As Massachusetts begins to re-open, more people will gas up and take to the roads and highways. Anticipating a higher volume of traffic, the Governors Highway Safety Association has put out a call for all motorists to be careful.
The top official at the GHSA told Transportation Today News that many drivers have become a little rusty after stay-at-home advisories due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is a good time to review safe driving habits.
What causes car accidents?
The following are some of the main causes of car accidents:
- Driver distraction, including texting and driving or using a smartphone to check social media
- Drunk driving
- Driving recklessly
- Falling asleep while driving
To reduce the risk of crashing, obey speed limits, signs and traffic signals. Before driving, check your vehicle to ensure it is mechanically sound. Check the lights and blinkers. Look for any signs of fluid leaks under the car. Make sure the tires are properly inflated.
The reopening of states means more people will be driving to restaurants and bars. Because of the health pandemic, some people may avoid using public transportation and rideshare services. According to a recent IBM Institute of Business Value analysis, about one-quarter of respondents said they would rely exclusively on their personal vehicles for transportation.
What are common injuries in car accidents?
A car crash can happen even if you're following the safe driving practices. Unfortunately, other drivers make poor choices, which result in serious accidents.
The following are some common injuries:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Broken ribs
- Other broken bones
- Internal injuries that lead to internal bleeding
- Facial injuries, including cuts that result in permanent scarring
- Chest injuries
- Arm and leg injuries
How can a car accident lawyer help?
If you're injured in an accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Injuries that are left untreated can worsen with time. Furthermore, a doctor may discover other accident-related injuries or complications you did not notice after the crash.
If you are filing a car accident claim, you may need to provide documentation about your injuries to obtain the compensation you deserve. The insurance company may push back against any claims, or argue your injuries are minor. By going to the doctor and following up with treatment, you will have strong evidence to show the insurance company the serious nature of your injuries.
The experienced car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone know that insurance companies often downplay injuries. Accident victims might receive lowball settlement offers that don't begin to cover the full extent of the losses. We can handle the paperwork and red tape while you focus on recovering. Our knowledgeable attorneys know how to maximize compensation for accident victims.
We know the truth and will fight to protect your rights. Tell them you mean business. Contact us today for a free consultation.