Car Accident Safety
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we want you to stay safe with the knowledge we have gained from years representing auto accident victims in Washington.
Before you even begin, it is important that you plan out your trip. Determine what route you want to go and have a few back-up options ready in case you encounter bad traffic. It is also important to prepare your vehicle before leaving. Check your tires, including your spare, for proper tread and inflation. This simple inspection can have a great impact on your safety. A car with a blown tire is extremely difficult to control and is an imminent crash risk. You should also check your vehicle’s fluid levels, battery, hoses, and belts. Read the rest »
Planning ahead to avoid driving in Seattle’s winter storms is the best way to avoid a weather-related car accident, but planning your trips around the weather’s whims isn’t always an option. If you must hit the road in winter weather, here are some safe-driving tips you can use to protect yourself and your passengers from a car accident – and the need to call a dedicated Seattle dangerous road car accident attorney.
Here are a few ways to drive more safely in snow, ice, and other winter weather:
- Slow down. Driving more slowly can help prevent your vehicle from slipping on sudden icy or wet patches, allowing you to maintain control and avoid an accident. Let the road conditions, not the speed limit, tell you how fast to drive. Read the rest »
Collision-avoidance technology systems currently exist or are being designed to perform a wide range of tasks – everything from warning drivers if the car drifts out of its lane to automatically checking vehicle tire pressure. Many of the systems use computerized sensors to check on the vehicle’s position, speed, or other factors, then feed the information into a computer that makes calculations and alerts the driver if something isn’t right. Read the rest »
Car accidents affect all too many Washington drivers, and it may feel inevitable that one day, you too will crash. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of an accident, and there are ways to protect yourself after a crash occurs as well.
Take these steps to prepare and protect yourself in case of a car crash include:
- Keep an “accident kit” in your vehicle at all times. Key items to put in your kit include a cell phone, a disposable camera to take photos at the scene, and a pen and paper to take notes, make diagrams, and write down the insurance information of others involved in the crash. Keeping flares, reflectors, or other high-visibility items with you can also help keep you and others safe if a crash occurs in the dark. Read the rest »