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Orange County Accident Attorney’s Top Eight Tips For Avoiding Commuter Traffic Accidents

Rush hour means traffic.  If you are an Orange County commuter, it is likely that you deal with high traffic levels on a daily basis.  With all the cars on the road, you are at an increased risk of being injured in an Orange County traffic accident.  But, you can reduce your risk of injury by being a defensive driver.   The Orange County accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie offer these tips for avoiding California commuter traffic accidents:

1. Plan for traffic.  Know there will be delays and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
2. Even when traffic is heavy, to maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles.  Avoiding tailgating gives you plenty of reaction time if something unexpected happens. The ideal distance in two to three car lengths, but you will need more room if the weather is bad. 
3. Don't accelerate too quickly, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic.  When traffic is stop and go, accelerating quickly can cause you to rear-end the car in front of you.  This will cause even more delays.
4. If a driver is exhibiting unsafe behavior, move out of their way - even if this means letting him get ahead of you.  Many drivers deal with long commutes by talking on their cell phones, putting on make-up, even reading the newspaper. These distractions can cause accidents.  So if you see a driver weaving in and out of his lane, get out of the way.
5. Avoid distractions.  Talking on the phone, texting, adjusting your GPS, even tuning the radio can take your attention off the road. When you are in congested traffic, you need to pay attention.  Traffic may suddenly slow or speed up and if you aren't moving with it, you may be hit. 
If you need something to do while stuck in traffic, choose one radio station or book on CD at the beginning of your trip and stick to it. Leave your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
6. Avoid unnecessary lane changes and signal before changing lanes.
7. Mind your manners.   Other driver's may not be courteous, but you can prevent road rage accidents by letting your irritations go and avoiding rude acts (such as cutting off other drivers) or gestures. If a driver is angry, give them plenty of space and avoid eye contact.
8. Keep your car well-maintained and avoid driving on "empty".
If you are in a traffic accident, download our free guide: 7 Mistakes That Could Sabotage Your Accident Claim. This book will help you avoid common mistakes that can reduce your California accident settlement.
To discuss your claim with an Orange County accident attorney, contact Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596. The initial consultation is free.

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