In the early morning hours of October 9, a potentially intoxicated driver crashed into a tree near the corner of 73rd St. and Holliday Dr. Neighbors said crashes along where the road curves in this area are becoming more common. Unfortunately, this curve is not unique in its danger to motorists. According to data provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration, 28 percent of fatal car crashes happen on curves. Here are some tips to avoid a crash on a curved road.
- Slow down. If the curve is sharp, there will likely be signs letting you know the speed limit is reduced around the curve. Obey the speed limit. Even if there is not a sign, logically gauge how fast you can safely go around the curve.
- Be aware of what speed your vehicle can safely handle. A motorcycle or smaller car will likely be able to safely take a curve at a faster speed than a bigger vehicle, such as a semi or a pick-up truck which is hauling a trailer.
- Use extra caution when taking a curve in bad weather. This includes if it is extra windy, if roads are slick, and if visibility is reduced.
- Be an alert driver. Do not drink and drive. Get enough sleep before driving, especially when driving long distances. Put away electronic devices and other distractions which might make you less aware of dangers on curved roads.
- Stay in your lane, and do not try to pass another vehicle on a curve. Curves create a blind spot. You may not see other vehicles coming, and you could end up in a head-on collision if you go into another lane.
Unfortunately, some drivers like to take curves quickly and dangerously. As Indianapolis auto accident lawyers, we want to help you if you are involved in a car accident involving another vehicle hitting you on a curved road. Contact us for a free consultation.