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Safe driving practices for the spring and summer

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Now that winter is officially over, many here in Oregon are probably looking forward to being more active as the days become warmer and longer. As evidence of this, you will most likely notice a higher level of both motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic on and around many of the state’s roadways in the weeks and months ahead. While this increase in activity is positive for both personal health and many elements of the economy, it can also present a greater risk of being involved in an accident.  

As a safe driver, you are probably aware that an increased level of alertness will be necessary during many of your upcoming travels this spring and summer. Sadly, even the most vigilant of motorists can still become a victim of a motor vehicle accident at any time due to another party’s reckless or negligent actions. There are, however, some safe driving practices that you can implement to significantly reduce the odds of an unfortunate incident becoming a reality.  

Specific tips to create a safe driving environment 

There are a handful of things you can do before you even leave your home to lessen your chances of ending up in harm’s way while out on the roadways, including the following: 

  • Stash a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle in preparation for the bright days ahead. 
  • Check your tire pressure and restore it to normal levels if needed. 
  • Replace your windshield wipers if they are no longer efficient.  

Once behind the wheel of your vehicle, there are also a multitude of measures you can take to increase your safety as well, such as: 

  • Slow down during inclement weather: Wet pavement is a contributing factor in many motor vehicle accidents every year. 
  • Remain alert near construction zones: In the months following winter, there is typically an increased presence of construction vehicles and workers on or in very close proximity to the roads. 
  • Proceed with caution when close to pedestrian traffic: This can also include many bicyclists who will be eager to get out and take advantage of the nicer days. 

In the event that the unthinkable still happens and you suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, there is professional help and support readily available to you. By filing a personal injury claim in an Oregon civil court, you can pursue the maximum amount of compensation to which you have a right, which can help cover many of your unfortunate medical expenses and offset any lack of income from being unable to perform your job duties. 

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