How to Minimize the Risk of a Motor Vehicle Crash
We all love the summer season. From graduations and family barbecues to outings with friends and road trips, it's one of the most fun seasons of the year. While the summer season is a joyful one, studies and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration support that the summer season is one of the most dangerous due to more cars on the road and an uptick in drunk driving and reckless driving behaviors. Here are some things you can do to stay safer when out and about this summer.
Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape
From checking tire pressure to ensuring your windshield wipers are in proper working order, your vehicle must be able to take on a road trip without breaking down or having a malfunction that could cause an accident. Also check:
- Tire treads
- Oil and fluid levels
- Headlights and backup lights
Keeping up with vehicle inspections can also help detect an issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
It's been proven in many studies that seatbelts save lives, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the most effective way to prevent severe injuries and death during a car crash is to wear a seatbelt.
Don't Drink and Drive
After consuming alcohol, even if you think you are feeling fine, getting behind the wheel can put you, your passengers, and other motorists at risk. Even just one drink can affect your judgment and slow down your reaction time should you have to make a quick driving maneuver to prevent an accident. If you plan on having drinks while you are out this summer, enlist a sober, designated driver to avoid a drunk driving accident.
Staying alert and paying attention to your surroundings can make all the difference in preventing an accident. Driving defensively means cutting out distractions such as texting and driving, not relying on other drivers to make the right decisions and moves, and obeying speed limits and traffic signs.
Involved in a Car Accident? We Can Help.
Most car accidents are preventable, and when someone engages in careless and unsafe driving behaviors that cause you to sustain an injury, it can make it that much more challenging to deal with.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries caused by another's negligent acts, you have the right to pursue compensation and hold them accountable for their actions. We'll be on your side every step of the way and support you through a difficult time.