When it comes to highway collisions, they are always better avoided. But some crashes are indeed unavoidable, which is why it is a good idea to learn how to survive anything that happens.
Below are some of the most common types of highway emergencies. With some foresight and awareness, you will likely be able to have a better outcome.
Remain aware at all times
There are few places where maintaining situational awareness is more important than when tooling down the road in your vehicle. Looking ahead to monitor traffic patterns and frequently scanning the lanes on either side of you can alert you to pending stops or hazards.
Watch for “invisible” motorists
Some smaller vehicles, as well as motorcyclists and pedestrians, don’t visibly register to drivers until it is too late. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that nearly 36 percent of collisions involved cars in intersections.
The design of many of today’s vehicles can make it more challenging to see less visible cars, people and bikers. Think of this mnemonic lifesaver when you’re on the road: BLT, or “brake, look and turn.” Look through your side and rear passenger windows to make sure it’s clear.
The danger of panic stops
Slamming on the brakes can cause a car to spin out of control. But when a hazard is ahead, you need to immediately apply the antilock braking systems (ABS). Pressing the brake pedal as hard as you can while attempting to control the steering wheel is key.
Running off the road
Roughly 25 percent of highway fatalities involve only one vehicle, and nearly 70 percent occur when motorists run two tires off the road and over-correct. Cars can then spin off the road and roll over, or hit oncoming traffic.
If you were injured in a New York City auto accident, you might be able to file a claim for compensation.