Memorial Day Weekend is a busy one for many reasons. First and foremost, it incorporates a day set aside to honor and remember the military men and women who died during service to the United States. People hang flags and visit memorials and cemeteries.
It’s also the weekend traditionally seen as the start of summer, when people hit the road to visit friends and families for picnics and other outdoor activities.
If you and your family are planning to take a road trip for the holiday weekend, our Asheville car accident lawyers remind you that you won’t be alone. AAA Travel predicts 36 million people, a 1.5 percent increase over last year, will be on the roads during the coming weekend.
Some of those drivers will be drunk others might be texting while driving, talking on the phone or have other distractions that keep them from paying attention to the road. Some of those drivers will be aggressive.
We’re asking you not to be any of those drivers and to keep your cool behind the wheel. We don’t want you or your loved ones to be one of the tragic statistics.
Last year during Memorial Weekend, there was an increase in highway fatalities in North and South Carolina. Thirteen people were killed on North Carolina roads, twice as many as on Memorial weekend in 2012. In South Carolina, 12 people were killed, an increase in the Palmetto State compared to 2012.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), aggressive driving is “speeding and driving carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others while committing at least two of the following violations: running a red light or stop sign, illegal passing, failing to yield right of way, following too closely.”
There are simple ways to avoid aggressive driving, even when the conditions can get, well, aggravating:
-Plan your route in advance. Know the roads to travel that will be less congested and whether they might provide easier alternatives to reaching your destination.
-Keep your anger in check. Never take your emotions on the road with you. Listen to soothing music and breathe deeply when you start to get emotional behind the wheel.
-Be polite and courteous to other drivers and treat them the way you would like to be treated.
-Follow all road laws and traffic devices.
-Avoid tailgating other vehicles and cutting off cars and trucks. Keep a safe distance to avoid accidents and to keep from angering other drivers.
-Keep an eye on your speed.
-Don’t make aggressive hand gestures to the other drivers if they offend you with their driving.
-Always use your turn signal. Make sure that other drivers are aware of your intended maneuvers.
-Tell drivers “sorry” if you happen to make a mistake behind the wheel.
-Don’t take other drivers’ mistakes personally.
Wearing your seat belt, not drinking and driving and not texting and driving are all essential in keeping you and your loved ones safe.
If you or a loved is or has been been involved in an accident, you may need a lawyer. The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP are available for a free case evaluation for your injury case. Call 1.800.533.6845.
More Blog Entries:
Increased Auto Insurance Minimums Would Offer More Protection In Case of Car Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April 30, 2013
NC Traffic Safety Report: Distracted Driving Problem Worse Than Ever, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April 24, 2013