For many people Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of the vacation season, and consequently, the summer months are usually indicative of a noticeable increase in the number of vehicles on the road. Statistics indicate that in the coming months, thousands of families will be involved in automobile accidents due to the negligence and recklessness of other drivers, but many more will experience serious accidents as a result of their own failure to take necessary safety steps before and during their trip.
As personal injury lawyers, one of the most important aspects of our work is staying up to date on the latest safety information, so that we can better serve our clients and the public. Whether you are going on a vacation, a road trip, or just commuting to work, a higher volume of vehicles on the road is something that will affect you; with this in mind, here are a couple of tips for prevention and planning to ensure safer travel this summer.
Don’t Put Yourself at Risk-As drivers and passengers, there are many things that we can do to keep ourselves safe before our vehicle ever leaves our home. Before you leave for a trip, check the air pressure of your tires to ensure that they are at safe levels, and make a point to examine the tread wear as well. When packing, make sure that you do not create dangerous blind spots or areas of limited visibility, as these put you at a greater risk of being involved in an accident.
Buckle Up, and Use Proper Safety Devices for Children-The use of seatbelts for adults and properly installed car/booster seats for children is the easiest way to protect everyone riding in your vehicle. It is tempting to remove your seatbelt in order to sleep or make yourself more comfortable during long trips, but doing so puts you at a much greater risk of suffering a traumatic injury during a highway crash.
Beware of Hot Vehicles-During the hot summer months, heat stroke is a very real danger. With rays from the sun beating down on a car, the temperature inside can easily exceed 100 degrees. Never leave a child or pet unattended in a hot vehicle.
Don’t Drive After Drinking-The number of drunk driving deaths throughout the United States spike each year during the summer, especially around holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. If you are planning on attending a barbecue, family reunion, or any other type of gathering, be responsible and never drive after drinking too much. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Together our lawyers and staff bring more than 130 years of legal experience to every case we handle, and we know first hand how devastating a serious automobile accident can be for a family. We hope you will keep these tips in mind when traveling this summer, but if you should ever find yourself injured by a negligent or reckless driver, our attorneys are just a phone call away.