At Morici, Longo & Associates, we have a strong focus on safety and helping individuals avoid serious harm, especially one the busy roads. In Chicago, where car accidents occur far too often, it’s important to know what can be done to help keep you and any passengers in your vehicle safe.
Before you get behind the wheel, these are a few things you can do that will help you travel the roads safely.
Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Maintained
Vehicle maintenance is often overlooked, and it can go a long way in keeping drivers safe on the road. Maintenance can include a number of different things, including the following:
- Checking the brakes
- Checking tire pressure
- Ensuring wipers are not worn down
- Checking fluids—including oil
- Ensuring steering system is working correctly
- Checking your battery
These are just a few of the things that you can do on your own to make sure your vehicle is safe. They don’t take long to do, and they go a long way to protecting all passengers in your vehicle. Even more, they prevent your vehicle from experiencing too much wear and breaking down.
Plan Your Routes Carefully
You should know which areas are most dangerous, when streets and highways are busy, and plan accordingly. Also, by planning ahead, you can identify any delays such as accidents on the road, closures, and more. This can help you avoid traffic areas where accidents may be more likely.
Remember “Defensive Driving”
When people say to drive defensively, it means to pay close attention to all those vehicles around you. While you may feel that you are a good and safe driver, not everyone on the road is like you and they may present a number of dangers.
To drive defensively, remember the following:
- Leave enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you
- Always check your blind spots when merging lanes and look for other vehicles trying to merge into the same lane
- Only pass to the left of the vehicle ahead of you
- Consider the conditions of the road as certain speeds could make these worse
At Morici, Longo & Associates, we understand how important safety is. You should take the necessary steps to ensure you are avoiding disaster as much as possible. Unfortunately, despite your own efforts on the road, there are some situations where accidents are unavoidable.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers are committed to helping you if you’ve sustained an injury as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. If another driver doesn’t take the safety of you and others on the road seriously, they deserve to be held accountable for their actions.
Call us today at (312) 779-0366 to discuss your potential case.