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 & Lina, 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 & Lina, 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 & Lina, P.C. They are experienced in all types of personal injury cases and can help get you the compensation you deserve.