Can double checking your mirrors before switching lanes lower the amount of Albany car accidents?

Posted: May 11, 2018

Imagine you are driving home from work on an Albany highway. The sun is shining and you can’t wait to fire up the barbecue when you get home. You are thinking about how good those hamburgers will taste with melted cheese and chopped onions. Now, when was the last time you looked into your rear-view mirror or one of your side mirrors? Five minutes ago? Ten minutes ago? Never?

One cause of traffic accidents in Albany is drivers failing to check their mirrors before switching lanes on a busy highway. Sometimes this occurs because the driver checked their mirrors once a while ago and just assumed the lane to which they want to switch to is still open. Or the driver thinks that traffic is “light” and further assume there is little-to-no traffic behind them. Unfortunately, some multiple car collisions occur on three and four lane highways around Albany when a driver doesn’t use the rear and side-view mirrors.

While drivers don’t necessarily need to check mirrors every two seconds, it is important to be mindful of surrounding traffic. Even if traffic is light, it takes only a few seconds for a speeding vehicle to catch up with you from behind, posing a potential danger. So if you go to switch lanes without checking your mirrors first, you may find yourself with serious injuries, a wrecked car and time off work.

Double checking mirrors can save you from causing an accident but what about Albany drivers who do not check mirrors and cause an accident involving you and your passengers? Fortunately, William Mattar can help those who have suffered injuries due to someone switching lanes recklessly and without regard for the safety of others. If you need a car accident lawyer to handle your compensation case, call our firm today to schedule an immediate consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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