It is crucial to practice safe driving habits every time you get behind the wheel, even if it is a short trip to work or running errands around town
Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) October 06, 2012
Syracuse car accident lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb today expressed support for a nationwide effort to educate commuters about auto accident dangers.
“Dealing with the aftermath of serious car accidents in my practice, I am reminded every day that not following basic traffic safety rules can have devastating consequences,” Gottlieb said. He represents victims of auto accidents with the law firm of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, in Syracuse.
Gottlieb endorsed the efforts of the 16th Annual Drive Safely Work Week to encourage safer driving practices. The annual event is sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, and its theme this year is “Back to Basics: Your Keys to Safe Driving.” Each day of the week emphasizes an important safe driving rule, such as seat belt use, avoiding drunk and fatigued driving, not driving while distracted, focusing on safety while parking and reversing and following fundamental safe driving practices.
Gottlieb said he believes that “drivers become complacent, especially people who have been driving for a long time. They stop paying attention and become passive. They think an accident can never happen to them. The reality is, crashes can happen in a split second, and if you don’t follow basic driving safety tips, then your chances of an accident can increase significantly.”
The average American drives between 12,000 and 15,000 miles each year, and a significant portion of this travel involves commuting to and from work or other work-related driving. Reaching these drivers and reminding them about traffic safety can help reduce traffic accidents during the busiest commuting times, Gottlieb said.
“Americans need to be conscious and aware of how they are driving every time they get into a car,” Gottlieb said. “Only 1 percent of all accidents occur more than 50 miles from home, with more than half occurring within five miles. This means it is crucial to practice safe driving habits every time you get behind the wheel, even if it is a short trip to work or running errands around town.”
Even the safest drivers can still fall victim to other motorists’ recklessness, according to Gottlieb. “In my experience, most car accidents happen because someone was not doing what they were supposed to. When a driver ignores the principles of safe driving and engages in dangerous behaviors like driving while distracted or impaired, serious accidents can result,” he said.
If another driver injures you through negligent driving, a Syracuse car accident lawyer can assist you in recovering compensation for injuries. “Car accident lawsuits serve as an important deterrent against dangerous driving because drivers know their insurance rates will go up and their assets may be at risk,” Gottlieb said. Car accident lawsuits also help to ensure that innocent victims are not left uncompensated for financial and non-economic losses following a crash.
“Of course, no amount of money can ever make up for the pain of an injury or for the loss of a loved one in a car crash. That is why programs like Drive Safely Work Week are so important. If even one crash can be prevented, the efforts are a success,” Gottlieb said.
About Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates
Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, handles all types of Syracuse personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats. The firm also represents clients in actions for wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. In 2008, the firm reached the $100-million mark in combined lifetime verdicts and settlements. Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, features a nearby office in Syracuse at One Lincoln Center, Syracuse, NY 13202 (local phone number (315) 314-5390) and serves clients in Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Elmira, Watertown and surrounding areas. For more information, call the firm toll free (800) TALK-LAW or use its online contact form.