Every day we rely on our vehicles to transport us to different locations.
Countless hours are spent on the road, which increases the risk of getting
into a car accident. However, in a vehicular emergency, the prospects
are far greater and more dangerous. It is important to be aware of the
types of situations and how to safely handle them.
Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that the cardinal rule in any emergency situation is to maintain
your composure. Panic only serves to impair your judgment and causes you
to act prematurely.
Here are some examples of vehicular emergency situations and safety tips
What to do if your headlight fails: Don’t panic. Visibility is extremely important at night and being
unable to see in the dark can be a scary experience. It also poses a hazard
to other motorists on the road who might be unable to see you. Take a
deep breath and focus on safely getting off the roadway. Try turning on
any other light source in your car such as emergency lights or directional
signals to help you see. Search for a service station or pull off the
road and call for help. If you have roadside assistance, utilize the service.
What to do if your gas pedal malfunctions: It can be a terrifying experience when an accelerator pedal is stuck;
however, stay calm. Shift the car into neutral and use the brake to slow
your car down so that you can guide the car off the road or to the nearest
shoulder. Do not turn off the ignition unless the latter is unsuccessful.
Depending on the type of steering wheel your car is equipped with, you
may have difficulty maneuvering the car. When you have reached a safe
place, turn the engine off and call for assistance.
What to do if you brakes stop working: The inability to stop a moving car can seem like an impossible scenario.
Unfortunately brake pads do unexpectedly go out. Depending on the type
of car you have, it may help to pump the pedal in order to increase hydraulic
pressure. You can also try putting the car in a lower gear. This slows
the car giving you a change to quickly and safely pull over. Also, try
to using your emergency or parking break.
What to do if your steering wheel malfunctions:Turn your emergency lights on to alert other motorists of the danger. Your
vehicle can easily skid out of control so gently take your foot off the
gas pedal. Gently apply brakes as your car slows down and pull over to
the side of the road. A sudden change in speed could force you to lose
control. Get help immediately.
What to do if your tire blows out: If you hear a thumping sound, quickly pull over to the side of the road
and inspect your tires. This could signal a tire blowout. If your tire
is in the process of blowing out, grip onto the steering wheel and gently
take your foot off the gas pedal and maintain control as best you can.
Once you are able to control your car, gently apply the brakes. Find a
safe place to park as soon as possible.
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Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
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