Anytime you take your vehicle on a road or highway in NJ, you are at risk of being involved in a serious auto accident. The primary cause of most car accidents in New Jersey is driver negligence. This means that it won’t always be possible to avoid a collision with another vehicle – especially if the other motorist if intoxicated, texting while driving, or otherwise distracted. However, there are still certain things you can do to minimize your chances of being involved in a car accident.
The key to staying safe on the road and avoiding a car accident is to take preventative steps before a crash occurs. Here are a few safety tips for NJ motorists:
Don’t Text While Driving
Distracted driving accidents are on the rise in NJ as more and more motorists use their cell phones and other electronic devices to text, talk, and use the Internet. Although you will likely have easy access to your cell phone while driving, make sure that it is stashed away and do not use the device until you’ve arrived at your destination.
Wear a Seatbelt
This may seem obvious, but the truth is that far too many people fail to buckle up while driving in New Jersey. Wearing your seatbelt could save your life in the event of a head-on collision or any other type of violent crash.
Avoid Driving at Night
If possible, try to stay off the road at night. Night driving accidents can result in violent collisions because motorists may not be able to see you on the roadway until it’s too late. Additionally, drunk driving accidents are more likely to occur at night because motorists will be returning home from bars and restaurants. If you must drive at night, try to stay on well-lit roadways and make sure that you exercise extreme caution.
Pay Attention to Weather Reports
Inclement weather, such as snow, rain, and wind, can make it more difficult for you to maintain control of your vehicle. Additionally, these weather conditions can also make it tougher for you to clearly see other motorists and pedestrians.
Perform Maintenance on Your Vehicle
A defective auto part can cause a catastrophic accident. That’s why you need to make sure that your car is in top-top shape. Have an automotive expert inspect your vehicle and perform regular maintenance, especially if you frequently use the car to travel great distances.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Garber Law can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.