Long Island Drivers: Stay Safe on the Roads This Holiday

The Long Island car accident lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye of Long Island hope that each of our neighbors has a safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a ripe time for vehicular accidents, given the increased amount of traffic on the roads and drinking at holiday parties, not to mention the possibility of snow and ice storms.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the mall to stock up on holiday gifts or you’re heading out on a long trip to visit family members, it’s important to stay alert to the potential hazards on the road. You can reduce the risk of a car accident by following some simple safety precautions. However, if a car accident does occur, Long Island families can contact a lawyer right away to recover damages.

Prepare for a safe trip

Having a safe trip this holiday season requires a little preparation. First, make sure your vehicle is well maintained. Check the treads on your tires and replace them if necessary. Consider investing in some all-season tires or studded snow tires. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and replace your brakes, if needed.

If you’re planning a long road trip, be mindful of one of the most common causes of car accidents: drowsy driving. Plot out your route in advance and find hotels along the way where you can get a full night of sleep. It’s also a good idea to bring along an emergency kit containing road flares, flashlights, blankets, and a first aid kit.

Be mindful of drunk drivers

Car accident lawyers often represent Long Island families who have been the victims of drunk drivers. Although you cannot change someone else’s poor decision making, you can practice defensive driving to protect yourself. Stay alert at all times to any unusual or erratic behavior from other drivers. If you notice a driver behaving recklessly or erratically, keep your distance from that car. Plan an escape route, if necessary, and be prepared to act quickly to move your vehicle away from a collision course.

Navigate icy roads safely

Long Island families are all too familiar of the hazards of driving on snow-covered and icy roads. Even when a road appears clear, black ice can easily cause a car crash. Leave early for your destination and drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between your car and other vehicles. Exercise caution over bridges, elevated highways, and on and off ramps; these areas are more likely to have black ice. If you do start to skid, try to stay calm and avoid slamming your foot on the brake. Avoid jerking the wheel suddenly. Instead, turn in the direction that the rear of your vehicle is sliding. If your car begins to turn in the opposite direction in response, you’ll need to follow suit. Once you’ve regained control, you can steer the car in the right direction.

Long Island head-on collision lawyer

Despite taking safety precautions, far too many families are injured by careless or drunk drivers during the holiday season. If you’ve been injured in a vehicular accident, you do have legal rights and options available to you. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake.

Let the personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye help. When you contact us for your free consultation, our legal team will thoroughly investigate your case and determine who may be held liable for your losses. Call 1-800-469-7429 today for your no-obligation case review.