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Avoiding Automobile Injuries

Although we live in an age of mesmerizing technological growth, we still witnessed more than 243,000 injuries in Florida caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2015. So make no mistake, automobile accidents can be traumatic events for you and your loved ones. Victims who end up seriously hurt in a car, truck, or motorcycle accidents, often find themselves unable to work, incur substantial medical expenses, and experience significant pain and suffering. In addition to common life problems we all face, victims suddenly find themselves confronted with crippling pain, financial uncertainty and unexpected expenses. Accidents resulting in disability, loss of life or permanent reduced mobility often times cause devastation beyond the sort contemplated by victims and their families.

Many of these accidents are often the result of reckless or callous habits of individuals that remain uncorrected over time. Such is the case when a driver is speeding, driving under the influence, or simply unwilling to take any necessary precautions when feeling drowsy, nervous or sleepy. In addition, when operating a vehicle many people instinctively "settle" or tolerate certain amount of individualized distractions as a "necessary evil." While such habits vary distinctly between persons, most common distractions include eating, drinking, smoking, texting, talking and operating machinery there are often multitudes of other distractions that through habitual formation can create dangerous instrumentalities around your vehicle. It is simply unfortunate that such instrumentalities sometimes lead to complicated situations and circumstances that no reasonable or innocent person can avoid. Consequently, until "self-driving" or automated vehicles become more reliable, thereby replacing human nature/judgment, accidents will remain an inevitable and unfortunate risk to human life.

In light of the above, it is very important to always remember that your perception may not be in par with reality. As discussed, what you perceive or fear from the severity of impact is often times much less than the actual force during a collision. For this reason, it is important to develop good driving habits that help avoid distractions.

Forming good driving habits, much like other habits, takes time, patience and persistence. While there are multitude of recommendations, and great many articles that discuss this matter further, below are some basic suggestions to help you get started.

A. Obey the traffic laws and avoid all common distractions that subtract from your focus. If you feel tiredness, fatigue or sleepiness, immediately stop driving and get some rest.

B. Maintain your vehicle in a good condition and always remain vigilant of the surrounding cars. It is not enough to focus only on your driving, - you must also be mindful that other drivers around you could make a mistake or do something unexpected. This is often times the cause of many rear end collisions.

C. Always wear your sit-belt and maintain safe enough distance from other vehicles so you can stop in time in the event of an emergency. The higher your speed, the more distance you should maintain.

D. Make a habit of applying the brakes early, and always hold the steering wheel with both hands. Doing this will lead to a safer driving practice while reducing wear and tear on your vehicle?

E. ALWAYS check your blind spot and use your turn signals, even if you don't see any vehicles around you.

F. Slow down and take other cautionary measures when you are passing a road hazard, driving under the rain, or during a bad weather.

G. When driving down a long incline in addition to using your breaks, slowdown your vehicle using your engine or alternate gears.

H. Re-read your state DMV manual; it is of great benefit. That said, let's be honest; there is no scenario by which you are going to do this. Besides, you are probably thinking there are many other things you can do with your life than to re-read a DMV manual. If that is the case, please go to any search engine and type in "great driving habits" or the like. Spend at least twenty minutes looking over it and contemplating the results.

I. Avoid driving under the influence at all cost.

Important Note: Contrary to popular opinion, over the decades, the average weight / poundage of a new vehicle increased by almost a ton. This trend is likely to continue, and is attributable to the addition of more comfortable features, capable engines and multitude of other factors. Furthermore, there has been a slow but steady increase in the operating speed limit on many national highways. Consequently, a vehicle weighting an average of four thousand pounds (4000lb) and moving at seventy-five (75) miles per hour, generates an impact force, which depending on angle and velocity, is far greater than the human intuition of it. This disconnect between perception and reality is a leading factor in causing under-appreciation and thereby "instinctive toleration" of dangerous habits. The "under-appreciation impact" of SUV's and heavier vehicles is far more severe.

Note: Above is a simplification and a brief overview provided for informational purposes only. There are additional considerations and exceptions that could be applicable to your specific circumstances. You should not rely on any information provided here and should seek an experienced and caring personal injury lawyer as soon as possible before making any decisions.
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