A crash on Highway 288 at West Orem in the early morning hours of Friday, May 3, left one woman dead and two others injured. The Southbound vehicle had gone off on to the grassy shoulder and over corrected, causing the SUV to roll several times. Houston Police Department officers reported that firefighters had to cut three adults from their vehicle. One female in the SUV was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, the other two passengers in the vehicle were left with minor injuries. Southbound traffic on Highway 288 was backed up from approximately 2 – 6 AM. Driving on a busy highway, especially in metropolitan areas such as around Houston can be potentially dangerous. In order to keep yourself and your passengers safe, there are things every driver should know. 1. Always be awake, aware and buckle up. Most states have seatbelt restraint laws and Texas is no different. Keeping everyone buckled up decreases injuries and helps prevent needless tragedy. 2. Be focused on your driving. Always be aware of what is in front of, behind and around you at all times. Adjust your rear view and side view mirrors before setting out. 3. Maintain a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you. When changing lanes, make certain that you have enough clearance. 4. Travel at a safe speed and give yourself ample room to stop. 5. Avoid distracted driving. That means stay off the cellphone, stop messing with the radio and try not to eat while driving. Yes, it may be inconvenient to pull off the road and stop for these things during your journey, but it is far safer if you do. 6. Make sure you have a good spare tire and a jack with you in case you get a flat. It is also good to have a warning triangle with you to indicate to other drivers that you are stopped. 7. Pay attention to all road signs. Obey the directions of all signs and always be on the lookout for drivers who may have ignored their traffic signs or pedestrians who may be unaware of their surroundings. 8. Use your turn signals to indicate turns or lane changes. Indicating your intent can help prevent accidents. Even in the best cases, however, accidents can happen. If you have been in a serious car accident where injuries or even fatalities have been involved, it is a good idea to have legal representation. After the an accident, dealing with the property damage, insurance claims, medical expenses and even the tragic loss of a loved one can mean significant expense, pain and suffering. If you have been in an accident, give our offices a call. We will talk to you about your specific case and how to best address your needs.