Drive Safely during the Fourth of July HolidayAccording to AAA Travel, 40.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from their homes during the July 4 holiday. Although this is a slight decrease compared to the 41.1 million people who traveled last year, it remains that a high number of people will be driving on our roadways. The AAA report states that 46 percent of travelers this year plan to begin their trip prior to the start of the holiday travel period, which is July 3-7. The largest share of travelers (32 percent) on a single day will depart July 3, and the largest share will return on July 7 (38 percent).
Given this increased concentration of vehicles on Washington State’s roadways, it is important to take several safety measures to ensure that you or your loved ones are not involved in a traffic accident:
- Do not operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you spot someone else driving erratically, report him or her to the authorities right away.
- Do not drive distracted. Put away your cell phone and GPS. Do not be distracted by children, pets, or other passengers while driving. Planning your trip ahead of time will help minimize your distractions while driving.
- Make sure you get sufficient sleep and rest before you start your road trip. Drowsy driving is extremely dangerous. If you are tired or cannot keep your eyes open, stop and get some rest before you resume driving.
- Check your car to make sure everything is working as it should. Specifically, check tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
- Follow the rules of the road. Do not exceed the speed limit or drive at a speed that is unsafe, given traffic, roadway, and weather conditions. Yield right-of-way to traffic and to pedestrians where necessary.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it is important that you file a police report and document the damages. It is also crucial that you contact an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who will ensure that your legal rights are protected.