In case you have not noticed, it is already summer, the time of year to go on a vacation. You are probably going to be driving on a lot of highways to go to other cities or states this season. And we know what many people think when someone mentions something about interstate driving on highways, “Oh, that is so dangerous!”
In fact, it is not as dangerous as you may think, says our Los Angeles car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg. Divided highways are actually not the most crash-prone areas despite heavy congestion, drivers traveling at extremely high speeds and changing lanes every minute or two.
Statistics shows that highways are actually less dangerous than roads. But in no way does it mean that you can disregard all traffic rules when driving on highways, thinking that you will never get into a car accident.
Car accident on highways do happen, but the risk of colliding into other motorists can be significantly reduced if you follow these six simple tips to avoid interstate car accidents.
6 tips to avoid interstate car accidents on highways
- Watch out for lane mergers. Many car accidents on highways are caused by drivers attempting to merge into another motorist’s lane. Never do this, and beware of other motorists who may be too eager to merge into your lane. How? Well, for starters, put away your phone, stay away from distracted drivers, and always check both sides before changing lanes.
- Beware of brake slammers. Rear-ending on highways can be deadly. It is true, because vehicles are traveling at extremely high speeds on highways. So when driving on highways, never get distracted and always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. That is because the driver of the vehicle in front of you may slam on his or her brakes any second due to a hazard on their path. Abrupt slamming on the brakes can be fatal for you and other drivers.
- Stay away from blind spots. One of the worst things you can do when driving on a highway is lingering in other drivers’ blind spots. You can substantially reduce the risk of getting into a car accident if you can clearly be seen in other drivers’ rear- and side-view mirrors.
- Look over your own shoulder when changing lanes. “Blind spots are dangerous both when you and other drivers linger in them,” says our experienced car accident attorney in Los Angeles. Always ensure that no one is lingering in your own blind spots when changing lanes – and the best way to do this is to look very quickly over your shoulder before merging into another lane.
- Maintain a safe distance. A very simple tip to avoid accidents on interstate highways, and yet so many motorists in Los Angeles and all across California still fail to follow it. Take note of what is happening with the vehicle in front of you, but never forget about tailgaters driving behind you. If there are tailgaters behind you, never make any abrupt movements.
- Be alert for debris from other vehicles. It often happens that car crashes on highways are caused by road debris from other vehicles, especially trucks.
If you have been injured in a car crash on a highway or road somewhere in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, speak to our Los Angeles car accident attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg to get a free consultation. Call our offices at 310-997-0904 or complete this contact form.