Once you get behind the wheel and buckle up, you may believe that there is little more that you can do to ensure your safety in a car accident. After all, you are at the mercy of road conditions, weather, and other drivers who may not be as conscientious a driver as you are. But there are other things you can do to maximize your safety on the road. Since even a minor accident can cause major injuries, keep these simple tips in mind before you pull out of your driveway:
Check your brakes. As many as five percent of car crashes in the United States each year are caused by brake failure. Check your brake fluid routinely, always investigate braking issues immediately, and replace your brakes periodically.
Inspect your tires. Make sure you are always aware of what is happening where the rubber meets the road. Inspect your tires for punctures, uneven wear, embedded nails, and any other damage. Have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles and replace them every 50,000 miles or sooner.
Check your lights. Inspect for cracked, broken, or dirty reverse lights, headlights, taillights, and turn signal lights. Also make sure your headlights are properly aligned.
Make sure turn signals are operating. Changing lanes on the roadway without being able to signal can be the cause of a major accident.
Check seat belts. You will certainly be safer on the road if you are wearing a properly functioning seat belt. In New Jersey alone, approximately 132 unrestrained drivers and passengers are fatally injured in car crashes ever year.
Check baby seats. Look for wear and tear of baby seats, make sure they are properly secured, and check to see if your baby’s car seat has been the subject of a recall.
A car accident can turn your life upside down. You may need a long period of recovery, and you may endure a long period of pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a car accident, please call the New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100. You can also contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.