National Courtesy Month. Let’s Talk About Traffic

August is National Courtesy Month. This is an excellent time to consider your driving habits and make adjustments to help keep everyone on the road safer. However, even safe drivers can fall victim to the negligent behavior of others. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our Austin or San Antonio office for a free case review to learn more about your options.

Traffic in and around Austin can be incredibly frustrating. The average commuter in Austin spends around 83 hours every year just sitting in traffic. Unfortunately, in our spread-out city, driving is necessary for many residents. This has led to traffic in Austin rivaling New York and Los Angeles.

Heavy traffic provides an opportunity to be courteous to your fellow drivers. This may include:

  • Allowing extra space between yourself and the car in front of you
  • Avoiding aggressive actions like tailgating or horn honking
  • Using turn signals and double-checking before turning or changing lanes
  • Following the flow of traffic and staying to the right unless passing
  • Muting and placing your cellphone out of reach

Using a cellphone while stuck in traffic may seem like a suitable way to pass the time, but research has found that even casual cellphone use, while stopped, can increase risks of distraction while moving. Your best bet is always to put your phone on mute and place it out of reach to help avoid this particular distraction.

Paying attention to the road is vital. Even a moment of inattention can result in serious or fatal injury to yourself and others. On the other hand, by focusing on driving and working to remain courteous, you may be able to avoid an accident or reduce its severity through proper reaction.

Victims Deserve Justice

As the victim of a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Meeting with one of our attorneys for a free case review is a great way to learn about your rights and options.

If you require legal assistance, please call Shaw Cowart at 512-499-8900 and schedule your complimentary case review today. We have offices in Austin and San Antonio. We serve all nearby areas of Texas.

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