Traffic accidents are one of the top causes of serious injuries in our communities. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, approximately 310,000 crashes are reported in the state each year. We can do better.
Every motorist should put in the time, energy, and focus needed to become a safer and more responsible driver. Here are five important steps you can take that will substantially reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.
1. Perform Regular Vehicle Maintenance
To be a responsible driver, you need to be in a road-safe vehicle. Make sure that you are conducting regular vehicle maintenance on your car. Everything from the tires to the brakes to the windshield wipers must be in proper working condition. Too many accidents occur because drivers fail to abide by their duty to maintain their car.
2. Follow All Traffic Laws—Including the Speed Limit
Traffic regulations are in place for a reason. Responsible drivers follow road signs and traffic laws. This means more than simply avoiding egregious violations.
When you pull up to a stop sign, take the extra second to protect the safety of pedestrians by bringing your car to a complete stop. When you are driving through Rockford’s neighborhoods, follow the posted speed limit—even if it seems like it is a little bit too slow.
3. Avoid Drinking and Driving
Unfortunately, intoxicated driving remains a serious public safety issue in Illinois. Drunk driving is a serious criminal violation. It puts the health and safety of everyone on the road, including the drunk driver at risk.
Find another way home. If you were hurt in a crash with a drunk driver in Winnebago County, you should contact an experienced Rockford DUI accident lawyer immediately.
4. Get Enough Rest
Fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Some studies have found that driving after being awake for 24 hours is the equivalent of driving with a BAC level of 0.10—which is above the legal limit. Fatigued drivers have poor judgment, a slower reaction time, and are at risk of dozing off when behind the wheel.
5. Put Your Cell Phone Away
Finally, your cell phone should be safely tucked away whenever you are behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 3,100 Americans are killed in distracted driving accidents each year. Texting while driving is one of the most common, and most dangerous, forms of distracted driving.
Responsible drivers put their phones away. If you need to make an emergency text or call, pull over.
Get Help From a Rockford, IL Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Tuite Law, our Illinois car accident attorneys are strong advocates for highway safety. If you or your family member was injured in a traffic collision, we are here to help. To arrange a free, fully private review of your case, please contact us right away.
We have an office in Rockford and we serve communities throughout Winnebago County, including Loves Park, South Beloit, Machesney Park, and Rockton.