If you're a motorist in Louisiana, you may consider yourself a relatively safe driver. However, not everyone else you share the road with is a safe or defensive driver. There are a few things you should do — beyond following the rules of the road and staying attentive — that can help you prevent serious injuries in the event that a negligent party causes a crash.
Here are two things that will help you reduce the chances of injury while navigating Lafayette traffic:
Avoid distractions while operating your car
You need to keep your eyes on the road while navigating traffic at all times. This means that you should avoid all types of distractions, including smartphones, drawn-out conversations with passengers, eating-while-driving, loud music and other things that could take your attention away from the road.
Being a defensive driver means that you're following the rules of the road. It also means that you're giving other motorists plenty of space and not taking undue risks. The key to being a defensive driver generally means that you have adopted the attitude of never being in a hurry. As soon as you feel rushed, you're more likely to tailgate others, drive through yellow lights and dart out into traffic.
Did you or a family member suffer serious injuries in a vehicular accident due to the fault of a negligent motorist? You may want to look deeper into your situation to evaluate whether you can hold the at-fault driver liable for damages. Our law office can evaluate your situation to determine your legal rights and options.