Vehicle safety should be at the top of your priority list when it comes to keeping your passengers safe while on the road. In other words, maintaining a safe vehicle and remembering to drive safely, no matter what distractions may happen around you. It may be the best way to limit your chances of needing a personal injury lawyer.
Compiled by the Tatum Law Firm, the following general tips for vehicle safety are mostly common sense and you may find yourself practicing these habits already. If not, start doing so immediately.
Wearing a seatbelt is required by law, regardless of where you are driving. There are great risks that come without one, not to mention hefty fines. On a safety level, there is very little reason to not wear a seatbelt. If you are involved in a major crash, the seatbelt is often the only thing preventing catastrophic injury. Many driving fatalities could have been avoided if the seatbelt had been securely fastened.
Depending on where you live, driving may be stressful and full of traffic headaches. Whether you experience road congestion or the acts of negligent drivers, accidents are sometimes just unavoidable; however, if you watch your own driving habits, you should be safe from most worries.
Let other cars pass if they are driving excessively fast, and always observe speed limits wherever you are. Small efforts like this can have a profound impact on the severity of a potential accident.
Any small issue with your vehicle needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. You simply cannot afford an engine check or oil change resulting in injury to yourself or others. By that same token, you should always perform regular maintenance on your vehicle, taking it in for checkups every few thousand miles, as specified by the manufacturer.
Many personal injury cases involving car accidents are made worse by items in the car itself. For example, trash and other loose items can fly about on impact, sometimes causing injury to drivers or passengers. Additionally, if sharp objects are thrown loose during an accident, personal injuries can be extensive and you may be liable. As a result, it is always best to keep your car free of clutter.
Not only will a clean car make you look good, it could also keep a minor accident from turning into a major personal injury lawsuit.
Immediately following a car accident, you should check the passengers of your car (or other parties involved) to make sure no major injuries have been sustained. You then will need to exchange information and file an incident report. In the days afterward, have yourself checked by a doctor before deciding on whether or not to file a personal injury claim.
If you do decide to press forward with a lawsuit or would like to better explore your options, contact a representative at the Tatum Law Firm today. Our attorneys have years of experience handling car accident cases and we can do the same for you.
For more information on how vehicle safety can impact a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer at the Tatum Law Firm today.