GASTONIA, North Carolina. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, over 2 million people were injured in car accidents. Car accidents are often highly preventable, yet, when they occur, lives can be shattered. Many accidents occur due to human error. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact J. Boyce Garland, Jr.: Attorney at Law today.
The good news is that many accidents can be prevented with proper care and precaution. Here are some things you can do to avoid a car accident:

  • Avoid Drunk Driving. According to Consumer Reports, in 2012 alone 10,000 people were killed due to drunk or buzzed driving. Drunk driving costs individuals and victims approximately $37 billion each year.
  • Put Down the Cell Phone. Distracted driving is becoming as big a problem as drunken driving and it is claiming more lives every year. As many as one-third of all drivers admitted to texting and driving. According to org, in the time it takes to send a single text message, your car can travel the distance of a football field.
  • Watch Your Speed. Speeding can lead to more serious accidents and reduce the amount of time you have to react if another car stops suddenly or swerves in your way. Obeying the speed limit is an easy way to protect yourself and your loved ones when driving. But, also be aware that the speed limit is just a recommendation for ideal conditions. Rain, snow, ice, or other conditions should also affect your speed. In some cases, driving at the speed limit is dangerous.
  • Wear Your Seat Belt. Seat belt and child restraints can protect you and your loved ones in the event of an accident. Whether you are driving long distances or just driving around the corner, you should always wear your seat belt.
  • Know How to Use Advanced Safety Systems. Many new cars come equipped with features that can help you avoid an accident. Rear cameras, lane-departure warnings, and blind spot monitoring systems can protect you and your passengers. Some cars even come equipped with override systems to protect you if you make a deadly mistake behind the wheel. Yet other vehicles come equipped with auto pilot systems. Make sure you understand how to use these systems and that you are aware of their limitations. No system should replace active and attentive driving. 

There are many things you can do to stay safe behind the wheel. Knowing when you’ll need to take additional precautions—for instance, during bad weather or at night, by avoiding distracted driving, and drunk driving, and by wearing your seat belt. These actions can protect you and your loved ones. However, even if you are cautious, the actions of another driver can still result in an accident. If you or a loved one was hurt in a car crash in Gastonia, North Carolina, contact the personal injury lawyers at J. Boyce Garland, Jr.: Attorney at Law today. Visit their website

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