Most of the traffic accidents in New Orleans are preventable. The leading cause of car crashes is negligence and human errors. Driver safety needs to be a top priority for all motorists in 2021.
Common reasons for car wrecks include:
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failure to follow traffic laws
One of the best ways to improve driver safety in 2021 is to avoid driving behaviors that can lead to a car accident. However, driver safety also involves taking steps to protect yourself if you are in a traffic accident.
Always wear a seat belt when you are in a vehicle. Make sure that your children are secured in car seats or booster seats designed for their height and weight. It is also recommended that children ride in the back seat. If you are unsure if your child safety seat is installed correctly, locate a child seat fitting station near you.
Because objects in a vehicle can become dangerous projectiles during a collision, always secure items in your vehicle so that they will not fly around during a crash. Do not forget to secure your pets in a safety harness designed for your vehicle to protect your pets during a car wreck.
Driver Safety After a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident, you must take steps to protect yourself and your family in the moments after the crash. If possible, move your vehicle out of the roadway to a safe location on the side of the road. Whenever it is unsafe to remain in your vehicle, stand as far off the road as possible to avoid being struck by another vehicle.
Call 911 to report the car wreck and request emergency medical services. If no one needs EMS, it is still in your best interest to see a doctor as soon as you can to document symptoms. You may begin to notice injury symptoms within a few hours or days after the crash. Delaying medical treatment could have a negative impact on your personal injury claim.
The insurance company for the other driver might contact you requesting a written or recorded statement. Providing a statement without consulting with a NOLA car accident lawyer could also hurt your claim. The insurance company does not have your best interest in mind, regardless of what they might advertise or claim. They are searching for information to use against you to deny or undervalue your injury claim.
Our New Orleans car accident lawyers offer free case reviews. It does not cost you anything to get answers to your questions about car accident claims and compensation for injuries.
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Driver safety includes protecting your right to full compensation for your injuries, financial losses, pain, suffering, and other damages. Attorney Fred Olinde and the legal team at The Olinde Firm aggressively fight for the rights of accident victims.
Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 now to schedule your free consultation with a New Orleans personal injury attorney.