After months of enduring severe weather, the roads of Bucks County are always in rough shape at the end of winter. While the streets are being repaired, drivers must deal with an unusually large number of potholes. These holes in the road may seem like no big deal, but in reality, they have the potential to do serious damage to your vehicle or even cause an accident if you do not approach them with care and skill. With this in mind, our Bucks County car crash attorney would like to offer some advice on safely driving on roads with potholes or uneven areas:
- Keep your tires properly inflated – If your tires are lacking air or have too much air in them, it will make them more susceptible to being damaged when you drive through potholes. To ensure that your tires can stand up to less-than-ideal road conditions, check your vehicle’s tire pressure often and make sure it is at the recommended level.
- Maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel – Driving over a hole in the road can cause your vehicle’s wheels to turn suddenly. This can lead to issues with your vehicle or worse – it can cause an accident. To avoid losing control, our car crash attorney in Bucks County recommends keeping a strong, steady grip on your steering wheel when driving on uneven pavement.
- Brake before going over a pothole, not once you’ve already hit it – Potholes can be difficult to spot in advance, but you should always slow down as much as possible before getting to a pothole if you can’t avoid hitting it. Many drivers make the mistake of braking once they’re already in the pothole, which can spell serious damage for your vehicle’s undercarriage or cause debris to be thrown at other vehicles.
- Beware of leaf piles and puddles that may be disguising potholes – Leaves and water often collect in potholes, making them extra hard to identify. With this in mind, you should avoid driving through standing water and leaf piles under which dips in the road may be lurking.
Handling potholes is an unavoidable part of driving during this time of year. Hopefully, these tips from our respected Bucks County car crash lawyer will make the task less daunting for you.
Injured in an Accident Involving a Pothole? Reach Out Today
As previously stated, potholes can lead to car accidents if drivers do not approach them carefully. If you have been the victim of a collision related to a pothole, you may be owed compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc. To find out, get in touch with Mr. Gary Heslin, the car crash attorney Bucks County has trusted for more than three decades. When you bring your case to Mr. Heslin, he will carefully examine the details of the accident and come up with a strategy to help you get the maximum amount of compensation.
If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation with Mr. Heslin, call (215) 332-0300 today. And for tips on what to do after a winter car accident, read our recent post. From all of us here at the Heslin Law Firm, we wish you a safe end to your winter but encourage you to contact us for legal assistance should you need it.