Less Freeway Traffic Means Fewer Crashes, but Increased Serious Injury Risk

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Less Freeway Traffic Means Fewer Crashes, but Increased Serious Injury Risk

One of the most surreal aspects of the Safer at Home restrictions is the freeway traffic, or lack thereof.  With schools and many non-essential businesses closed and larger corporate businesses encouraging work from home, it hasn’t been uncommon to see completely green traffic maps across Southern California, even during typical rush hours.  Because freeway traffic is mostly flowing unimpeded, the average speed of traffic is increased.  If a collision does occur, it will most likely happen at a higher speed, potentially resulting in a more severe crash and higher risk of serious injury.

If you are one of the essential workers who still need to commute to and from work, stay extra vigilant on the roads!

Verify Your Insurance Coverage

If you get into a serious car crash without the appropriate insurance coverage, you could be on the hook for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and more.  In addition to standard liability coverage, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth strongly recommends uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to protect your financial well-being.  Driving without insurance is against the law and removes the right to claim damages for pain and suffering if you are not at fault for the crash.

Keep Your Vehicle Maintained

Vehicles that have not been kept maintained are more likely to be involved in a car crash.  Improper tire maintenance can lead to blowouts and poor control in wet weather.  Worn brakes can make it more difficult to avoid a collision.  Foggy headlights can make it difficult to see at night.  You get the idea.  Keep your vehicle in tip top shape to avoid some preventable crashes.

Practice defensive driving

Defensive driving techniques help keep you aware and prepared for the unexpected.  Some basic defensive driving tips include:

  • Planning ahead – Be prepared for adverse weather, construction, or any thing else that could have an impact on your drive.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – Pay attention to other vehicles on the road, especially if one of them is acting erratically.
  • Leave some space – Following another vehicle too closely is a is a good way to cause a rear end collision should the other vehicle need to make an emergency stop.
  • Slow down sooner – Braking early, especially in adverse weather, can help prevent you from causing a rear end accident and help prevent others from rear ending you.
  • Tone down aggression – That other driver may be a jerk, but escalating the situation is a recipe for disaster.

Avoid distracted driving

Distracted driving can cause momentary losses of focus, and it only takes one missed moment to cause a collision.  No texting while driving!  Taking your eyes off the road, even if there are not many vehicles out there, can still lead to a wreck.

If you are involved in an accident, contact an experienced attorney

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth remains operational during the Safer at Home protective order.  We are committed to our clients’ and potential clients’ health and well-being – we offer free consultations over the phone and can tell you if you have a strong legal case, all without you leaving the safety of your home.  All paperwork can be completed and signed remotely.  We will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the best possible legal help during these trying times.

Call us today at 888-517-9888 for your free consultation.

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