Maryland car accidents can happen suddenly, leaving people with injuries, property damage, and other economic and non-economic losses. While they can be devastating, they are largely preventable. Most of them are caused by human error and are avoidable.
Build defensive driving skills
A formal driver’s education course can help people gain some defensive driving skills by learning about traffic laws. It is a good idea for drivers who have not undergone formal training to sign up for one of these courses. Completing a course can help to build awareness while driving. People should then practice defensive driving so that they can continue to improve. Doing such things as scanning all mirrors during driving, looking 15 seconds ahead, using turn signals when changing lanes, and always giving other drivers plenty of space can help people to reduce their accident risks by giving them more time to react.
Follow the traffic laws
Drivers should follow the traffic laws at all times. They should follow the speed limits, avoid tailgating, signal when preparing to turn or change lanes, and avoid driving while impaired. Distracted driving is another activity people should avoid. While behind the wheel, people should not do any of the following things:
- Checking social media
- Checking GPS
- Talking on the phone
- Adjusting the stereo
- Taking eyes or hands off of the road to talk to a passenger
Crashes sometimes happen even when drivers are cautious and follow all laws. People who suffer injuries in collisions caused by others might want to consider filing motor vehicle accident claims to recover compensation for their losses.