The excitement of a road trip, especially one you have been waiting for a long time, can make you pack too many bags. However, cramming your back seat and luggage area with boxes and bags can block the rear window, forcing you to rely on side mirrors and increasing the likelihood of an accident. Driving with too much luggage often puts the driver in a stressful position.
Before loading your vehicle with your vacation bags, think about how you are packing the vehicle and how it might affect your driving. If you were injured in a car accident caused by overpacking, contact an Albanian personal injury lawyer today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages from the accident.
Why overpacking for a road trip can be fatal?
There are two main ways in which overpacking your car with vacation bags can be dangerous and increase the likelihood of an accident.
Low visibility for the driver.
Packing within the line of sight of the driver can be dangerous, for example, bags that block the rear window. There are various angles of visibility inside a car that the driver may use while driving. Blocking any one of these can cause the driver not to see nearby vehicles and take the appropriate action.
You should always pack your bags in a way that they do not cause visibility issues for the driver. Set your bags in the car and ask the driver to check if they are causing any problems.
Extra weight in the car.
Overpacking a passenger vehicle and putting more weight on it than it can handle can have the same devastating results as overloading a commercial truck. The extra weight changes the vehicle’s center of gravity. This can increase the chances of a rollover accident during lane changes or when making turns. Moreover, the vehicle would take a longer time to come to a halt. A miscalculation on the driver’s part can ultimately cause an accident.
Why overpacked cars are more likely to get into an accident?
Overpacked cars are more likely to get into an accident for another big reason. Despite the fact that seatbelts tie down you and your friends or family members, the bags are not fastened down. The impact caused by the movements of the vehicle can cause the bags to move and hit you, increasing the risk of a collision.
When you think thoroughly about what you need and do not need, you can carefully plan your luggage. If you get into an accident, contact an attorney today.