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Monday, May 26, 2014

Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbrdige, GA Gives Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Millions of Americans pack up their cars and take a road trip to visit with family and friends during the last week of December.  Last year, over 83 million people drove more than 50 miles away from home between December 22nd and January 1st.  Here’s a quick checklist from our personal injury attorneys on how to prepare for your road trip and arrive safely at your destination:

Before you leave home:  Make sure you have current proof of insurance and contact information for AAA or other auto club accounts that can help you in your time of need.  Also create or replenish a car emergency kit that includes fluids, blankets, flashlights and first aid supplies.

Get a Good Night’s Rest: Driver fatigue significantly reduces alertness and reaction time, and sleepy drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers.  If you plan on hitting the road early, be sure to get to bed even earlier the night before.  Caffeine and energy drinks do not compensate for a lack of sleep.

Always Wear your Seatbelt:  It’s a classic rule, and it still applies today.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts are the number one most effective way to prevent death and injury in car accidents.  The great news is that 86 percent of Americans fastened their seat belts in 2012, up from 84 percent in 2011.  Keep up the good work, and make sure all of your passengers are buckled in.

Chargers and Hands-Free Devices:  We’re more dependent on electronics than ever, so make sure you have the chargers handy for your phone, GPS system, laptop, the kids’ electronics and any other devices you may need while away from home.  Of course, drivers should pull over before dialing phone numbers, entering information into the GPS system or using any other electronic features.   

Take Breaks:  This is another key step in alleviating dangerous driver fatigue.  If you stop every 2-3 hours to take a walk or stretch, and it will increase the blood flow to the brain and your alertness.  If your trip is really long, it’s smart to break it up into multiple days and get a good night’s rest at a hotel.  Research shows that being awake for 18 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, which is legally intoxicated and puts you and your passengers at a much greater risk of a crash.

Road Rage and Aggressive Driving:  If you see these behaviors on the road, your best option is to keep a safe distance.  Click here to read more about common behaviors associated with aggressive driving or road rage, and what to do if you’re a victim. (this will link to a former blog post about Aggressive Driving)

Expect the Unexpected:  A flat tire, a sudden change in the weather or a road block – all sorts of hurdles can come between you and your destination.  Give yourself plenty of time and stay flexible.  Experiencing some travel stress is so unavoidable, it’s almost as much of a holiday tradition as crowded shopping malls and fruit cake.  Stay safe and enjoy the journey.    

For more information on this topic, email personal injury attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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