DEFENSIVE DRIVING TO AVOID ACCIDENTS
Watch to learn some tips for driving defensively so you can avoid car crashes…
holiday traffic is the worst…
But there are some lessons we can learn from it that apply all year long. An important lesson is that a bit of defensive driving (not aggressive driving) can save you a lot of headache.
defensive driving strategy #1: Give the car ahead some space
There are more than 6 million car crashes a year, and 2.5 million of them are rear-end collisions (according to NHTSA).
The problem is that in Louisiana and in many other states, the presumption of fault is almost always on the rear-ending driver. What that means is if you rear end someone, it is mostly likely going to be found to be your fault.
(There are situations in which some comparative fault may be placed on the other driver, but generally the rule is that the rear-ending driving is at fault.)
The person in front of you could be slamming on their own brakes, looking down at their phone and looking up only long enough to accelerate a little bit again before stopping, or failing to use a blinker to indicate a last minute turn.
Nonetheless, if you hit that vehicle from behind, you will likely be responsible for it.
So it is definitely a good idea to give the cars ahead of you some space to allow for an inattentive driver or even an inconsiderate driver. Because at the end of the day, not matter how bad of a driver they are, you don’t want them to cause an accident that you have to pay for.
defensive driving strategy #2: Don’t gun it at the green light
I see a lot of people running red lights, especially around the holidays when drivers are itching to make the light.
So if you are stopped at a red light, a wise strategy is to avoid accelerating as soon as the light turns green. There could be a motorist on the other side trying to beat the light. In this situation, a motorist who runs a red light is most likely going to be found at fault for hitting a driver who had the right-of-way, but that doesn’t mean it won’t wreck your plans (pun intended).
But seriously, no matter how wrong they might be, it could still cause you a lot of stress, or worse, pain or severe injury.
So the bottom line is this…regardless of what other drivers are doing, there are ways to minimize your potential for a dangerous or even deadly collision.