Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere.
At the end of the day, luck and chance arguably play a very big part in your involvement in a car accident. While we can't predict every accident, there are a few causes of car wrecks that are all too common. As San Antonio car accident lawyers, we've seen it all and know that many times a few mistakes can lead to a world of pain and regret.
Here are a few things to avoid to help you stay out of harm's way:
Don't Text and Drive
There isn't a day that goes by where you don't hear these words, but it is surprising that people are still not listening. Distracted driving leads to more accidents than drinking and driving and defective car parts. It is also the most avoidable cause of auto accidents.
Your personal injury attorney is likely to ask you if the other driver was visibly texting during the accident because it is so commonplace. The average person takes their eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds each time they look at their phone. Would you wear a blindfold for 5 seconds at a time while driving? We don't think so. By texting and driving, you are making the conscious decision to put yourself in danger as well as endangering those around you. Car wrecks with phones on the scene are also very common - imaging driving by the scene of an accident and seeing a smartphone on the side of the road with Facebook on its screen. Was it worth it?
Don't Drink and Drive
Obvious? Yes! Ignored? Definitely!
Texas boasts one of the highest mortality rates from drunk driving. We are doing our best to change the stats, but there is only so much we can do. Car accidents in San Antonio stemming from drunk driving are increasing as well, and we can't let this become the norm.
Have you allowed one of your friends to get behind the wheel after a few drinks? If so, you need to rethink your priorities. Driving under the influence is a blatant disregard not only for your own life, but for the lives of others around you. Nobody deserves to have an inebriated driver plow into their car. As car accident lawyers, we've heard way too many horror stories based around auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. If you're going to drink tonight, please consider Rideshare, a Taxi, or a designated driver!
Fatigue and Sleeping at the Wheel
We live in a city that is planted on major national interstates. Although this leads to a great variety of people and communities, it also leads to some inherent dangers. Truck accidents are rampant around San Antonio, and our truck accident attorneys have seen the worst of what can happen. Some truck drivers choose to go without sleep for days in order to make a shipment, and this leads to major risk for other drivers on the road. San Antonio commercial vehicle accidents are almost a daily occurrence, and fatigue is a major cause.
Energy drinks are not an adequate replacement for sleep, especially when you are committing to an activity as dangerous as driving - especially when driving a big rig. If you spot an 18-wheeler swerving in and out of a lane, make sure to call the truck company or nearest authority to make sure everyone gets home safely.
Stay safe and avoid auto accidents
No matter what, it is important to make sure your safety is your priority. Reckless driving leads to reckless loss of life.
If you have been involved in a car wreck in San Antonio, make sure to call The Báez Law Firm to discuss the details of your case. We are here to help you get your life back on track after an auto accident. Contact us today, and we'll do our best to help!