Two people were transported to the hospital after a collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 South and Old Liberty Church Road in Ohio County last Friday, March 21, 2014. According to the initial investigation, a Dodge Durango driven by James Rowan of Caneyville crossed the centerline and hit a Chrysler PT Cruiser head-on that was driven by Doris Brown of Beaver Dam. Brown was flown to Louisville while Rowan was brought to the Ohio County Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Cautious driving equals safe driving
Driving is more than knowing how to maneuver the car successfully. It also requires knowledge on basic tips, like how to avoid being involved in car accidents. Here is a list of a few things worth remembering as a driver:
- Keep your car in good shape. Nothing beats regular car maintenance to keep your vehicle working at its best.
- Check mirrors. Those mirrors aren’t for checking how you look. Make sure they are positioned so that you have a good view of the road behind you.
- Know your blind spots. Blind spots aren’t for long, huge vehicles alone. Even small cars have at least one. Before moving your car, look around to make sure lanes are clear.
- Avoid late night drives. You have three reasons to not drive during the late night hours. The first reason is road visibility issues. The second reason is exhaustion and drowsiness. The third reason is the possibility of encountering more impaired drivers.
- Never tailgate. Give yourself enough time to execute a sudden maneuver. Maintain your distance from the car in front of you. Double the distance during extreme road conditions, like icy or wet roads.
- Signal other drivers of your intentions. Always us your blinker to signal when you are turning or changing lanes. If you're riding a motorcycle or bicycle, you should use hand signals to let others know that you are about to turn.
- Drive sober. Alcoholic drinks and drugs are deadly when you’re behind the wheel. Stay away from these substances. They impair your judgment, focus and decision-making skills.
- Pay full attention. Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your phone down and avoid playing with the car radio. Keep your eyes on the road, and your hand on the wheel.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind motorists to please always stay alert when driving. It doesn't take long for something unexpected to happen when you're driving. If you're not paying attention, then you could end up in an accident.