident to call several attorneys and ask them all what they can do for you. Then pick the one you trust. Know that if an attorney doesn’t take your initial call, then you will probably never talk to an attorney at that particular law firm.