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Become a Better Alpharetta Driver In 2016

Pretty female driver in a white car showing the car keyThe Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provides that in 2013, Fulton County [1] had 54,385 automobile crashes, resulting in 14,304 injuries and 85 fatalities.  With these disturbing statistics, it is important for all Alpharetta residents to try and become better drivers in 2016.

Georgia Injuries from Auto Accidents

There are many serious injuries that an individual can sustain in an automobile accident including, but not limited to:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord and spinal column injuries
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • External injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries or concussions

Most of these injuries are preventable because the majority of automobile accidents are preventable.  A resolution to become a better Fulton County driver may ultimately become a big part of the overall solution.

Fulton County Residents Learn Safe Driving Habits

Here are a few safe driving habits that are important to improve your safe driving habits:

  1. Do Not Drive Distracted: There are many potential distractions for a driver including a cellular telephone, the radio, children in the backseat, trying to eat while driving and even a cup of coffee.  Focusing on the task of driving is necessary for overall driving safety.  In 2013, there were 3,143 individuals killed [2] in automobile accidents involving a distracted driver.
  2. Allow a Safe Distance: It is important to leave sufficient space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.  AARP [3] recommends the following for creating a safe space:  When the vehicle ahead passes a fixed object, start counting seconds until you pass the same spot or reference point.  Allow three seconds when you are driving a car or van and three seconds for a truck.  Even more time is necessary for a tractor trailer.
  3. Make Safe Turns: AARP also recommends making safe turns.
    • Right Turns: Start close to the curb and do not drive wide to the left.
    • Left Turns: Do not make your turn too short.  Pull far enough into the intersection to make a proper, safe turn.  If the traffic situation does not permit an immediate safe turn, do not turn your front wheels while waiting.  If the wheels of a vehicle are turned and the vehicle is struck from behind, the automobile will be pushed into oncoming traffic.
    • Communicate: When making turns, be sure to communicate your intentions through the use of signals.
    • Backing Up: Backing up a vehicle can be dangerous even for a safe driver. Use mirrors and, where necessary, get out and check the area you are backing into for dangers such as potholes, poles, signs and pedestrians.  It is also important to watch for overhead obstructions, such as utility wires, signs or overhangs.

Alpharetta Lawyers for Automobile Accident Victims

Driving safely can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident with injuries, can prevent a traffic citation from being issued and may assist to keep your insurance premiums lower.  Even a safe driver can still be involved in an automobile accident, however.  If you are involved in an accident and you are harmed as a result, it is important to speak to an Alpharetta automobile accident lawyer.

References:

[1] http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/fullpanel/uploads/files/fulton.pdf
[2] http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html
[3] http://www.thehartford.com/sites/thehartford/files/safe-driving-habit.pdf

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