Summer can be a dangerous time for drivers to be on the road. Over the July Fourth holiday weekend this year, the Georgia State Patrol reported 26 deaths caused by traffic accidents.
According to officials, Georgia State Patrol troopers investigated 513 traffic crashes that resulted in 307 injuries and 26 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, police revealed 422 people were arrested for driving under the influence. In total, 2,554 citations were issued, along with 16,846 warnings from officers.
Stay Safe When Driving This Summer
Keep these tips in mind if you want to stay safe this summer when you are driving around town:
- Choose a comfortable sitting position before you start driving your vehicle.
- Obey all traffic rules and posted speed limits.
- Never get behind the wheel if you are feeling fatigued.
- Check your mirrors, tire pressure, wiper fluid, and turn signals before you start driving.
- Always pay attention to your blind spots.
- Maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Avoid reckless behaviors and distractions when you are behind the wheel.
- Secure any cargo that might be thrown around if you are in an accident.
- Make sure your phone is charged in case you need it for an emergency.
- Never drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Leave early to avoid rushing to your destination.
- Never try to retrieve items that fall to the floor of your vehicle.
- If your car starts to overheat, pull over to the side of the road and call for assistance.
- Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident that resulted in serious injuries, you should get in touch with our law firm to discuss all of your options under the law. Call us today at (888) 425-6070 to request your free consultation with our legal team.