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Written by: J. Todd Tenge

Five Steps to Avoid a Car Accident in Colorado

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Car accidents aren’t always avoidable. There’s nothing you can do about the other driver, after all. But if you drive defensively and exercise certain precautions, you can improve your chances of reacting to surprises and avoiding an accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact the Denver accident attorneys at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 502-5587 today to schedule a free case evaluation.

  1. Don’t drive distracted. It might sound obvious, but it bears repeating. Distracted driving can be deadly. Even if you have your own vehicle under control, talking on the phone takes your focus off of the task at hand and makes it harder to react to the unexpected.
  2. Drive with your lights on. Even in the daytime, your headlights serve as additional warning to other motorists, making them more acutely aware of oncoming traffic.
  3. Don’t speed. Speeding reduces your reaction time. Even if your speed is safe for the conditions, excessive speed may not allow you enough time to move out of harm’s way.
  4. Don’t tailgate. Just remember the three second rule. Locate an object like a signpost or tree and count how long it takes for you to reach that object after the car in front of you does. If it’s less than three seconds, you’re following too closely.
  5. Maintain your vehicle. Regular maintenance keeps your car in good shape, but it’s not just about oil changes. Auto manufacturers periodically issue directives to have defective parts replaced. Keeping on top of maintenance ensures that you receive these important updates.

Car accidents do happen, but observing some common sense guidelines can significantly improve your chances of avoiding them. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, please contact the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 502-5587 to schedule a consultation with a Denver accident attorney. We also have offices in Boulder and Fort Collins.

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