With the spring coming up, many drivers will take to the roads, going from one destination to the other. In Long Island, this could mean a trip to the beach or to the city for some fun. However, one thing that is often overlooked is vehicle maintenance and how important it can be for your safety.
When vehicles are not properly maintained, there is a heightened risk of a car accident occurring. Unfortunately, this can have serious consequences, including catastrophic injuries. Before you take to the road, be sure to follow these maintenance tips.
Check Your Brakes to Ensure There’s No Wear and Tear
Imagine driving down the road, trying to come to a stop, but your brakes don’t work. What do you do? Far too often, brakes fail either due to manufacture error or simply because drivers don’t properly check them to ensure they’re safe.
Failure to maintain your brakes means you have less chance of stopping when you need to, such as when going down a steep hill or approaching traffic. When your brakes fail, it can be you who is at fault for an accident, and you may sustain serious injuries as a result.
Check Your Tires for Tread Wear
If you use a penny, you can check the tread of your vehicle to determine if it’s low—simply point Lincoln’s head down and put the penny into the tread. If you can see the entire head on the penny, it’s time to replace the tires.
If you bought a used tire—or a new tire which was actually used—it could cause potential problems with the tread, including tread separation. If something happens, the tire can blowout completely, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
When you’ve been the victim of a crashed caused by someone else’s failure to maintain, you have rights to file a lawsuit. Our Long Island car accident lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way to help you pursue the compensation and justice you deserve.
Trust in O2 Law to guide you through the process, explaining your rights, and protecting your best interests in a time when you need us the most.