Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Safety Tips for Memorial Day TravelMay 23, 2017
As the unofficial kickoff to the summer season approaches, and the temperature is slowly starting to rise, many people are starting to make plans for Memorial Day. From backyard barbecues to weekends at the beach, thousands of people will be hitting the road, eager to get to their holiday destinations.
With so many cars on the road during this busy weekend, the risk of car accidents increases dramatically. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, over the past six years, there has been an 11.5 percent increase in fatal traffic accidents over the Memorial Day weekend. To avoid being another Memorial Day car accident statistic, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Make sure your vehicle is well-maintained. At the beginning of the summer season, have your car serviced. Keep your windows and headlights clean so that your visibility is not compromised.
- Plan your route. Do this ahead of time, and make sure that you are prepared to take alternate routes in case of heavy traffic, wrecks, or construction.
- Make sure you are well rested. If you will be traveling far, get a good night’s sleep so that you are awake and alert while you are driving. If you start to feel drowsy, pull over if it is safe to do so, or open a window to let in some fresh air.
- Put your cell phone away. Distracted driving causes thousands of car accidents every year. Resist the temptation to make a quick phone call, or check a text message. If you need to get in touch with someone, pull over so that you can avoid being distracted while you drive.
- Buckle up! Always wear seatbelts. If you are traveling with children, make sure that they are wearing their seatbelts at all times.
- Allow extra travel time. Assume there will be a lot of traffic over Memorial Day weekend. Giving yourself extra time will avoid frustration and the temptation to speed.
- Stay alert. Be aware of other drivers on the road. Drive defensively, using extra caution if there are hazardous weather conditions.
- Choose a designated driver. If you will be attending parties, barbecues, or family functions where there will be alcohol served, make sure that you pick a designated driver who will be responsible for getting everyone home safely.
- Use caution when approaching work zones. Always slow down when you are driving towards a work zone. Construction workers tend to work late into the night, so make sure you are using extreme caution when driving past a work zone.
- Do not tailgate. Driving too closely to the car in front of you can be dangerous. If the person ahead of you comes to an abrupt stop, it can cause an accident.
- Use headlights appropriately. Headlights should be turned on at dusk, or used at all times during inclement weather, and on highways.
- Carry a first-aid kit. Also keep water, non-perishable snacks, blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, and a phone charger with the first-aid kit.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims Injured During the Memorial Day Weekend
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will work hard on your behalf to protect your legal rights and fight to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.