Are You Prepared for a Summer Road Trip?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 2, 2013

Florida motor vehicle accident attorneyThe summer is a popular time to take a road trip. However, accident fatality rates also tend to peak during the summer months of June, July and August. In fact, these months account for one-third of all vehicle fatalities in the country.

The spike in accidents in Cape Coral and around the country can be attributed to a number of factors, including more vehicles on the road, an influx of teen drivers, driving under the influence, road construction and summer heat.

To stay safe on the road, we encourage all drivers to follow these simple tips from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

  • Maintain your vehicle: Ensure your vehicle is in optimal driving condition and appropriately equipped prior to taking to the road. Tires are particularly susceptible to blowouts in the Florida heat.
  • Buckle your seat belt: All drivers and passengers should wear seat belts every time when traveling in a vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is one of the best defenses to prevent injury and death in a crash.
  • Don't drink and drive: Every 45 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. Be responsible and don't drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Avoid distractions: Drivers should always focus on keeping their eyes and attention on the road. According to NHTSA data from 2011, 10 percent of fatal crashes and 17 percent of injury crashes were distracted-affected.
  • Protect child passengers: If you're traveling with children, remember the best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. All children 13 and younger should ride in the back seat. Also, to prevent injuries and deaths due to child heatstroke in hot vehicles, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the engine and air conditioning is running.
  • Watch for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians: Warmer weather typically attracts a greater number of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These roadway users are more vulnerable since they lack the protection of a car or truck, and collisions almost always result in injury.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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