The number of Americans traveling this Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend is expected to increase significantly. According to The Washington Times, there were close to 40 million Americans who traveled approximately 588 miles from their home over the 2012 holiday period. Those numbers are expected to rise this year as the economy recovers and as more travelers feel more comfortable spending at the pump.
In 2012, roughly 90 percent of travelers got to their Thanksgiving holiday destination by car. And you can expect more of the same this time around.
Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand that there are plenty of preventable behaviors that will contribute to the hundreds of deaths that are expected to occur over the holiday weekend. Most often, drinking, speeding and distracted driving are the top causes of car accidents, especially during busy travel periods. Before you head out on your trip, take a moment to help ensure you and your family have a safe journey.
-Get on the road as soon as possible. Starting off your trip early prevents dealing with the increased levels of traffic. Travelers that begin their drive sooner tend to lessen the chance of dealing with major traffic headaches.
-Fuel up. Don’t head out on a long trip without a full tank of gas. In addition to topping off the tank, check fluids and tire pressures before you leave.
-Take breaks every two hours or 100 miles and rotate driving responsibility. You should also avoid driving during times when you would normally be sleeping.
-Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. Properly-used seat belts are your best defense against injury and death in the event of an accident.
-If you will be drinking, make sure that you’re not driving. Always have a sober ride home.
-Follow the posted speed limits. Your risks for an accident and the severity of accidents increase as your speed increases.
-Get your vehicle ready. Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road before you leave your home.
-Be cautious about driving home Thanksgiving night. Many drivers will be drowsy from all that holiday food, and drink. And unfortunately they might be a little (or a lot) drunk. Be on the lookout for drunk drivers, too.
-Keep the distractions to a minimum. In normal driving conditions, using cell phones, texting, smoking, eating, or numerous other distractions greatly increase your risk for a collision. During holiday travel periods, that risk is even higher with stress levels and traffic on the rise. One of the most dangerous distractions is using the cell phone. So when driving this week, pull over, let the passenger handle the calls, or stay off the phone until you can get to a safe place.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, contact Allred & Allred P.C. for advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 334.396.9200.
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