5 Things To Consider Before Getting Behind The Wheel To Drive

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Memphis Personal Injury Lawyer, Matthew Porter, Reminds Drivers To Be Mindful Before Getting On The Road

“The only way to ensure the well-being of our neighbors residing in Memphis is to make certain that they sustain vigilance when taking the wheel.”

Matthew Porter, Tennessee auto accident attorney, said, “The only way to ensure the well-being of our neighbors residing in Memphis is to make certain that they sustain vigilance when taking the wheel.” To best avoid a mechanical failure or car accident, it is necessary to acknowledge all safety concerns prior to operating a vehicle.

Stay up-to-date with the condition of the vehicle. Determine how often the car will need a safety inspection. Regular visits to the mechanic will ensure important checklist items are fulfilled to keep the car in working condition.

Become familiarized with the vehicle's safety features. Know where to locate the indicator lights, and other elements designed to assist in parking and changing lanes.

If operating a vehicle, the driver is required to wear a seatbelt. Tennessee is considered a primary Safety Belt state. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers are also wearing a seatbelt before starting the engine.

Texting while driving is against the law. According to Distracted.gov, having your eyes off the road for five seconds while going speeds of 55mph or more is enough time to travel the length of a football field blindfolded. If caught, the driver is subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

Know the limitations when driving under the influence. Tennessee’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit is .08%. Enhanced penalties, such as a DUI, will result if children are present, if the driver is underage or test above the legal BAC limit.

About The Porter Law Firm, PLLC
Personal injury lawyer Matthew Porter, who practices primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, leads The Porter Law Firm. The firm’s areas of representation include victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents in Tennessee. Personal injury cases are also an area of representation and include, slip and fall accidents, injury to children, the elderly or others due to negligence and medical malpractice, including wrongful death. Porter also includes in his practice areas product liability, denial of insurance benefits, employment discrimination claims and Social Security claims. Porter is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. For more information visit http://www.porterlawfirm.com.

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