Happy 2012! We’re sure everyone has made some great New Year’s resolutions, like to quit smoking, to get into shape or to explore new business ventures. But we’re asking everyone to make a New Year’s resolution that can really better the state. We’re asking all residents to make a New Year’s resolution to be a safer driver in 2012. By making this resolution, you can help to reduce the risks of car accidents in Gary and save lives along the way.
Our Gary car accident lawyers understand that safer roadways start with you. Defensive and alert driving habits can help to make our state’s roadways safer for everyone. We’re asking residents to consider the following safety tips from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and make your way down the road to safer driving.
Safe Driving Tips from INDOT:
–Car. Keys. Buckle. Always make sure that you and all of your passengers are buckled in before starting the car. This is the number one most important thing that you can do to help protect yourself and the lives of your passengers in the event of a car accident. Wearing a seat belt reduces your risks of being killed in an accident by about 60 percent. Set a good example for your children and buckle up every time you’re in the car. Always use your seat belt properly. Only using the lap portion of the belt is ineffective. In the state of Indiana, an officer can pull you over and issue you a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
–Never Drink and Drive. You should always avoid alcohol and drugs if you’re driving. Be sure to always have a designated, sober driver if you’ll be drinking. Alcohol-related accidents kill someone in the U.S. every 30 second. If you’ve been drinking and you don’t have a designated driver, consider using mass transit, calling a cab or staying at a hotel or a friend’s home.
–Pay Attention. It’s important to avoid the three most common driver distractions, cell phones, coffee and CDs. In 2010, there were more than 3,000 people killed because of traffic accidents that involved a distracted driver. These types of accidents are 100 percent preventable.
–Defensive Driving. Remember that aggressive driving can lead to unnecessary accidents. Aggressive drivers are unable to think clearly and focus on the road. If you spot an aggressive driver, get out of their way. Put your pride in the back seat and choose not to challenge them. You should avoid eye contact and shrug off rude gestures.
–Share the Road. Be on the lookout for commercial truckers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Be a courteous driver. Be aware of trucks “no zones” or blind spots. If you are unable to see the face of the driver, they’re unable to see you. Allow other travelers plenty of room. Never tailgate. Reducing the distance between you and another traveler reduces your reaction time.
Start off 2012 right and make the resolution to be a safer driver. The change starts with you.
If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident in Indiana, call Burton Padove for a free consultation to learn about how to ensure receipt for financial compensation for injuries you or others sustain at 219-836-2200 or 877-446-5294 for nationwide callers.
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