Stay Safe During Holiday Travel
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, more and more Americans will be hitting the roads. Air travel has been expensive and unpredictable, with many flights leaving passengers stranded due to cancellations. This, coupled with stable gas prices, may make it more appealing for people to drive to their holiday destinations. Last year, more than 50 million people traveled by road during the Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving weekend officially begins on Wednesday evening and ends on Sunday night.
What Causes Holiday Accidents?
Many factors may contribute to accidents during a holiday weekend. With more vehicles on the roads, the likelihood of an accident increases. Impaired driving may be responsible for a number of accidents around the holidays. It is important to keep in mind that the legal drinking limit in North Carolina is 0.08%. Distracted driving may also be the cause of some crashes. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes your mind off driving, your hands off the wheel, or your eyes off the road. The most common cause of distracted driving is texting while driving, which is illegal in North Carolina.
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Seatbelts Save Lives
Wearing a seatbelt has been found to save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implemented a new safety education program aimed at seatbelt use. A study by the NHTSA found that the use of seatbelts saved 329,715 lives between 1960 and 2012. They say that being buckled up inside your vehicle is the best way to stay safe and secure during an accident. They state that seatbelts are the “best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.” Even a minor fender-bender can lead to serious or life-threatening injuries if someone is not wearing a seatbelt.
Accident Prevention Tips
You can do some things to reduce your chances of getting into an accident. Never drive while you are impaired. Even a slight impairment can cause reduced reaction times and could result in you being unable to take steps to avoid a crash. Get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel, and do not drive for too long at a time. Drowsy driving can also lead to making poor decisions. Make sure you know where you are going ahead of time and if you accidentally miss a turn or exit, drive to the next street to safely get back on track. Drive defensively and pay attention to other vehicles on the road at all times.
What to Do if You are Involved in an Accident
If you are involved in a collision, pull over or stop immediately and make sure everyone is okay. Call the police to report the accident. Take photos if you can do so without getting into harm’s way. Exchange information with the other driver. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you do not initially feel hurt. Some injuries, especially serious head trauma, can worsen over time and can become medical emergencies. Remember that in North Carolina, only a party without fault can collect money for damages. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident, do not delay. The law limits the time to submit a claim for damages. Call us today at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, at (704) 370-2828 to discuss the details of your injury today.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to: Camp Lejeune related injuries, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car, and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life and that the effects often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, are dedicated to helping clients determine their claims’ strength and aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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