Thanksgiving Travel SafetyNovember 22, 2019
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for road trips, and an increasing number of Americans are traveling to celebrate the holiday. Last year, AAA predicted that over 54 Americans would travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase from 2017. Maryland motorists planning to travel should be prepared for comparably busy roadways this year.
Safe Driving in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) encourages motorists to drive safely, wear their seat belts, and refrain from drunk driving. Drivers should remain focused on driving and not get distracted by talking to passengers, reaching for objects, or checking navigational devices. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police will be targeting impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers on tolled roads this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips
Our Baltimore car accident lawyers are here to help those who are injured on Maryland roadways. If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to payment for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of damages.
Most car accidents are preventable; it is therefore advisable to take certain safety precautions, both before heading out and while on the road. The following are some Thanksgiving travel safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Leave early: The roads are more crowded over Thanksgiving weekend, so leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Leaving early may help avoid the urge to speed or engage in risky driving behavior when the trip is taking longer than expected.
- Prepare your vehicle: Be sure to check your fluids, brakes, radiator, windshield wipers, and other parts of your car before embarking on a long journey. Last year, AAA expected to rescue more than 330,000 motorists over the Thanksgiving weekend due to lockouts, flat tires, and battery-related issues.
- Check the weather: Heavy snow, ice, or fog can contribute to accidents, especially this time of year.
- Drive slowly: You will be sharing the road with many other motorists; drive slowly to avoid speeding-related car accidents. Be aware of your surroundings, keep out of a truck’s blind spots, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid distractions: Keep your attention on the road and do not text while driving to avoid this type of car accident.
- Plan ahead: Preparation is key this Thanksgiving. Do not wait until you are already on the road to get directions or enter your destination into your GPS.
- Get a good night’s sleep: Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Get at least seven hours of sleep the night before your trip and pull over to rest if you feel fatigued.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Those Injured in Holiday Car Accidents
If you were involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. Contact a Baltimore car accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton to discuss your case. We will fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, complete our online contact form or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529).
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