All drivers must ensure that they’re operating their vehicles safely. When they don’t, others who are on the roads with them can face injuries if the unsafe driving causes a crash. For some drivers, having to drive in less than ideal circumstances is a challenge that they must try to meet.
Residents of the Portage and Valparaiso areas often travel along Interstate 94. They might encounter traffic jams along that stretch of road. Traffic jams are frustrating, but they aren’t a time when you need to let your irritation get the best of you.
Even though you might have long periods of remaining stopped when there is a traffic jam, don’t allow yourself to become distracted. You never know when traffic will start moving. Plus, if aggressive drivers are present, you need to watch their moves.
You also need to ensure that you have enough stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. Since you won’t be moving fast in a traffic jam, the distance won’t be too great. In order to remain safe, it’s a good idea to leave just under a car’s length between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This prevents a car from slipping into that space and coming too close to your front bumper. Remember to leave more room when it is raining since your stopping distance is greater on slick roads.
Despite the slow movement of the vehicles during a traffic jam, wrecks are still possible. The victims in these cases may opt to pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. The aim of the case is to recover the financial damages that the victims have to deal with due to the injuries they suffered in the crash.