Simple Tips to Help You Drive Safer

It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. You glance down at your phone. Or you look at your floorboard when you hear something fall out of your bag.

Even the slightest distraction can cause a collision. And even if you didn’t mean to look away, or check your phone, if you end up in a wreck, it can cost you a lot of time and money. We work hard to represent our clients involved in auto accidents, but we always advocate for safe driving practices to prevent wrecks from happening.

Use these tips the next time you get behind the wheel to practice safer driving habits.

 

Let Technology Help You

The use of cell phones is banned in most states unless you’re using Bluetooth or voice-activated technology. But if you’re driving on any road, you’ll notice how many drivers are still looking at their phones. Regardless of what state you’re in, we recommend waiting to send a text until you’re parked or pulled over, that’s always the safest for you and everyone else.

Most vehicles are now equipped with wireless technology that allows you to talk on the phone hands-free. Use these features to avoid taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.

Don’t forget to check out your vehicle’s built-in safety features like blind-spot indicators, lane assist, and pre-collision assist tools.

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

An important part of safe driving is knowing what’s going on around you. And that means having your mirrors adjusted where you can see vehicles behind you and to your sides. Watch other drivers and be prepared to break or shift lanes if they’re unaware or driving recklessly.

If you’re driving on interstate highways, always look ahead to see if other vehicles are braking. Many accidents happen because drivers go from high speeds to complete stops quickly.

 

Stay Secured

The first thing you should do when getting in a vehicle is buckle your seatbelt. A buckled seatbelt will keep you from being severely injured or killed. If you’re carrying any cargo or boxes, make sure they won’t slide or move while driving and cause a distraction.

 

We’re Here When You Need Us

We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind the next time you’re on the road. A few simple steps can prevent a major accident. But if you are in a wreck, reach out to our team. We’ve helped many drivers navigate the process of dealing with insurance and the legal process.

 

Why You Should Report an Accident to Your Insurance Company

It happened.

You were in a car accident.

It’s a moment every driver dreads. You want to be safe on the roads, but sometimes things happen. And you also know there are a lot of headaches involved when you wreck. Insurance claims, dealing with repairs, and possibly legal action.

Those thoughts alone may deter drivers from reporting an accident to their car insurance company. They fear a rate increase and often believe it’s best to handle damage costs with the other driver.

But there’s a problem with that decision. Here’s why it’s critical always to report an incident to your insurance company right away.

 

Your Rate May Not Increase

Reporting an accident isn’t the same as filing a claim. Your insurance company needs the other driver’s information (driver’s license, insurance coverage, license plate, etc.) if a claim needs to be filed. Take plenty of pictures at the scene to show evidence of damage. Many major carriers will let you upload this information directly on your smartphone.

 

Underinsured Drivers and Unclear Damage

The other driver may not be insured. Or damage and injuries that weren’t evident at the scene of an accident may be discovered much later after the initial wreck is cleared. Reporting the incident can prevent any problems with claims later.

 

Legal Action May Be Needed

You’ll also want to call the police and file an official report. It’s imperative to have this information if legal action is needed.

If the accident is not your fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will seek to pay you as little as possible.

Their goal is to keep claims costs low. But unfortunately, that means you may not have enough money to cover the damage caused by the accident.

That’s where we come in.

Our attorneys work directly with insurance companies to get you the maximum claim amount. Being in an accident is stressful enough. Let us handle getting you the payment you need. If you’ve been in an accident, reach out to our team to discuss your case.