While it is impossible to predict and control the actions of others, there are certain things California drivers can do that will allow them to stay safer on the road. Many car accidents are the result of basic human error and mistakes, and caution and consideration can go a long way in reducing the overall chance of a collision. Each driver is responsible for choices made behind the wheel, especially when these decisions negatively affect others.
Traffic rules are in place for a reason, and following them can make it less likely an accident will occur. This includes observing the speed limit, stopping at intersections, properly yielding and more. This is especially important at intersections, where many car accidents occur. Coming to a complete stop, watching for other drivers and being patient can make intersections safer.
Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Drivers can significantly reduce their chance of an accident simply by putting their phones down. Texting, talking on the phone and scrolling social media are common forms of distraction, but there are other things that can take a driver's attention as well. Adjusting the radio, talking with a passenger or even eating can be dangerously distracting.
No matter how safe a California driver is, he or she is still susceptible to the consequences of the reckless or negligent choices of others. After car accidents, it may be appropriate to seek damages and to hold responsible parties accountable through a civil claim. This can allow a victim to recoup losses and address noneconomic damages sustained as a result of the crash.