Summer is right around the corner, and for many Atlanta area residents,
that means more time out and about. Whether you’ll be hitting the
highways for a family vacation, road trip, or simply to get around town,
it is important to remember that the summer months see an increase in
vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and as a result, car accidents.
Because summer can present unique dangers when it comes to roadway safety,
our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. want
to provide local residents with some helpful information that can help
them stay safe on the road these coming months, whether as a pedestrian,
bicyclist, or motorist.
Bicyclists and pedestrians – With warmer weather comes more foot traffic. Whenever you hit
the road, be sure to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, especially
when approaching intersections, making turns, and backing out. Pedestrians
and bicyclists can do their part by obeying rules of the road, using crosswalks,
avoiding blind spots, and making themselves as visible as possible.
Distractions – Summer months may mean more activities, planned trips, and get
togethers that require families and friends to share rides, all of which
can pose potential distractions for drivers. Remember that driving and
operating a vehicle safely should always be your primary task. Reduce
risks of distractions by planning thoroughly before any trip, mapping
out directions, and limiting distractions posed by passengers. If you
need to make plans via phone, do so before driving or pull over in order
to text or place a call.
Young drivers – Summer vacation means that teen and younger drivers are off from
school and have more freedom to hit the road and venture out. Unfortunately,
new drivers present a number of risks on the roads, and these risks can
be increased substantially when vacationing teens and young adults are
distracted behind the wheel by friends or their cell phones. Always provide
safe distances between you and other vehicles and be prepared to react
in the event that an inexperienced driver makes a sudden move or mistake.
If you are the parent of a new driver, make sure they understand their
responsibilities when driving.
Tire safety – Hotter weather and higher temperatures can cause tires to become
inflated. When tires are over-inflated, they pose risks of blowouts, which
can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and crash, especially
at higher speeds. Always check your tires and other critical safety features
before summer, periodically, and before any long trip.
Tourists – Atlanta is a major metro area and a popular attraction for tourists.
This means that roadways in the summer may see an influx of tourists who
are not familiar with the local landscape. If you know the area well,
you might want to avoid locations where there may be increased tourist
traffic. You can also protect yourself in the event of a sudden stop or
maneuver by increasing your following distance and always surveying your
Even when all the proper steps have been taken to make safety a priority,
wrecks can still happen, especially when negligence is involved. Thankfully,
our civil justice system provides victims who have been harmed by negligence
with the opportunity to pursue legal action against the at-fault party
and hold them liable for the damages they incurred. These damages can
include economic losses such as medical bills and lost income, and noneconomic
damages intended to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Our attorneys leverage decades of experience and our resources to help
clients effectively protect their right to compensation, even when corporations
and large insurance carriers aim to pay them as little as possible. Over
the years, our commitment to clients and unwavering work ethic have allowed
us to recover over $200 million in compensation for the injured and the
wronged. We’re ready to make that difference for all victims and
families who reach out to our firm for help.
Contact us for a FREE consultation.