If there’s one goal that we can all get behind, it’s to reduce the number of car accidents in Worcester and surrounding areas of Massachusetts. And fortunately, this New Year’s resolution is very possible, as car accidents are caused by avoidable acts of human error. Indeed, by making it your goal to be a better driver in 2018, you can do your part to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions, as well as keep yourself, your family, and others on the road safe. Here are some things to focus on that contribute to safety:

Drive Distraction Free

Your top goal for driving in 2018 should be to commit to driving without any distractions. Cellphones and other handheld devices are the worst culprits, and likely cause thousands of car accidents every year. Your commitment to driving without any distractions may mean putting your phone out of reach and out of sight so that you’re not tempted by it when you’re behind the wheel.

In addition to your cellphone, limit other distractions as well, such as eating, changing the music, or even daydreaming or talking to a passenger.

Slow Your Speed

Speed is one of the greatest risk factors for a collision, and the faster you’re traveling if you do crash, the more severe the damages will be. Your goal should be to never travel faster than the speed limit, and to slow your speed when there’s a lot of traffic or other adverse conditions, such as rain or snow. There is no shame in getting into the slower moving lane of traffic and taking an extra five or 10 minutes to get to your destination – doing so could save your life.

Look Before Performing Any Maneuvers

Most car accidents could be avoided if drivers took an extra second to look or double check to make sure that their path was clear before proceeding. In fact, collisions happen on highways, at stop signs, and in intersections precisely because drivers fail to look around them before proceeding, making a turn, or changing lanes. Commit to double checking and surveying the area around your vehicle before doing anything, even if it’s something as small as backing up from your driveway.

What to Do Following a Worcester Car Accident

Unfortunately, the truth is that while you may resolve to be a better driver and follow the safety tips above, you cannot count on all other drivers on the road to do the same. As such, you may become the victim of a car accident that is caused by the negligence of another party.

If you are involved in a crash this year, our Worcester car accident attorney will be prepared to advocate for you, and help you to recover compensation for your medical bills, damage to your vehicle, and any other economic or noneconomic harm you suffer. To schedule a free consultation with Tetzel Law, LLC, send us a message via the contact form on our website, or call us directly at your earliest convenience at (617) 933-3858.