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What common hazards should city drivers expect?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you often drive in Connecticut cities, then you are likely at risk of getting involved in at least one type of car accident. This is because these cities are usually filled with pedestrians, buildings, cyclists, animals and many kinds of road objects. Knowing the common hazards and what to do in case you get into an accident is a good way to avoid personal injury/MVA issues as a city driver.

What are the specific hazards you should expect?

  • Damaged road surfaces. Although roads in Connecticut are generally safe, there’s always a chance of running into a damaged road, especially in high-traffic areas.
  • Parked vehicles. In the city, there is always the chance that you’ll come across one or more people parked along a road opening their driver’s door. This might block your view, leading to a minor or major accident.

Other common that you should expect include the following:

  • Animals running into the road
  • Children running across the road
  • Careless cyclists and motorists
  • Vehicles emerging unexpectedly from junctions

All these hazards are part of the reasons why motor vehicle accidents occur, leading to personal injury suits. Thankfully, you can avoid them.

How to avoid accidents as a city driver

Although driving in the city can be overwhelming, being prepared for the common road hazards above can give you some peace of mind. Secondly, try to stick to one lane. All these hazards can lead to accidents easily if you keep changing lanes.

Thirdly, consider the type of car you’re driving. Manual-transmission vehicles are usually less expensive and more fuel-efficient. However, driving them in a city where there’re too many hazards coupled with stop-and-go traffic can make it stressful and tiring for you while driving. You should therefore weigh all the trade-offs between the two transmissions before driving in the city.

Driving in the city can be easy or difficult depending on how prepared you are for the hazards. If you find yourself in a personal injury/MVA, take a moment to calm down, then contact a qualified personal injury attorney.