Port Orange Automobile Accident Attorneys
When we are young, we have a pretty simple and slightly naive viewpoint of the world. It is only as we grow that we see the world isn’t quite what we imagined it to be. One of the major changes we are going to notice is the fact that not everyone is a law abiding citizen. Not to say everyone we meet is a criminal, of course, rather that not everyone follows the laws of the road. One of the biggest things we will notice is that an alarming amount of people don’t know how to properly use a turn signal. There are other dangers such as people deciding to pull out into the road, change lanes, or turn without signaling or checking for traffic.
Because of this, an assumption can be extremely dangerous when on the road. You have to be a little bit suspicious of everyone when you are behind the wheel. You can’t assume that everyone is going to drive the right way. It is a good way to get in an accident. Luckily for you, if someone doesn’t signal their intent and causes an accident, it can be easily said that they are at fault. The bad new, however, is that it can still result in you being seriously injured. While it is good to win a court case, it is better to not get injured and go to court in the first place.
The best thing you can do to counteract this is to make sure you are a safe distance from other vehicles. It is typically best to keep at least three seconds between you and the car in front of you. To determine that distance, wait until the vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object like a sign. Count how many seconds it takes you to pass the same object. If it is more than three seconds, you should be a safe distance away from them. This way if you are behind a vehicle that makes a sudden change, you have enough time to either apply the brakes or change lanes without getting in an accident. Given certain conditions such as rain or night time driving, the more space you give other vehicles the better.
As we said before, however, not everyone is going to follow the laws of the road. This includes the idea of keeping three seconds between you and other vehicles. Some people won’t even allow three feet between you and them. While this is annoying and it shouldn’t be your responsibility, it is better to change lanes and let them be impatient somewhere else. It is tempting to go even slower to annoy them or speed up to get rid of them. Both can be equally dangerous and not worth the effort.
If someone does cause a collision with your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact Rue & Ziffra. We have years of experience as Port Orange Automobile Accident Attorneys.