With the Fourth of July holiday weekend nearly here, more drivers will be on the roads than normal and our firm hopes that you will be especially safe during this time.
According to AAA, nearly 39 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from their home over the long weekend, which is actually down from 40 million last year, USA Today reports.
The drop is attributed to gas prices, which have risen $1 on average from this time last year. Gas in North Carolina is about $3.57 per gallon, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
But despite a predicted drop in the number of people who will be traveling this holiday weekend, 39 million is a large number and Greensboro Car Accident Attorneys recognize that there will be traffic accidents this holiday weekend. We hope you will use extra caution while taking to the highways and local roads this Independence Day.
According to 2009 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,314 traffic fatalities in 2009 on North Carolina roads.
These are all tragedies, but they can be avoided. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol offers these tips for holiday travel:
- Buckle up
- Leave plenty of time for travel
- Don’t speed
- Leave a safe distance between you and other vehicles
- Take breaks if traveling a long distance
- Don’t drink and drive
And while using good judgment and driving defensively are good steps to staying safe, it is also inevitable, unfortunately, that people will make the decision to drink and drive. Despite tough criminal laws, many people ignore those penalties and the safety risks and get on the roads with too much alcohol in their systems.
In 2009, according to the non-profit group The Century Council, there were 363 alcohol-impaired fatalities on North Carolina roads. Of those, 35 drivers killed were under 21.
These Charlotte drunk driving accidents are especially traumatic because they are so avoidable. If you are with someone who is attempting to drive and has been drinking, offer to be a designated driver, call a friend or call for a taxi cab. It is worth the time or money to ensure you get home safely and that no one around you is injured or killed because of poor choices.
And with the summer upon us, kids are out of school and are begging to use the family car. Because of their inexperience behind the wheel, they are particularly susceptible to Greensboro teen car accidents.
Please talk with your teens about avoiding distracted driving in North Carolina by not messing with the radio dial, talking on their phones or texting on their phones and not talking extensively with their friends inside the vehicle. Getting to their destination safely is all that matters.
The Lee Law Offices, P.A. is an experienced team of car accident attorneys on your side. If you are injured in a car accident in North or South Carolina, call 1-800-887-1965 to make a free and confidential appointment today.
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