According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, the most recent year for which there are full statistics, 2.3 million people were injured in vehicle accidents in the U.S. An additional 32,719 were killed. Thousands of those injured or killed were North Carolina residents. Many who survived required the services of a personal injury lawyer to help them obtain compensation for their life-altering injuries.

There are some definite steps drivers can take to prevent themselves and their passengers from becoming one of those devastating statistics. Here are just five of them.

5 Ways to Lower the Chances of a Car Accident

  1. Do not drink and drive: It has been said so many times, it is really a no-brainer. Still, drivers who are ‘buzzed” have their judgment impaired to a degree they believe they are capable of driving when they are not. Be responsible. Do not drink and drive.lowering risk of car accidents
  2. Avoid distracted driving: Thousands are killed annually in distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving includes taking your eyes off of the road to adjust the radio, to look at the GPS, send or receive a text, check on the kids in the back seat, and any number of other activities that require you to take your eyes off the road. Five seconds of looking away from the road while traveling 55 m.p.h. is equal to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
  3. Do not exceed the speed limit: Nearly one-third of all vehicle accidents are caused by drivers exceeding the posted speed limit. Even driving the posted speed can be excessive depending on road conditions. The few seconds you potentially might save is not worth the risk of killing or maiming yourself or your passengers.
  4. Keep your car in good condition: Having your car stall or experiencing a blow-out while you are driving the maximum speed limit in the fast lane creates a great risk of injury or death. Cars behind you may not be able to avoid running into you whether you come to a stop where you are or wend your way to the shoulder. Keeping your entire car in good driving condition may save your life.
  5. Remember your blind spots: Even when you have all your mirrors adjusted so it seems you should have a complete view of your surroundings, you still have a blind spot. Look over your shoulder before changing lanes or turning to be sure there are no obstructions and you have a clear turning field.

If you were injured in a car accident, or someone you love was killed, contact our Charlotte, NC lawyers at Campbell & Associates. We provide a free consultation where we will analyze your circumstances and advise you on the best way to proceed.