During the period of time between Thanksgiving and the New Year, millions
of Americans will be traveling long distances to visit friends and family
across the country. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates
that during the
Christmas and New Year’s season, nearly 95 million American will travel by automobile. During this holiday
travel period, nearly 27,000 American will be seriously injured in automobile
accidents, with nearly 250 losing their lives. As the holidays season
approaches, motorists need to be mindful of ways to make their holiday
travels safer. The personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes,
P.C. are committed to keeping you safe during your holiday travels this
season. If you are involved in an automobile accident, be sure to contact
Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. to ensure you receive the representation necessary
to make your case go as smoothly as possible.
If you will be driving to visit loved ones this season,
keep in mind these few things to make your holiday travels as safe as possible:
Maintain Your Vehicle: Make sure your vehicle is operating properly. This
is especially important for traveling in winter driving conditions. The
lights, oil, pressure and condition of your tires, belts and hoses, brake
fluid, antifreeze fluid, and the condition of the battery should all be
checked by a professional before you leave on your travels.
Wear Seatbelts: Properly restraining yourself and your passengers with
seatbelts and car safety seats is extremely important, and in the state
of Georgia it
is a law that the driver and every passenger in the front seat of a vehicle must
be wearing a seat belt.
Be Flexible: Keep your travel plans flexible. Leave early if you can to
avoid the peak traffic hours. If snow or other inclement weather is forecasted
during your travel time, change your plans. It is better to reschedule
than to risk the lives of family or friends.
Map Your Route Beforehand: Map your route before you leave and be prepared
for busy roads during the most popular travel times of the year.
Stay Alert: Staying fresh and alert while driving is also extremely important.
Take plenty of breaks and do not push yourself in an attempt to meet an
unrealistic schedule. If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest
area or business, get out of the car for fresh air, buy something to refresh
yourself, or simply relax until you feel ready to drive again.
Keep Your Speed Down: Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react
to the traffic around you. Let impatient and aggressive drivers pass you
or go through an intersection ahead of you.
Do Not Pass: Do not pass another vehicle if you cannot see enough clear
road to pass safely
Do Not Drink and Drive: If there will be drinking at your holiday get-together,
choose a designated driver who will remain alcohol free.
No Phones: If you have to use your phone for either a phone call or texting
purposes, pull off the road. Driving requires your full attention. Additionally,
be sure to always obey all traffic laws to ensure the safest possible trip.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been in an auto accident, contact the personal injury attorneys
at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. They are experienced in all types of personal
injury cases and can help get you the compensation you deserve.