Walking After Dark: The Rights of Pedestrians in Nighttime Car Accidents
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Now that the weather is turning, many people, from college students to families are getting ready for a spring vacation. While a spring break road trip can spawn some great, lifelong memories, it can also be quite dangerous if you disregard certain safety precautions. As a top-rated Ohio personal injury firm, the team at KNR have come up with several tips to help you stay safe when you hit the road.
If you or someone you love sustain an injury during a spring break road trip, reach out to the highly skilled Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. You can count on us to investigate your case, ensure your rights are protected, and help you recover any damages you incurred.
Call KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW today to schedule a free, no-risk consultation. There are no up-front costs, and if you do not recover compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
During spring break, highways and roadways become more congested as families and groups of teenagers travel for spring break. By following these safety tips, you can reduce your risk of becoming involved in a spring break car accident.
Before you leave, take the time to thoroughly inspect your vehicle to make sure it’s safe for a long road trip. Check your tires, oil, brakes, windshield wipers, and all other components. You can also visit a trustworthy mechanic who can perform a professional inspection and provide you with some peace of mind before embarking on your trip.
Even if the timeframe for inclement weather in your area has come to an end, an emergency can strike when you least expect it. That’s why it’s important to have an emergency kit in your car before you travel for spring break. The emergency kit should include items like flashlights, jumper cables, extra batteries, a cell phone charger, blankets, a first aid kit, and a properly inflated spare tire.
It can be tempting to check your phone, fumble with your radio controls, eat, drink, and engage in other distractions while you’re driving a long distance to get to your spring break destination. Since distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, you should avoid it at all costs. If you must check your phone or engage in another distraction, wait until you’re at a rest stop or someone else is behind the wheel.
If you’re traveling with friends or family members, it’s a good idea to rotate drivers to avoid drowsy driving. Even if you’re not feeling tired, doing this will give you a chance to re-energize. In the event you are the only driver, be sure to take breaks frequently.
To keep yourself and other motorists safe, do not drink and drive while you are traveling for spring break. Wait until you are all settled into your destination and no longer have to drive before you begin to relax with a drink. Additionally, don’t let any friends and family members drink and drive and use Uber or another ride-sharing service if necessary.
It’s common for spring break road trippers to leave for spring break in the evening so they can arrive at their destination in the morning and enjoy a full day of fun. However, night driving is riskier than daytime driving. If you must drive at night, be sure to drive with a group of other drivers, make frequent stops, and quit driving and rest if you feel sleepy.
If you sustain an injury during a spring break car accident that was not your fault, consult the experienced Ohio car accident lawyers with KNR as soon as possible. We can help you determine liability and may be able to secure compensation for your damages.