It’s June, which means it is National Safety Month! The goal of this
month is to raise awareness regarding safety on the roads and for pedestrians
and bicyclists. We believe that it’s important for drivers and other
individuals to pay close attention to others around them, watch out for
the road, and share the road safely. With so many vehicles on the road,
failure to drive safely can cause serious collisions that may result in
injuries. Before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, make sure you
take proper precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we want to raise awareness to the issues concerning
negligent and reckless driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
/ Highway Loss Data Institute estimated 2,336 fatal collisions in the
state of Florida in 2014. In total, there were 316,943 traffic crashes
in 2013, an increase of 12.65% from the 281,340 the year prior. These
numbers are alarming and it should be cause for concern. This is why our
Florida auto collision lawyer is dedicated to providing drivers and others on the road safety tips so
they can avoid potential dangers.
Pay Attention to Your Blind Spots
One reason collisions occur is because some drivers may not check their
blind spots. They may not take the time to check their mirrors and use
a brief head turn to make sure there are no vehicles in the lane next
to them prior to changing lanes. Make sure you pay close attention to
your blind spots using correct mirror adjustments and your peripheral
vision. Your mirrors should be set up in a way that gives you a panoramic
view of what is behind you and what’s to the side of your vehicle.
Take a Second Before Driving When the Light Turns Green
It seems like everyone is always in a rush on the roads. Once the traffic
light turns green, be aware of drivers coming from the cross street at
the intersection that may run a red light. Because drivers may speed up
to “beat the light,” they could be traveling at a higher speed
that would cause a serious collision. Take a second to look for the potential
danger of a crash before accelerating.
Share the Road
With many vehicles are on the road, it’s important to know that motorcyclists
and bicyclists have rights as well. As such, it is the responsibility
of all individuals to share the road safely so no crashes occur. This
includes not tail-gating and leaving adequate space for motorcyclists,
not entering bike lanes, and watching for pedestrians at crosswalks. Any
oversight can result in a serious collision and someone sustaining serious injuries.
Watch for Dangers
There are other dangerous conditions on the road you need to stay alert
for. Poorly maintained roads could have a pothole in the street or a missing
traffic sign that warns of a stop or other road hazard. Lack of distractions
such as cell phones, helps you to focus on the road.
Unfortunately, we can take as many precautions as we want to feel safe,
but if others on the road are not doing the same, they can pose as a potential
danger. At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we aim to hold negligent drivers accountable
for any injuries sustained in a collision.
Call us today to discuss your rights and learn if you have a case.