With so much technology in the world keeping us updated and tuned in with work events and on-the-fly news, we’re more vested that ever in the information that comes our way. From traffic updates during our travels, to breaking news nationwide and internationally, to text alerts as part of an emergency crisis dissemination plan, to Amber Alerts that come as standard feature on our phones, we know how important it is to stay engaged in order to avoid causing further accidents. The more knowledge we have, the better. The old adage is true: knowledge really is power.
Staying safe on the road and in our lives means everything when it comes to accident prevention, and apps and devices allow us to be even more in-tune while cautioning us to stay away from activity that could result in further disaster. For instance, the Department of Safety in most states allows you to follow them on Twitter, or sign up for instant text alerts on your phone. These texts and notices of construction or accidents can makes all the difference between your driving right into an accident, versus planning an alternate route to get from Point A to Point B. No one wants to be a part of a lengthy traffic jam that will only lead to thin nerves, intense arguments, and short fuses. Many universities and schools have implemented a text feature that lets parents and students know of school delays, road and school closures, or a crisis on campus such as the Virginia Tech shooting that occurred several years ago. And, Amber Alerts, while always sad when we receive them, have saved many, many children from injury, kidnapping and death.
If you have not yet implemented these devices and forms of alert on your phone or computer, what are some additional ways you can get started to protect yourself against impending injury or death?
- Subscribe to RSS feeds and text alerts on your phone and on your computer. Search for such sites like Amber Alert or the Department of Transportation in your state. Begin following them on social media platforms and pay attention when you do receive something in your inbox or on your screen.
- Pay attention to the actual message: is there a road closure on the road coming up ahead? Is there an accident on a major interstate? Never take chances when it comes to your safety when there is to find an alternate route and stay out of harm’s way.
- Stay out of the way and do what you are told. Keep calm. Offer helpful information but refrain from being a part of the action unless your professional capacity allows you to do so.
Despite the precautions we take to stay safe and keep our families safe, accidents occur because someone else failed to do their job. If you have been injured by someone else, or know someone who has been injured or lost a family member or friends as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’ll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you enlist your New York attorney to assist you with your case.