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Stay Safe In Connecticut This Summer

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 31, 2019 in Car Accidents

driver using phone on sunny roadThe official start of summer is right around the corner, and the weather’s already starting to heat up. Here are a few tips from D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC to help prevent car accidents and stay safe on the road all summer long.

Before you go:

  • Make sure your tires are in good shape. Hot pavement increases the risk of tire blowouts, especially when you’re on the highway. Check tire tread depth, inflation, and overall wear and tear at the start of the season and periodically during the season.
  • Keep your windshield clean. This is important at any time of year, but it’s especially critical in summer because the days are longer and the sun is brighter. Dirt and streaks can really interfere with visibility under bright light.
  • Distribute cargo evenly. When you’re getting on the road for a vacation or even a day trip, make sure you carefully distribute weight within your vehicle. Uneven loads can increase the risk of a rollover accident.
  • Wear appropriate footwear for driving. By all means, wear your flip flops on the beach, but switch them out for closed-toe shoes when you’re behind the wheel. Flip flops can easily get caught under the pedals.

While you’re on the road:

  • Check twice for bikes. As the weather gets warmer, there will be more bicycles and motorcycles on the road, particularly on sunny days. To avoid causing a collision, look twice before you turn, switch lanes or open your car door.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Distracted driving, particularly cell phone use, is a major risk factor in the summer. In part, that’s because young drivers are out of school, working summer jobs and generally spending more time on the road. Summer travelers also often have multiple talkative passengers and use GPS and other technologies while driving on unfamiliar roads.
  • Keep an eye out for kids. Most Connecticut schools will be out for the summer in the next week or two, which means kids will be out and about seven days a week. Children are always unpredictable, so exert caution when driving anywhere kids might be around, whether you can see them or not.
  • Stay awake and alert. Never underestimate how fatigued you might be during a long road trip or at the end of a day spent outdoors, especially if you’re also losing sleep as the nights get shorter.

If you’re in an accident:

Remember, no matter how safe you are behind the wheel, you can only control yourself and your vehicle. If you’re involved in an accident, your first step should be to make sure the scene is safe. Call the police, remain with your vehicle and exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Be mindful of the heat: if you can still safely run your air conditioner, do so.

Keep in mind what you should and should not say at the scene: you are not in a position to determine fault, and anything you say, even something as benign as “I’m sorry I wasn’t looking,” could be used against you in a potential claim. Stick to the facts of what happened and keep your comments brief.

After calling 911, your next step if you’re injured in a car accident in Connecticut should be to contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC. We’ll protect your legal rights and deal with the insurance company on your behalf while you focus on getting better.

Call (860) 945-6600 to speak with an attorney at our firm.