Avoiding Car Accidents
On October 30, 2012
In Connecticut many people will agree they are an aggressive dirver. Some people think you have to be, or else you will get eaten up on the highways in this area. Honestly, if your're' not (in my view) you are more prone to an accident. Many times have I seen out of state drivers either get in an accident or almost get in an accident because they either were going too slow, did not know when to make their move when merging lanes, or being tailgated. NO ONE lets you merge into a lane, they just speed up. And tailgating is a silent message to speed the hell up! Read on to learn how to not get in an accident in CT.
Watch your speedPosted speed limits are designed to give the control necesary to handle the terrain and traffic of the area. Additionally slowing your speed in dangerous weather or traffic conditoins will further ensure safety.
Always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. A cushion of space gives you time to react should the vehicle you're following brake suddenly.
Use Turn SignalsTo prevent other vehicles from colliding with your car, be sure to always use your turn signals, and to drive at a steady, even pace without quick starts and stops. When switching lanes, check your blind spots and be aware of other merging vehicles.
Be Alert In IntersectionsMany accidents occur when traffic directions are uncertain. In confusing areas, always check and double check traffic approaching from all directions. If you have the right of way, proceed slowly while keeping an eye out for any vehicle crossing your path.
Road Rules Apply in Parking LotsThe rules of the road are the same in parking lots. Be sure to drive on the right side of the lane, observe stop signs and don't drive accross rows of parking spaces. It is also important to be especially aware of pedestrians, as they will cross at any point in a parking lot.
Assume that other drivers will try to beat that red light or blow the stop sign. Don't think a car won't turn just because it's signal isn't on. And, most importantly, always watch out for pedetrians. They don't always cross where and when they should.
Following the above guidelines is a good safeguard against collision. But if you are the victim of someone else's negligence on the road, contact Attorney Victor M. Ferrante to discuss your legal options.