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Summer Road Trip Vehicle Safety Check

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on July 3, 2017

Summer is here, and with it comes extra vacation time for many people. Families, couples, and friends will be hitting the roads, sometimes driving long distances to reach the perfect spot. Of course, increased traffic also means more traffic accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

At Naizby Law, we represent victims of traffic accidents all the time, and the sad reality is that the vast majority of them are preventable. Although Connecticut has laws that protect victims of negligence, we believe it is infinitely preferable to avoid accidents altogether.

Before you get in the car for your summer road trip, think about what you can do to prevent any unwanted mishaps. A little bit of time and money can go a long way to ensuring your holiday is a safe one.

Make Sure You Check…

Consumer Reports has put out a helpful checklist of ten things everybody should do before starting a long car journey.

  • For starters, the beginning of summer is a great time to take your car in for a checkup, especially after surviving another Connecticut winter. Make sure they check the wiper fluid and the wipers themselves, as well as perform an oil change.
  • Another important thing to check is that your battery is properly charged. And speaking of batteries, many drivers now prefer electric vehicles, meaning that before any extended road trip it is necessary to map out your route and ensure there are plenty of charging stations along the way.
  • Two of the leading causes of mechanical failure stem from the tires and the brakes. Poor brake pads or worn disks have been the culprits in many traffic accidents. And bald tires can leave you especially vulnerable when driving in slippery conditions.
  • You’ll also want to be prepared for any unforeseen contingencies. Having extra food and water in the event you get stranded somewhere is always wise, as is having an emergency kit stocked with essentials such as flashlights, flares, a first aid kit, and a toolbox.

All of the above advice goes double if you are travelling with children, and it’s even more necessary that you pack thoughtfully. In addition to games and snacks to help them enjoy the journey, make sure you have any special medications, such as an inhaler or EpiPen, which they might need in an emergency.

Unfortunately, not everyone puts in the same amount of forethought when it comes to safety. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, your only recourse may be to recover all the damages you are owed through litigation. The legal team at Naizby Law has the experience and resources to take on insurance companies and protect victims from negligence. Call (203) 245-8500 today to schedule a free consultation.

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