As an experienced driver, you feel good about your ability to put your car in drive and safely take to the road.

While experience is a good thing, anyone can suffer an injury in a motor vehicle accident. It doesn’t have to be your fault. Another driver could make a mistake that causes your injury.

There are a variety of safety steps you can take to protect yourself, all before you ever move an inch.

  • Inspect your vehicle: For example, make sure your tires are in good shape and your windshield wipers are functioning as designed.
  • Put on your seat-belt: There is no two ways about it. Seat-belts are proven to save lives. Not to mention the fact that neglecting to wear a seat-belt can result in a hefty fine.
  • Adjust your controls: From your radio to your climate to your GPS, make sure your vehicle controls are exactly where you want them to be.
  • Make sure your passengers are ready: You’re not the only one at risk in an accident. You’re also responsible for your passengers. Make sure they’re ready, such as by checking to ensure that your children are strapped into their seats.

When you take these steps, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to safely reach your destination.

Should a negligent driver cause an accident, such as the result of texting or driving while under the influence, move to safety and call for help.

Once you receive treatment, understand your injuries and have an idea of your recovery plan, file an insurance claim and consider other options for holding the driver responsible.