Auto accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, so there’s no foolproof way to avoid getting into an accident. Freeway accidents, however, can result in deadlier injuries, since speeds are higher and there are more drivers in one area. Safe driving is smart driving, so if you want to be a safer driver on the freeway, follow these steps:
- Be wary of the fast lane: Most freeway accidents occur in the fast, left lane because there’s a smaller chance of being able to escape (off to an exit ramp) or maneuver out of your way of an erratic driver. Only drive in the fast lane temporarily and if you’re in a rush; otherwise; the middle lanes are the safest and will get you to your location on time.
- Scan your surroundings: Besides being aware of the car directly in front of you, you should also be vigilant of the cars on your side, behind you, and the car in front of the one in front of you. You’ll see a problem way before it actually would physically affect you, which gives you more reaction time. Also, be attentive of cars around you that are in bad or suspicious condition; this will force you to be more mindful of who you’re driving with, and who you can have your eye on in case something goes wrong.
- Know your blind spots: Forgetting about your blind spots is a major cause of freeway accidents. Check your rearview and side mirrors before switching lanes and merging onto the highway, and be extra watchful of truckers’ blind spots.
- Be cautious at night: Completely avoiding driving at night is impossible, but it does help to know that you’re at a higher risk of a freeway accident in the evening. This is because of many factors, which could include fatigue or others being reckless or drunk driving.
The lawyers at Gnau & Tamez know that risks of auto accidents are higher during freeway driving. If you or someone you know has been injured in a freeway accident in California, our attorneys can protect your rights and represent you in court.