Every year, police across the U.S. report millions of traffic crashes. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 37,000 people died as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident, and another two million are treated in hospitals for nonfatal injuries every year.
With the frequency of these traffic incidents, it’s likely that most drivers have found themselves facing a close call or a stressful situation behind the wheel at least once. So what can you do to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident?
What Is Defensive Driving?
Defensive driving is a manner of driving that encourages drivers to be fully aware of all road conditions and potential dangers to reduce accidents. Most car crashes are caused by bad decisions by the driver. Some of the leading causes include distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. At other times, drivers fail to react to road and weather conditions, such as construction, traffic jams, rain, and snow. Defensive driving helps drivers to identify these situations on the road and react to them in a safe and appropriate way.
Tips to Be a Defensive Driver in Alaska
Many states and safety groups offer courses in defensive driving. Often, these courses can be used a way to lower insurance premiums or eliminate points on a license. For others, they are simply a way to stay current on traffic law and driving techniques. Some of the tips offered at these courses include:
- Scan the road as far as you can see.
- Frequently check your mirrors.
- Put distance between your vehicle and a driver who is speeding or driving recklessly.
- Avoid distractions like talking on a cell phone, texting, or eating.
- Be as visible as possible to other drivers. Use your headlights and avoid other drivers’ blind spots.
- Have an escape route. Make sure there is space to move your vehicle in case another driver stops quickly.
- Obey the posted speed limit.
- Remain calm and alert behind the wheel.
When the Best Safe Driving Efforts Aren’t Enough
Even when drivers do their best to be safe, defensive drivers, accidents can still happen. Many times, diligent drivers and their passengers suffer injuries in crashes caused by those who disregard the law and act negligently behind the wheel. At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, attorney Ben Crittenden protects the rights of those accident and injury victims. He has helped many Alaskans obtain the medical care and compensation they need to recover from a car accident that was no fault of their own.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a crash, call Ben today or fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about what he does and how he may be able to help.