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As we near the end of June, which is also National Safety Month, we want to look ahead to the first few days of July. That’s because the 4th of July weekend is approaching and millions of Americans will get behind the wheels of vehicles to travel. Unfortunately, this is also the weekend that’s statistically one of the most dangerous for people out on the roads. In our continued effort to bring awareness to National Safety Month, we want to provide some suggestions to keep in mind so that everyone can minimize the chance that they will be involved in any type of holiday car accident. We hope that everyone arrives to their destinations and back home safely.
When we are in a hurry, we tend to make hasty decisions. These hasty decisions can negatively impact our judgment. This is a dangerous circumstance for anyone who is behind the wheel. Since this is a holiday weekend, there is no reason to rush. Instead, plan your trip so that you have plenty of time to arrive at your destination so that you can enjoy your time away.
2. Get Rest Before Driving
It’s natural to be excited on the night before you travel for a holiday weekend. Some people may stay up late and not give themselves enough time to sleep before hitting the road. Those who will be driving should do what they can to get a good night’s rest before they drive. According to the CDC, drowsy driving is responsible for thousands of car accidents every year.
3. Put Your Cell Phone Away
It’s possible that drivers will be meeting family or friends at their destinations over the holiday weekend. That may lead to a temptation to make phone calls or use cell phones in other ways while driving. Drivers should put their cell phones away while behind the wheel. Study after study has shown that distracted driving leads to an enormous number of car accidents. Let someone else do the talking and focus on the road – it will make your ride safer.
4. Do Not Drink and Drive
It should almost go without saying that drinking and driving is extremely dangerous, especially on days when roads are going to be filled with vehicles. If you are going to be driving, do not consume alcohol, perhaps even on the night before driving, as this will only lead to more danger for drivers, their passengers and anyone else sharing the roads at that time.
5. Increase Following Distance
When the roads are crowded, drivers tend to follow those in front of them more closely. When someone is following another vehicle too closely, it decreases the amount of time that evasive measures can be taken and reduces the margin of error overall. Give the person in front of you plenty of room, as it could make the difference between being involved in a holiday car accident and arriving at your destination safely.
If you are involved in a holiday car accident and you or someone you love is wrongfully harmed as a result, you should waste no time in taking action to defend your legal rights. Contact a San Diego car accident lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation. Drive safely and have a Happy 4th of July Weekend.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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