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Staying Safe While Traveling to Other Cities

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2017

Traveling is an American tradition. Each year, millions of families across the country buckle up and head off to visit family members and friends in other cities and states. For all the excitement, traveling does come with a certain degree of risk. In unfamiliar settings, drivers are more likely to have accidents, and in unfamiliar towns, you may not know who to contact if you are injured. If you intend to go out of town in the coming months, or anytime for that matter, keep reading to learn how you can stay safe and avoid trouble.

Avoiding Car Crashes on Unfamiliar Roads

When traveling, it is important to keep your eyes on the road at all times. Car crashes are the primary danger that a traveler will face during his or her journey. Irresponsible motorists, adverse weather conditions, and heavy traffic are often responsible for accidents, and if you are involved in one, you need to know what to do afterward. If your vehicle collides with another car, be sure to:

  • Immediately contact law enforcement and emergency medical services (if anyone at the site is injured).
  • Do not move your vehicle. Report the other driver if he or she attempts to drive off or move.
  • Take pictures (pictures will come in handy if an officer has difficulty establishing fault).
  • Be sure that insurance information is exchanged before leaving the scene.

It is important to remember to stay at the scene of the accident, even if there are no injuries. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. If you attempt to leave, you could be charged with hit-and-run. To reduce your chances of having a car accident, you should engage in the following driving practices:

  • Drive at a safe speed.
  • Avoid driving during inclement weather.
  • Do not follow other drivers too closely.
  • Pay attention to the road at all times. Distracted driving (driving while texting, eating, reading, etc.) is one of the leading causes of accidents.

By following the tips above, you can keep your family safe and avoid accidents while traveling. Before your trip, it is also wise to perform routine maintenance on your car to ensure it is in good condition.

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Here at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S, we hope you never need a Seattle personal Injury lawyer. But if you do, we will be here to provide you with the guidance and advice you need. Contact our firm today for a free consultation, at (888) 228-3860.

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