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personal injury lawyerAll over the country, summer is vacation season. Most vacations involve travel, and with travel comes an increased risk of accident and injury. That being said, taking vacations is essential to recharging, refreshing, and enjoying life. Instead of foregoing this summer’s vacation to avoid heavy traffic, flat tires, and aggressive or distracted drivers, use the following safety tips to reach your destination safely.

Prepare your vehicle for the trip. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and the tread isn’t excessively worn. If you are not auto-savvy, have a mechanic check the engine, battery, belts, and other parts to ensure everything is in working order. Test the lights and wipers, make sure the wiper fluid is full, and clean the windshield. An emergency road kit (including a flashlight and jumper cables) can be extremely useful if you get stranded.

Always utilize safe driving practices. Wear your seatbelt, don’t drive if you’re tired, and don’t drink and drive. If your vehicle develops problems along the way (flat tire, engine trouble, smoke coming from the hood), immediately pull off the main road and do the necessary repair work or call for help. If possible, do not stop on the shoulder of the highway. This is not a safe area for repair work.

Distracted driving kills. If you need to make a call, pull off the road before doing so. Even hands-free phone usage takes your attention away from the road. Never text, email, or make phone calls while driving. Similarly, you should never watch videos on an iPad, smart phone, or any other device. Looking at GPS screens and manually entering destination information are equally distracting. If anything other than the road requires your attention, pull over and take care of it. Distracted driving puts you and everyone else on the road in danger. In addition to technology-related distractions, eating while driving, changing radio stations, and angry-driving can be just as dangerous. Also, remember that other drivers may be distracted. Always drive defensively and keep ample distance between you and the car in front of you.

Plan ahead. Estimate the duration of your driving time and let others know when you plan to arrive. Have a cell phone charged in case you run into trouble on the road. Expect to encounter various “obstacles,” such as construction, accidents, car trouble, road closures, and detours. Avoid hazardous road conditions at all costs. Although snow and ice are not a concern in summer, other situations (such as flooding, fog, and heavy rain) may arise.

To reach your destination safely, here is a recap of the above tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle with proper maintenance and cleaning
  • Don’t drive tired
  • Don’t drive aggressively
  • Never drink and drive
  • Keep your focus on the road
  • Drive defensively
  • Avoid hazardous conditions
  • Plan

Contact Malman Law – Car Accident Attorney

At the law offices of Malman Law, we understand that the summer travel season is a favorite time of year for many families. We also know that increased travel comes with increased risks. If you have suffered injuries in any kind of vehicle accident, we can help. Malman Law has helped countless personal injury clients, and we want to help you. Call today for a free consultation about your case.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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