Is it safe to drive your car right after an accident?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Immediately after being involved in an accident, many drivers wonder if it is legal and safe to continue driving their cars in the city. While there is no universal answer to whether a car that has been in an accident can be driven, in most cases, the damage sustained by the vehicle makes it less likely that you will be able to drive it after a collision.

Regardless of the type of collision you have suffered, it is important, once you have checked your well-being and that of your passengers, to check the operation of your car immediately after the collision. In order for your car to be able to drive legally on the roads, all of its safety devices and equipment must work properly. The most important safety elements of a modern vehicle are:

  • Headlights
  • Brake lights
  • Blinking lights
  • Side mirror lights

Traffic collisions can damage your vehicle’s steering system or misalign your wheels, putting you at risk of not being able to properly maneuver or control your vehicle if you need to avoid road hazards.

A misaligned vehicle can be more risky to drive in situations where you have to pull off curbs or change channels frequently. After a collision, you need to make sure that your car’s steering system is working properly before continuing on the roads.

Additionally, malfunctions or bumps in the bonnet, doors or trunk can cause them to open suddenly while driving, which can cause additional accidents, so it is prudent to check that the closing and locking mechanisms work in all parts of the vehicle. vehicle.

Checking that your vehicle does not have leaks or leaks of any kind is essential after an accident. If you see fluids (such as antifreeze, coolant, or brake fluid) leaking or gushing out of the underbody of your car after an accident, take it to a garage immediately.

Finally, it is important to ensure that your vehicle’s license plate is still in place and visible after the accident, as it is illegal to drive a vehicle that has not been properly identified.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.