Becoming a defensive driver is one of the best ways to stay safe on the road. When you slow down, anticipate mistakes, and put yourself in a position to react quickly, you can often steer clear of danger or stop before a crash.
Doing this is wise, but you should never assume that you can prevent all accidents. Sometimes, there is nothing you can do. It’s still important to understand your options after a crash.
What are examples of unavoidable accidents?
One of the most common types of unavoidable accidents is a rear-end accident when you’re stopped in traffic or at a red light. You may see that the car behind you is not slowing down fast enough, but you cannot drive through the light and into cross traffic, and you may not be able to move to the side. All you can do is brace for the impact.
Intersections are notoriously dangerous, and another risk is when someone runs a red light. Studies have found that there are two of these fatal accidents every day. You may have the green and drive into the intersection, but, if that driver is not paying attention, there’s nothing to actually prevent them from driving through at the same moment. If they’re also speeding, you may not see them coming until the last second, and there’s nothing you can do to get out of the way in time.
If you get injured, you may deserve compensation
It’s important to understand that your safety often lies in the hands of other drivers. If they injure you in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may have a right to compensation for medical bills and other costs.