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How to Avoid Collisions with Distracted, Speeding, and Drunk Drivers

By Luke Dow on March 17, 2017

Despite advancements in automotive safety technology, the fatal accident rate in the United States is on the rise. A study cited by the National Safety Council revealed that 40,200 people died in vehicle crashes in 2016, which marked a 6-percent increase compared to 2015 and the highest fatality rate since 2007.

According to the Insurance Journal, Texas has seen its fair share of serious accidents. In 2016, there were at least 3,390 fatal collisions, and more than 263,000 people were injured on our roads. Most of these wrecks involved human errors such as driving while distracted, speeding, and driving under the influence.

Although defensive driving can reduce your risk of crashing, some accidents are unavoidable. If you were injured by a negligent driver in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. The costs of lost income and medical bills can add up quickly after a collision, but you may be able to recover these losses by filing a personal injury claim.

Luke Dow is an accident lawyer in Austin with the knowledge, resources, and litigation experience to help you make a claim for the maximum compensation. Call 903-297-0037 to schedule a free consultation.

Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you avoid collisions with distracted, speeding, and drunk drivers:

  1. Distracted Drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 660,000 drivers were using their cell phones at any given daylight moment in 2011. Texting is one of the deadliest distractions because it impairs you visually, physically, and cognitively.

Even if you never use your cell phone while driving, you cannot expect other motorists to do the same. Keep your distance from drivers who appear to be distracted. Common signs include:

  • The driver is looking down as if at a cell phone;
  • The driver stops for an excessive amount of time at a stop sign or red light;
  • Swerving;
  • Drifting onto the shoulder; or
  • Abnormal braking patterns.
  1. Speeding Drivers
Drivers who speed have less time to react to unexpected hazards. They also require a longer stopping distance, which increases the risk of rear-end collisions.

Keep your distance from drivers who are speeding or behaving aggressively. If a motorist is tailgating your vehicle, change lanes and let him or her pass.

  1. Drunk Drivers
Alcohol contributes to nearly one-third of all fatal accidents in the United States. There are dozens of cues that police use to identify drunk drivers. Keep your distance from motorists who show any of the following signs of intoxication:
  • Not switching on the headlights while driving at night;
  • Using the wrong turn signal or no turn signal at all;
  • Driving much faster or slower than the speed limit;
  • Stopping well before or after an intersection;
  • Almost hitting the curb or another object in the road;
  • Swerving; or
  • Drifting onto the shoulder.
If you were hurt or lost a family member due to a distracted, speeding, or drunk driver, turn to the Luke Dow Law Firm. As your Austin personal injury attorney, Luke Dow will gather evidence, interview witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 903-297-0037 to schedule a free consultation.



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