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When the fun and festivities of the holidays end, we all come back to reality and realize that the roads are still terribly unsafe. You’re not just focusing on your own driving, but you’re also worried about how everyone else is handling their driving. We see hundreds of cases each year from responsible drivers who found themselves involved in car accidents in Houston. Here are some safety tips we’ve gathered that will help you navigate the roads this coming year:
Whether we like it or not, it doesn’t matter how good of drivers we are; it matters more about the world around us. Drive defensively as if you’re surrounded by incompetent drivers, and always remember to:
Map It Out
Some of us are glued to our GPS or the apps on our iPhone to direct us. If you’re dependent on your navigation system, you probably get a touch of anxiety when you make the wrong turn, or end up somewhere you didn’t intend to be. Don’t worry: Map it all out ahead of time, but if you find yourself in an odd spot, just remember that your navigation has gotten you this far—it can get you out of there, too.
When you plan ahead, you should also schedule stops to rest and eat. Focus these stops around times with heavy traffic (it’s always a good idea to stop and get dinner during rush hour; you’re not really moving in that traffic, anyway). Doing this ensures you’ll be around fewer drivers, which potentially minimizes the risk of getting into a collision as well.
You Follow the Rules of the Road, But Not Everyone Does
Treat every single driver as if they’ve lost their mind. Just because you follow the rules doesn’t mean your fellow drivers do. Houston car accident attorney offices see some of the most ridiculous ways that people have gotten into accidents- if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened!
Avoid Unnecessary Distractions
Don’t focus on the car radio, the GPS system, or talking to the passenger beside you. While you’ve probably heard, “Ten-and-two, eyes on the road” a million times when you went through driver’s education, the fact remains that those rules are drilled into your head for a reason. According to the NHSTSA, 3,450 distracted driving-related deaths occurred in 2016. That’s nine people a day.
Hand Over the Right-of-Way
Everybody wants to be first out there on the open road, but that’s where accidents pop up. If you’re in a tight spot and someone else is trying to wedge in, let them. It may not get you home faster, but it will get you home safer.
Your Houston car accident attorney’s office is the first place you should go after an automobile accident. If you’ve recently been injured, contact the offices of Hilda Sibrian today to discuss the next step.
In light of Harvey’s recent destruction across the Lonestar State, we’ve seen some of the most heroic acts by your everyday man. We’ve also seen how underprepared most of us are when severe weather strikes. It isn’t just hurricanes—any type of severe weather puts us in a specific predicament. Here are a few tips on how you should prepare from your Houston personal injury attorney’s office.
Store Ample Food and Water
There’s nothing worse than getting to a superstore and realizing that they’re sold out of bottled water and nonperishables, or foods with extremely long expiration dates. Get ahead of the curve before the next Harvey strikes, or we endure a nasty drought. There’s no disaster that doesn’t call for a stock-up of necessities. Even your local car accident lawyers’ Houston office will have an emergency stash (just in case we get stuck at the office).
We saw it recently with Irma in the Florida Keys—gas becomes the most-required necessity. Even if you have all that extra food and water, it’s going to be useless if it’s trapped in the trunk of your car. Try to have at least 10 gallons of gasoline at-the-ready for disasters. Even if we’re just enduring inclement weather, additional gas can help you, your family, and your neighbors if resources are scarce.
Have a Home Prep Plan
The second wind gets inside of your house, it can do major damage. If a tornado is on the horizon, it’s going to launch lawn chairs, children’s toys and other loose yard items through your windows, allowing wind to get inside and cause real harm. Have a fifteen-minute home plan in place so you can secure everything, close the shutters, and if you have to leave, you’ll at least be able to come back to an intact home.
Keep Valuables Safe and Accessible
If you have to evacuate in a hurry, especially if a tornado is on the horizon, you’ll want to take the important things with you. Jewelry, family photos, and anything of value should be able to be thrown into a box or secured in a backpack, and thrown into the trunk in a hurry. You don’t want to leave valuables behind, but you also don’t want to risk your safety or that of the ones you love in order to save some memorabilia.
Check Your Roof
You should inspect your roof once a month, especially in Texas. You rarely get enough of a warning that warrants finding money and time to repair your roof, but just as wind can enter your home through broken windows, it can get under your roof tiles and cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your home. The last thing you need is to return and find your living room soaked with a hole in the roof.
The Houston personal injury law offices of Hilda Sibrian is the first place you should call if you end up in a traffic collision when you’re evacuating or driving to/from the store for supplies. Take the first step before real disaster strikes.