Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

Driving dangers during the Fourth of July

According to Travelers Companies, Inc., out of the holidays that occur during the summer, drivers in Virginia and the rest of the nation are at the most risk for motor vehicle accidents during the Fourth of July holiday. Information gathered by the company regarding 2012 to 2016 auto claims indicate that drivers make 7 percent more motor vehicle accident claims during the Fourth of July and the preceding three days than they do for the Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that for the past 10 years, the Fourth of July has been on average the most lethal day for drivers.

A representative of Travelers states that more drivers tend to engage in drowsy or distracted driving or may get lost during the holiday as traffic can be at its most hectic. It is important that drivers remain focused when they are driving as these circumstances can result in a higher likelihood that a serious auto accident may occur.

The company has provided several suggestions about what drivers should do before they get on the road. This includes inspections and maintenance of their vehicles as well as verifying that the spare tire is in good condition. Drivers may also want to invest in a roadside kit for emergencies. They should have plenty of water and non-perishable foods, sunscreen, road flares, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and towels.

People who sustain injuries in auto accidents due to the negligence of another driver may have legal recourse. A personal injury attorney may examine the factors surrounding an accident and may pursue financial damages against drivers who were drunk, drowsy or distracted while behind the wheel.

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