Much like most things for our cars, we take our tires for granted until they stop working. There’s nothing worse than enjoying a road trip, only to feel a sick rumble from under your car. Now you’re stranded, and miles away from civilization, and that’s the best case scenario for your tires giving out. The busted tire could lead to an auto accident with another vehicle. What could you have done to prevent this? We’ve put together the top three things to check for in your tires before you hit the road. Whether it’s for a long drive to a vacation spot, or just the every commute to your job.
When a defective car causes an accident, identifying the specific problem can be a difficult process. Legal and automotive professionals must become part of this journey to target the responsible parties.
The seller or manufacturer named in defective care lawsuits will always have legal representation. Therefore, the injured person should also consider hiring an attorney for the best chances to recovery financial losses.
Buckling your seatbelt is the most important protection in a vehicle. New cars have many of the features listed here. They are worth seeking when buying an older car also.
Most airbag systems detect the presence, seat position, and weight of drivers and front-seat passengers. Side airbags protect the torso. Most new models have side curtain airbags.
Antilock Brake Systems
ABS allows drivers to retain steering control when braking. The system prevents front tires from sliding particularly on surfaces that are slippery.
Parents with small children should take extra precaution when driving. This includes the use of child restraint systems and proper placement of car seats so a small child can be a safe and comfortable passenger. Here are some important facts and details to consider:
- Accidents involving motor vehicles is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3 and 14 years old.
- The use of child safety seats reduces the risk of death in passenger cars by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years and 71% for infants.
- All children ages 12 and under should ride in the back seat. Riding in the back seat can reduce the risk of serious injury for children 16 and under by about 40%. When a child sits in the backseat this eliminates the injury risk of deployed air bags. Additionally, children are placed in the safest part of the vehicle in the event of a crash.
- Children are recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to use booster seats until they are 8 years old or 4’9″ tall.