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 & Lina, LLC 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 surroundings.
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 $400 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.
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