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Simple vehicle checks ‘crucial’ for road safety

With kids back at school and most Australians back at work, drivers face the challenge of being alert to the heightened risk of accidents with more car and pedestrian activity on the nation’s roads.

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) yesterday issued a reminder to drivers that simple safety measures could end up saving their lives.

In the statement, Australians preparing to embark on daily commutes to work and school drop-offs are encouraged to check their vehicle’s windscreen wipers and tyres, among other simple steps to ensure car safety.

RACV acting manager vehicle engineering Nick Platt said that whether your car is new or an older model, it is crucial to do a vehicle safety check.

“It’s critical that you take the time to check fluid levels, the radiator and cooling system, the battery and pay particular attention to your tyres,” said Mr Platt.

Tyres that are not inflated properly can increase a car’s braking distance, meaning that drivers might not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
Mr Platt said that tyres were often neglected, and RACV research had indicated that one in five cars in Victoria was found to sport at least one tyre that was not roadworthy.

“I cannot stress enough how important tyres are to a car’s safety. Every time you drive there is wear and tear on your tyres and having the incorrect tyre pressure will escalate the effect on your tyres and put you, and your passengers, at risk,” Mr Platt added.

Here in NSW, if you are involved in a road accident or are a pedestrian hurt as a result of being hit by a vehicle, you may be entitled to car accident compensation.

If the driver of the other vehicle involved in the incident is found to be wholly or even partly at fault, you could be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, legal costs, and more.

There are many circumstances in which another driver may be at fault and the compensation claim process can be complex.

That’s why it is a great idea to consult specialist personal injury lawyers in Sydney who deal with car accident claims every day.

Whether you were an occupant in a vehicle, a pedestrian, a cyclist or a motorcycle pillion passenger, they can discuss the circumstances of your injury and the possibility of compensation.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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