It's possible to sue for damages after an auto accident in Philadelphia, but it's even better to prevent a crash from happening in the first place. Professional drivers often develop some unusual crash prevention methods that they add to standard practices to lower their chance of a wreck. Here are 6 tips from a former Philadelphia truck delivery driver. They allowed the driver to remain wreck-free even as others working in the same store were in a variety of accidents.
- Use that horn! It's good for far more than preventing side collisions or motivating someone to go at a green light. If you're sitting at a light and your rearview shows that someone is about to plow into your back end, honk your horn. The noise will attract the trailing driver's attention to your car and usually get them to apply the brakes in time. Another time to use it is if you're entering a known-dangerous intersection where people often run yellows and reds as they try to race through. Honking will let that other traffic know that their time for moving is over.
- Be mindful of the difference between theory and practice. The law in some states may say that a rear-end collision is always the other person's fault, but that doesn't change how long it really takes to stop. You must give the person behind you enough time to react and bring his car to a halt whenever you stop, or you will be hit. This means that you should never jam on the brakes when you realize you're about to pass an unfamiliar destination. Instead, pass it and then safely turn around and go back.
- Being in a hurry does not change the laws of physics. If there is one thing every driver should have drilled into them, it's this simple fact. People have a strong tendency to drive badly when they're in a rush, and many will outright say they do so "because they're in a hurry." Make sure to avoid this attitude! A maneuver that's way too risky when you're not in a hurry is just as risky when you are in a rush.
- Watch out for other hurrying drivers. No matter when your own job starts, the busy times for people to go to work or return to it after lunch are fraught with danger. Watch out for people who'll pull out in front of you when you're going 50 mph, jam on the brakes without warning when they get outside of their shops, and otherwise drive like no one else is on the road. Always be ready to swerve, especially during these times of the day.
- Look both ways before pulling out onto boulevards and other one-way streets. There is always the possibility that someone is not going the right way.
- Always check all around your car if there is even the remotest chance of small children - yours or someone else's - getting near the vehicle without being noticed while you were stopped at a residence or another place that kids may be found. Make sure to check all blind spots, including below the line of vision in the rear of the car, before backing up.
These are just some of the ways that can help prevent an accident or even a death. When even these methods fail, it could be time to consult with an auto accident attorney in Philadelphia to ensure that you get proper compensation. Contact us now to learn about all of your options.