To say that a car accident is one of life’s worst experiences is an understatement. You may suffer physical and emotional pain and not know what to do next or where to turn.
In such a case, we want to be the first people you call, as your Indiana car accident lawyers. But we’d prefer that you avoid this situation in the first place by making safety your priority with the following guidelines.
Stay off the road if you must drink. After a night on the town, call a friend or relative to drive you home, or take a cab. If you’re convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent, you automatically lose your license for six months, and that’s just for a first offense.
Always put your children in seats that are correct for their size and age. They must also fit in your car and always in the back seat until they turn 12. Kids under 12 months belong in rear-facing seats, while those from one-to-three years old should stay in such seats for as long as possible. Keep in mind that car accidents are the number one killer of kids up to age 12, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Turn off your cellphone when you drive, so you’re not tempted to browse the web, text, or perform other distractions that increase your chance of a crash by up to 23 times, says the NHTSA. If you must use your phone, such as to report someone whose distractions are endangering everyone else, first pull over to a safe location.
Following these tips may reduce your chance of an accident. But if an accident happens and it’s not your fault, contact us so we can help you.