The first thing that we as a community must do is to hold those who consistently violate our highway laws accountable. Additionally, it is important for the general public to understand that car wrecks are usually not “accidents.” As we said earlier, the majority of car crashes are caused by someone being careless and thereby needlessly endangering other motorists and pedestrians. Here are some common sense Rules of the Road that we are required to follow:
- A driver must always keep a proper look out for other vehicles.
- A driver must always operate his/her vehicle at a safe and proper speed.
- A driver must yield the right of way when entering a roadway.
- A driver must keep his car or truck in his/her lane of travel unless it is safe to move out of your lane.
- A driver must not pass another vehicle unless it is safe to do so taking into consideration all of the factors present on the roadway.
- A driver must keep a safe distance between his/her vehicle and the vehicle in front of them.
There are many other rules of the road that we must follow every time we get behind the wheel of a car or truck. It is easy to ignore these basic and common-sense rules. However, when drivers violate these rules they needlessly endanger the public. The cost of these violations can be seen on the front page of the paper every week when we read about a serious injury or death resulting from a motor vehicle collision.