Holidays are great!  You are off work, relaxing, and spending time with your family and friends. There is nothing better than a nice, long holiday weekend. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can ruin a holiday weekend faster than a traffic accident. Because Labor Day Weekend creates a surge in traffic on our roads, the risk of traffic accidents increases. Protect your family this Labor Day with these road safety tips.

Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Our vehicles have gotten “smarter” but that does not necessarily mean that drivers are always thinking about safety. The use of cell phones while driving has taken thousands of lives; however, this is not the only distraction. Eating, grooming, reading, and any other activity that removes your focus from driving is a dangerous distraction.

Avoid distractions this Labor Day Weekend so that you can focus on the road ahead. By limiting distractions, you can avoid causing a traffic accident. Focusing on the road may also give you the few seconds you need to avoid an accident due to another driver’s inattention.

Car Maintenance

Before you leave this Labor Day Weekend, have your car inspected. Check all major systems to ensure your vehicle is in top running condition. Make sure to check your tires and brakes as well as windshield wipers, hoses, and lights. The first step in avoiding a traffic accident is to ensure your vehicle is safe to operate.

Buckle Up!

It is the law; however, it is always one of the best ways to protect your family. Make sure that every person in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt or is using a child restraint or safety seat designed for his or her age. It is estimated that seat belts reduce deaths and serious injuries by almost one-half. In 2014, seat belts saved 12,802. Keep your family safe this Labor Day Weekend by buckling up every time you are in your vehicle.

Don’t Drink And Drive

If you enjoy alcohol this Labor Day Weekend, designate a driver or find an alternate form of transportation. Drinking and driving accidents increase over the holidays. Don’t become one of the statistics this holiday weekend.

Carry An Emergency Kit

You never know what may happen while you are on a road trip. Even a short road trip could turn disastrous because of a breakdown. Be prepared by packing an emergency kit before you leave home. Include an emergency medical kit, personal items, and roadside emergency items. Consumer Reports has a checklist you can use as you prepare your emergency car kit.

How Should I Handle A Labor Day Weekend Accident?

If you are in a traffic accident this Labor Day Weekend, try to remain calm. Call for emergency assistance. While waiting for help, take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles, if you can do so safely. Make notes including the names and contact information for eyewitnesses in addition to information about the other driver. Seek medical attention and contact our office for a free legal consultation.

Louisville KY Accident Attorneys

If you or your family member has been injured in a traffic accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Shelton Law Group for a free consultation. You may contact our office by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form.