Thousands of people receive traffic tickets each year. Some are minor, such as speeding or a faulty taillight. Some tickets are for more serious offenses, such as a property damage or even fatal car accident. In order to avoid becoming a part of this statistic, consider the following tips in order to reduce those changes. While we are traffic ticket lawyers, we care more about protecting our clients and want to ensure their safety.
Avoid Driving While Under the Influence of a Substance
Alcohol and drugs are a major contributor to fatal accidents. This is a point that is driven home all the time, but in order for you to avoid being fatally injured in a car accident, it’s important you don’t drive while under the influence. Make plans to have a designated driver, or call a cab if you can’t drive safely home.
Use Your Seat Belt
Yes, it’s the law. And you can get a ticket for not wearing yours. And no, it won’t prevent a car accident. But wearing your seatbelt will increase your chances of remaining alive after an accident, and reduce the chances of severe injuries as well. Make sure children are properly restrained as well.
Distractions aren’t limited to cell phone use. Radio changing, applying make-up and even eating will all contribute to distracted driving and subsequent accidents. Remain focused on the road at all time, and this will allow you to better react when you come upon a dangerous situation.
Obey the Speed Limit
All too often we read in the paper that the cause of a deadly accident was speeding. Driving too fast reduces your reaction time and increases your braking distance, making it harder to avoid danger or an accident.
Another sensitive issue we see as traffic ticket lawyers is the issues that come along with aging and driving. If you are the family member of an elderly driver, it’s important to know that just because someone gets older does not mean they have to give up the right to drive. It just means that you should create a plan to keep their driving skills sharp, and plan for alternative transportation when driving becomes too dangerous and the likelihood of a traffic ticket or auto accident increases.
Discussing an aging person’s driving ability and safety on the roadway is a sensitive topic. Driving is an important part of someone’s daily routine, and it brings a sense of independence and freedom. This is why it’s important to carefully approach the subject and know what to say ahead of time.
Having the Discussion
When getting ready to have this important discussion, consider the following:
Prepare. First, observe your family member’s driving skills so you can address the specific needs. Learn about local services that provide transportation alternatives.
Say “I”. To avoid approaching your family member in a confrontational tone, instead of saying “You should not drive”, try “I’m concerned about your driving safety.”
Focus on skills. Don’t base the conversation on the driver’s age but rather their skill set.
Remain supportive. Understand that your family member may feel hurt. Remind your loved one you’ll work together to determine the next steps.
It’s important to be honest and understanding. Don’t be manipulative by hiding the keys, as your loved one may come to resent you.
Contact the experienced attorneys at our firm in order to discuss the above issues. If you or a loved one has received a traffic ticket, reach out to one of our experienced team members today for more information.
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