With the holiday season upon us, it is vital for all drivers in California to be prepared for the time they will spend on the roadways. Proper preparation and planning can help drivers to avoid getting into accidents as they travel for the holiday. When people fail to prepare properly and don’t use proper safe driving methods, accidents that cause injuries or fatalities can occur.
Drivers should make sure that their car is up to par for the trip. This means ensuring it is properly maintained, but it doesn’t end there. Drivers must also ensure that the passengers plus cargo in the vehicle is within the weight limits for the vehicle. It also means ensuring that all cargo is adequately secured and that all occupants of the vehicle are wearing safety belts.
It is imperative that drivers try not to rush. Allowing adequate time to get from one destination to the next can help to minimize risk of getting into an accident because they were in a hurry. Drivers should be sure to check the weather forecast before leaving to go from one place to another so they can be prepared for any precipitation or adverse conditions.
Drivers must always ensure they maintain proper control of their vehicle. This can often prove to be difficult, especially in inclement weather, but it is vital to ensure the safety of everyone on the roadways. Getting distracted while driving can lead to issues for all drivers because of altered reaction times.
Anyone who is injured in an accident this holiday season has the right to seek compensation from the driver who was at fault for the accident. Understanding how to prove fault and knowing how to seek compensation might make the path to financial relief a little easier.
Source: Consumer Reports, “Safe driving tips for Thanksgiving travel” Nov. 18, 2014