don't drink and driveAt Howe & Associates, our personal injury attorneys work with clients involved in car accidents on a daily basis. Our job is to help those who are injured in these accidents to secure the compensation they need to cover medical costs, emotional suffering, and other expenses related to their accident. Still, what we really wish we could do is prevent car accident related injuries altogether. We have seen how reckless and negligent driving can forever alter the life of a client, creating chronic pain or taking away their ability to do the work they love.

One of the easiest ways to lower your chances of being involved in a car accident is by practicing good driving habits. Now that the New Year has arrived, resolve to drive safely in 2016.

#1. Follow the speed limit. Breaking the speed limit is tempting, I am sure we have all done it at some point in our life. But speed is dangerous, and has been found by the National Safety Council to play a role in nearly one third of all car accidents. Slow down in 2016.

#2. Pay Attention. In most states, it is illegal to text while driving. With the rising popularity of smartphones, distracted driving is quickly becoming a leading cause of car accidents. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in accidents caused by a distracted driver and an estimated 421,000 were injured, according to

#3. Buckle Up. We all know that no matter how safely we drive, the driving habits of the people around us could still cause an accident. Because of this, it important to buckle up whenever you are operating a vehicle. If you are involved in a car accident, wearing your seat belt could prevent injury or death.

If you were involved in an automobile accident, a personal injury attorney can help you determine if you qualify for compensation. To learn more about filing a claim, click here or call 404-285-4205 to speak with a lawyer at Howe & Associates Personal Injury Law.