If you’ve been reading our blog for some time now, you’ve probably read quite a few posts about avoiding accidents. The truth is that no matter how much you prepare, you just can’t expect the unexpected. That might be why some of the leading safety experts offer advice like “know your bike,” to motorcyclists who are first getting on the road. Many of the common mistakes made by doctors, could be readily avoided with a little more care. If so many problems are preventable, why is it that avoiding accidents seems like an afterthought for so many teams? After all, accidents can be expensive.
Lawyers often talk about damages, a way of measuring the impact of injury. Not all accidents cause property damage, however. Some injuries (like being defrauded) are often purely about the money. Other injuries (like pain and suffering) can be harder to evaluate. While not every accident involves every type injury, many accidents involve completely avoidable injury. Some lawyers specialize in researching accidents and damages exclusively. These attorneys are often known as ‘personal injury lawyers,’ and they have a rich and storied history.
So why is avoiding accidents so difficult?
Often times, our behaviors and decisions are the product of a long series of choices. There are very situations in life where you’ll be presented with an opportunity to chose the consequences of your behavior.
While you may not have chosen to wake up late in the morning, the decision to wake up late might mean that you’re in a rush to get out of the door. As you race out of the house, you might forget to check the air pressure of your car’s tires because they were fine yesterday, and you’re late. It’s early, and the roads are still cold, so you make it into the office just fine, and slip into your routine and start to catch up.
It’s a busy day. There are meetings in the morning, an avalanche of email on the lunch hour and by the end of it, you’re ready to go home. You get into your car and move towards I-25, as you’re accelerating and merging onto the interstate, you hear a loud pop and your car begins to slow as you can feel the trucks and trailers whipping past you.
You could have avoided the whole situation by going to bed a half hour earlier. Thinking back to the night before, you try and remember why you didn’t.
That’s the problem with avoiding accidents. We make decisions in the moment using the best information we have available–at the time. The trouble is, time marches forward. Situations change. Things we have previously taken for granted fail us. That’s why the secret to avoiding accidents is dilligence.
When you get into a car, you have a responsibility to operate your vehicle in a way that keeps the other drivers on the roads, safe. Parents have a responsibility to protect their children. Teachers have a responsibility to care for their students. Employers should be expected to do all they can to keep their employees safe. When they don’t, professionals are always ready to step up to the plate.
We all have a responsibility to be diligent.