We can’t imagine how scary it must be to be driving on the highway and spot a car going the wrong way. It just reminds us again of how important it is to commit 100% of your attention to your surroundings when you’re on the road. As Arizona car accident attorneys, we hope everyone drives defensively to avoid accidents and injuries.
Over the weekend, two women were killed when their car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver (ABC 15 9/25/10). The driver was heading westbound in the I-10 east HOV lane in a pickup truck when he hit the women’s sedan. There were no passengers in the truck, but the driver is in the hospital with serious injuries. The investigation as to the cause of the wreck is still underway, but the authorities are expecting to find impairment as a main cause.
Watching the road and limiting distractions while driving is very important to prevent causing an accident. Offensive driving is easy because you control it. When variables that can not be predicted are involved, like impaired drivers on the road, that is when defensive driving becomes vital.
Most defensive driving strategies are designed to prevent accidents, while some others investigate the thought process behind drivers’ actions. Keeping space is a big part of defensive driving, such as picking a stationary object to keep a two-second gap when you are following a car. Understanding right-of-way and reaction distance is also important to anticipate other drivers’ actions. The National Safety Council runs courses for children and parents as part of their “Alive at 25” program to teach these and more defensive driving techniques. To learn more, you can call (602) 264-2394.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in which an impaired driver may be to blame, please call us for a free consultation. We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (602) 267-1280.