Summer is just around the corner, and Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Many Americans take advantage of this federal holiday, which falls on May 29 this year, by taking a trip to see friends or family.
According to TIME, the Friday before Memorial Day is the fourth busiest day of the year at airports across the country, and the roads will be packed with families heading to their favorite stretch of coastline. Unfortunately, more traffic also means more opportunity for accidents to happen.
If you are injured by a drunk, distracted, or negligent driver over the holiday weekend, contact The Finnell Firm to discuss your case. Attorney Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. He has the knowledge, resources, and courtroom experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer in Atlanta.
Let's examine four tips to help you avoid injuries on Memorial Day weekend:
1. Follow All Traffic Laws
When you follow traffic laws, other motorists are better able to predict your actions and respond accordingly. For example, if you turn on your blinker, the drivers around you will know that you are turning or changing lanes.
You should also remember to stick to the speed limit. According to the World Health Organization, speeding increases the likelihood that a collision will occur, and it enhances the severity of injuries.
2. Inspect Your Vehicle
If you are planning to take a road trip over Memorial Day weekend, make sure you check your tire pressure, battery, and fluids before hitting the road. This will prevent you from having to pull over on a busy highway to top off the oil or add more wiper fluid. Stopped vehicles on the shoulder pose a serious hazard for the both the individuals in them and the motorists passing them.
3. Map Your Route
Check the route you plan on taking for any construction or major delays. Driving through a construction zone when there is a lot of traffic can be risky because other motorists may not be paying attention to their surroundings.
4. Do Not Drive under the Influence
If you plan to consume alcohol over the long weekend, make sure you have a place to sleep, or designate a sober driver before the festivities begin. Also, keep an eye out for drivers who show one or more of the following signs of intoxication:
· Stopping well before or after a stop line;
· Abnormal braking and accelerating patterns;
· Drifting onto the shoulder;
· Not using the headlights when driving at night;
· Using the wrong turn signal; or
· Almost hitting the curb.
If the worst happens and you sustain serious injuries in a collision with a drunk or inattentive driver over the holiday weekend, contact The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Atlanta. You can learn more about car accident claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.