14 Ways to Prevent Traffic Accidents

Many accidents are preventable if we keep these practical tips in mind.
close up of city traffic and two lines of cars.

We can all do our part to lower the number of car accidents by doing simple, common sense things like driving defensively, focusing on the road, and being aware of what other drivers are doing, especially at intersections. 

You have seen drivers who were not paying attention barrel right through a stop sign or red light. Yes, you have the right of way on a green light, or if you stopped first at a 4-way stop sign. But a quick pause and situational awareness can save lives.

14 Driving Safety Tips

  1. Avoid distractions like texting, eating, very loud music, etc…
  2. Insist that all occupants fasten their seat belts every time. 
  3. Don’t drive unless you are alert and sober.
  4. Avoid tailgating.
  5. Keep your car well-maintained.
  6. Inspect your vehicle for problems before driving.
  7. Check that your brake lights, headlights, and turn signals are functioning properly.
  8. Don’t drive too fast for dangerous conditions.
  9. Avoid driving during flash floods and icy or snowy conditions if possible.
  10. Drive defensively, expecting other drivers to make mistakes.
  11. Don’t speed.
  12. Use your turn signal every time.
  13. Always observe the proper right of way laws.
  14. Give plenty of space for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
Risky driving statistics from NHTSA.gov
  • 90.7% of people wore seatbelts in 2019
  • Seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017


Preventing Pedestrian Accidents (for pedestrians)

  • Wear brightly colored, reflective clothing if walking in the dark.
  • Don’t walk in the road unless crossing at a proper intersection.
  • Don’t ingest too much alcohol before walking.


Preventing Motorcycle Accidents (for motorcycle riders)

  • Wear a helmet
  • Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Avoid speeding
  • Be alert for careless drivers
  • Take a safety course
  • Use great caution with left turns
  • Follow all laws


Preventing Bicycle Accidents (for bicycle riders)

  • Follow all traffic laws and signs just like a car driver.
  • Avoid cycling after dark, if possible.
  • Wear bright lights and bright, reflective clothing.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before your ride.
  • Wear your helmet every ride.


Preventing Tractor Trailer Truck Accidents (for other drivers)

  • Give trucks extra space to brake.
  • Give large trucks room to turn.
  • Avoid being in a truck’s blind spot.
  • Give truckers plenty of room on steep inclines or declines.
  • Avoid cutting suddenly into the oncoming path of a truck.
  • Never pull out quickly in front of a tractor-trailer truck, they can’t stop as quickly as a car can.
Speeding motorcycle on a highway.
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If You Have Been in an Accident

If you have been in an accident involving another vehicle, here are 10 things you need to do right away to be sure your insurance or the other driver’s insurance covers your related medical debt and other damages.

Be sure to keep up with the police report, your medical bills, your mileage to and from medical appointments, any property damage reports, health insurance receipts, and your lost wages so that you can give them to your personal injury attorney to help you file your claim.


No-Fault VS At-Fault Insurance

Check with your auto insurance company and your attorney to find out who is responsible for medical payment coverage and expenses in your state when there is an accident. Also research whether you need at-fault insurance, no-fault insurance, or both, for your own financial protection.

A no-fault state requires your own personal injury coverage insurance (pip insurance or pip coverage) to cover your expenses—and those of your passengers—regardless of who was at fault in the accident. In an at-fault state, the at-fault driver’s liability insurance should cover other people’s accident-related expenses up to certain liability limits.


Looking for a Personal Injury Law Firm Near You?

At Burriss and Ridgeway, we have experienced personal injury lawyers who understand different types of personal injury cases.

If you have been in an accident and need legal representation to help you file a personal injury claim,

Please contact us today.

We would be glad to provide you with a free consultation to see if we think we can recover compensation for pain and suffering, personal injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages you may have sustained from a car crash or other type of motor vehicular accident.

We have offices conveniently located in Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia, South Carolina.


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