Summer is the busiest driving season of the year, no matter where you live. With the kids out of school and the adults taking time off to enjoy the warm weather, expect a lot of congestion on highways over the next couple of months. You should also expect more accidents, which are almost unavoidable due to the sheer amounts of traffic. That doesn’t mean you have to be involved in one, however. There are many simple driving tips you can keep in mind that will help you to avoid collisions and run-ins this summer, and our attorneys at the McMahan Law Firm want to teach them to you.
Based in Chattanooga and with a second office in Knoxville, the McMahan Law Firm has been an industry leader in the area for years, and we see car accident cases all the time. In particular, we see how many lives a car accident can ruin, and we want to ease that number. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads this summer.
Wear A Seatbelt
In most states, buckling up is mandatory and can lead to some very hefty fines, so even if it’s a little uncomfortable, suck it up and put on your seatbelt. After all, wearing one will not only save you a lot of money, but it could also prove to be the determining factor in car accident fatalities. Regardless of who you are, set a good example for those around you and buckle up as soon as you get in the car.
Stay Alert And Drive Carefully
You must always stay alert to avoid a car accident. That being said, this is often easier said than done, and when you have a whole family you need to corral at the same time, keeping your eyes on the road can be difficult. You therefore will always want to monitor your own driving first, and if you ever feel tired, plan breaks to help energize you.
Along the same lines, always keep abreast of what’s happening around you. This includes watching other cars carefully, only passing when absolutely safest to do so and yielding right of way whenever possible.
Get Your Car Checked
A car’s internal issues cause far too many accidents considering how easy it is to catch most of these problems. When planning long road trips, it is therefore very important that you get your car looked at to see if there are any outstanding issues (i.e. oil change, etc.) that should be resolved sooner rather than later. Though not a driving tip per se, more often than not regular maintenance is the safest thing of all.
What If You Are In A Car Accident?
You followed these tips and were driving carefully, but you still got into a car accident anyway. It’s a headache, but as long as everyone is physically fine, you should be able to move on with your life. If you or one of your family members has suffered an injury, however, you might be owed cash damages. If you are curious about what to do with a recent car accident case, speak with one of our representatives at the McMahan Law Firm to see how we can help.