Posted on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 12:10 am
As autumn approaches, the days get shorter, and the temperature begins to drop. These factors, in combination with heavier holiday traffic, can contribute to an increase in vehicle accidents in the fall. Each year, hundreds of people are injured in accidents around the nation as a result of the changing seasons. With a few simple steps, you can avoid being involved in such an accident and can protect both yourself and your loved ones.
Be Aware of External Conditions
There are many factors outside of your vehicle that can be dangerous to any driver who is not paying attention. One such factor might be the weather conditions. As the temperatures begin to get cooler, frozen precipitation and black ice on the roads become more common. These conditions may be hazardous to drivers who are not actively avoiding them.
Another external factor that may present a hazard is the shortened days. As Daylight Saving Time ends, the sun sets earlier, and the roads become dark. There are several ways you can prepare for the shorter days of autumn. Be sure that your vehicle’s headlights are in proper condition, both your regular lights and your brights, so that you will be able to see clearly at night. It’s also important that you visit your optometrist to ensure your vision is in the best condition for driving at night.
With the approach of major holidays, the flow of traffic between cities and across the country is greatly increased. In order to allow for the heightened number of motorists on the road, it’s important to remain fully aware and alert as you drive this fall.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
While external factors may contribute to a motor vehicle accident, there are several practices you can engage in as you get behind the wheel this autumn that can help keep you safe. One important thing to do is to remain alert at all times. There are a few things that may distract you from focusing on the road. Some examples include:
- Drowsy driving: operating a motor vehicle requires focus. If you have not had the proper amount of sleep, you’re putting not only yourself in danger but the other motorists with whom you share the road.
- Distracted driving: driving without focusing on the road can be very dangerous. Things like cell phone use, looking at GPS navigation, and talking to passengers can all be distracting to a driver and potentially hazardous to others on the road.
- Drunk/drugged driving: not only is driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol dangerous, but it’s also against the law. Those who drive under the influence experience blurred vision, impaired judgment, and loss of depth perception, which can be very dangerous.
Keep Your Vehicle Properly Maintained
There are several important steps you can take to make sure your vehicle is functioning properly this autumn. One important safety measure is to check your windshield wipers. With more frequent precipitation, it’s important to have your windshield wipers installed and functioning correctly so that you can have clear visibility at all times.
Another safety measure you can take is to check your tires. You’ll want to make sure the tread on your tires has not worn down, as this can make driving on slippery surfaces hazardous. It’s also important to check your tire pressure. Cooler temperatures can affect the pressure of your tires, so you’ll want to use a tire pressure gauge to make sure the psi (pounds per square inch) of your tires match the recommended amount listed on the sticker inside the driver’s side door or in the driver’s manual.
What to Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, there are several important things you can do. First, call for medical attention if you need it. Also, call the authorities and report the accident. Take pictures of the scene, including any injuries you sustain and your damaged property. Avoid talking to anyone at the scene more than is necessary, except to exchange insurance information. Finally, call The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs to connect with one of our attorneys and discuss your motor vehicle accident case.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you know how difficult it can be to go through the process of gathering evidence, communicating with the other involved parties, and building a compelling vehicle accident case.
Luckily, the Lakewood personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs are more than prepared to help you pursue the compensation to which you’re entitled. Call The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs today at (253) 588-6696 to discuss your circumstances. We’ll help you determine the best course of action as you pursue the justice you deserve.