At the Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping the victims of car accidents seek justice, but we are equally passionate about preventing accidents from occurring in the first place. In this respect, there are some important steps that every New Mexico driver should be taking in order to reduce the risk of being involved in a potentially deadly car accident. Although these steps will not guarantee that an individual will avoid collisions, they can make one’s ride a great deal safer. In fact, drivers who are parents may want to adhere to the advice that follows in order to avoid a serious injury to their child or children.
First and foremost, it is vital that all drivers maintain the safe operating condition of their vehicles. For example, old tires are a source of numerous car accidents, so drivers should always make a point of regularly checking their tires for signs of wear, nails, punctures and other issues — especially before taking a long trip. Indeed, having properly maintained tires will ensure that drivers can stop quickly, avoid accidents and not have sudden flat tire that causes an accident. Other areas of automotive maintenance, like brakes, clean windshields, airbags, turn signals and headlights are equally important to maintain.
Being careful when driving on country roads will help drivers avoid unexpected turns, twists and other hazards. For example, one should scan the road ahead and never try to pass another vehicle unless one is certain that the way is absolutely clear. Also, it is best to try to maintain a speed that allows sufficient time for stopping in the event of an unforeseen obstacle and to avoid the “fast lane.” Most accidents happen to cars that are driving in the fast lane.
The above are just a few ways that drivers can stay safe while operating their motor vehicles on New Mexico roadways. Above all else, New Mexico drivers — especially parents who have children in the car — should remember that common sense is always the best defense. Finally, if a serious injury does occur, due to no fault of the victim’s own, the injured party may be able to pursue justice in a civil court of law.
Source: edmunds.com, “Top 10 Editors’ Tips to Prevent a Car Accident”, Caroline Pardilla, Accessed on April 2, 2015