How to Avoid Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Jul 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

Defensive Driving

Many years ago, I was teaching my teenage son to drive. Like many parents, I was constantly reminding him to be very cautious when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Frequently during the lesson, we would come up to an intersection where we had the right-of-way. He naturally began to enter the roadway and I would always remind him to watch out for the other car. He would explain that since he had the right-of-way, the other car had to let him through. I told him that it doesn't always work this way...

I was reminded of this fact earlier this week. While I was driving to our Ridgefield office, I noticed a woman looking in the rearview mirror while applying makeup to her face as I passed her on Main Street. On another astounding occasion, I saw a man shaving with an electric razor while driving. As recently as this morning, while I was driving around a blind corner on a back road, I witnessed a woman walking her dog on the wrong side of the street. She had her dog on an especially long leash. If someone was driving the other way and was operating above the speed limit, there could've been a serious accident. It is difficult to understand why this potentially life-threatening situation was not apparent to the dog walker.

How many times have we seen people on cell phones or read about people that were arrested for drunk driving? How many times have we come to an intersection and see somebody blow through the stop sign? How many times do we read about a driver crossing the double yellow line and hitting someone in the opposing lane of traffic head-on?

Unfortunately, these careless and reckless incidents happen on a daily basis. The difference between being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident and escaping injury could very well deal with how defensive a driver you are or how aware you are of your surroundings. When we drive we should assume that the other driver is not going to do what is expected of them. We should always be on the lookout for things that could become potential causes of an accident.

We have represented far too many clients who been injured in accidents that are somewhat difficult to comprehend or understand how they happened. Obviously, there are certain situations where you cannot avoid being involved in an accident but there are many others where you might be able to take evasive action at the last minute to avoid being seriously injured. During the summer months, more people are out on the roadways, many are drinking, more motorcycles and bicycles are being ridden and the opportunity for being involved in an accident is greatly increased.

Please be very careful while out on the road. Drive very defensively. When crossing crosswalks be on the lookout for any car that might not see you or might not stop in time. If you're riding a motorcycle or bicycle be extra careful and watch out for other motor vehicle operators who might not see you. If you exercise extreme caution, even when you think you do not have to, you could avoid being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident.

Please be careful out there and watch out for each other! If you have any questions or have been injured in any type of accident, click here to contact us or call us at 888-244-5480.

About the Author

Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Sample

Aenean lacinia bibendum nulla sed consectetur. Donec sed odio dui. Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit amet non magna. Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Curabitur blandit tempus porttitor. Morbi leo risus, porta ac consectetur ac, vestibulum at eros. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas.

Let Us Fight for You

Local Presence. Statewide Coverage.

When you choose Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP you will receive the one-on-one attention and individualized support that you deserve. Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys will not treat you as just another case number nor will we hand your case off to a paralegal.

Unlike other law firms, we will personally handle each legal aspect of your case, walking with you every step of the way. We aim to provide the highest quality representation possible. We have extensive experience and training in a variety of aspects of personal injury law. We obtain the knowledge and skill-set necessary to maximize your compensation.

440 Main Street
Suite 2

Ridgefield, CT 06877
203-438-7450
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 08:30am - 05:00pm

Menu