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Being Safe During Summer Road Trips

By DiBella Law Offices on July 11, 2017

A Boston Globe report indicates that traffic fatalities on Massachusetts roadways are rising.

In 2016, there were 399 reported deaths from motor vehicle accidents in the State. The National Safety Council says there were approximately 13% more accidents than in 2015, and 15% more than in 2014. A combination of factors is believed to be contributing, including an improved economy, low fuel prices, and increased traffic among commuting workers and vacationers. Nationwide, there were slightly over 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2016, the most since 2007.

During the summer, remember to take safety measures, particularly prior to long road trips.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection

  • Check the fluids that maintain your car. These include motor oil, transmission, brake, power steering fluid, windshield wash, antifreeze, and coolant. The levels of all these fluids can be measured by you yourself. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual and look for the under-hood illustration that shows the locations.
  • Inspect your tires. Tires should have adequate tread depth, and the air pressure should be tested and inflated accordingly. Make sure you have the necessary tire replacement equipment onboard and that the spare tire is in good condition.
  • Take care of cooling. The cooling system is vital during the warm summer months. With the vehicle running, inspect the radiator hoses to make sure they are in good condition and that no coolant is leaking (which may appear as steam).
  • Test all lights including headlights, turn signals, and hazards.
  • Replace windshield wiper blades, on average each year, as the harsh winter months subject them to significant wear.

Emergency Equipment and Safety Items

The following is a list of safety items to take on lengthy car trips:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Road flares
  • Basic tools including vehicle jack, screwdriver, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Drinking water

Best Practices During Your Trip

  • Avoid traveling at excessive speeds, especially in heavier traffic.
  • If you become drowsy, it is best to pull the car over and rest until refreshed.
  • Take notice of your car’s dashboard indicator lights, such as the one that signals “check engine.”
  • Limit usage of mobile devices and other distractions that can lead to accidents.
  • Always remember to wear your seat belt.

Unfortunately, the Massachusetts roadways are frequently traveled by motorists who ignore traffic signs, are using mobile devices, or are under the influence. The attorneys with DiBella Law Offices, P.C., can help you seek justice by pursuing financial recovery from those whose negligent acts led to your severe injuries. Contact us today at (781) 262-3338 for a complimentary consultation.

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