Labor Day Weekend is in a Few Days! How to Avoid an Accident While Traveling
As Labor Day quickly approaches, so do plans to make the most out of the last true weekend of summer fun. Labor Day is most often a “road trip” kind of weekend. This means more vehicles on the road and more accidents. Many accidents occur because drivers are distracted by their phones, passengers and, of course, under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
It is important to be alert and aware of your surroundings while driving this weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides simple ways to increase your chances of staying safe on the roads during summer’s last hurrah.
• Fast lane can leave drivers in trouble. If you consistently drive in the far left lane, you are subject to tailgating by impatient drivers waiting for you to pull over to the right lane. Additionally, drivers in the fast lane have fewer places to maneuver if something unexpected suddenly happens.
• Avoid night driving. During Labor Day weekend, there will be heavy traffic in the evenings as drivers head home from vacations, barbeques and parties. There will be people on the road who are under the influence, thereby creating precarious driving situations. Not to mention your own fatigue and trouble seeing road hazards.
• Be aware of other drivers, particularly by observing their cars. If you see a car swerving or otherwise driving erratically, better to steer clear. Also, researchers have found that if a car has a lot of damage, such as multiple scrapes and dents, there is a reason for it: bad driving! Bottom line: Pay attention.
• Drive sober. This is a self-explanatory piece of wisdom and should not be ignored. Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being arrested for operating your vehicle while under the influence, it is highly recommended that you contact a reputable, experienced criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts as soon as possible. He or she will explain your legal options and the pros and cons of each one. But BEFORE you get into legal trouble, hurt yourself or others, simply refrain from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Exercise good judgment while driving this weekend and enjoy your Labor Day holiday.
By Tourkantonis & Delaney, PC