Summer is in full swing and with it family vacations that include road trips across the United States. One of the most often visited states to top these adventures is . Reason being that the state is home to many attractions such as Elvis’s Graceland, Sun Studios in Memphis, or Nashville (a.k.a. “Music City”). All of these memorable tourist spots also mean an increase in tourist traffic and potential accidents.
is also a state made up of many small towns and communities that host a variety of local events to celebrate holidays and seasonal changes. Taking a few precautions during these times of year can mean the difference between having fun and needing the services of a personal injury attorney.
Increased Summer Traffic Days in
Statistically speaking summertime in is a more dangerous time to travel than during the colder months. Why? Increased speeds, holiday-related drinking over Memorial and July 4th weekends, and long summer days that results in drivers of all ages driving while fatigued.
In addition, ‘s rural roads can give drivers a false sense of security. Lighter traffic can cause unsafe driving behavior, such as speeding. Rural scenery, while often peaceful, can also be distracting – especially if drivers think they can pay less attention to the road because of the rural setting.
What can you do to stay safe in while traveling?
- Don’t use cell phones while you drive;
- Don’t drink and drive;
- Wear your seatbelt, and make sure everyone riding with you does, too;
- Make sure children are appropriately restrained in safety seats, etc., as age and size require;
- Watch out for other impaired drivers;
- Don’t be lulled into complacency by the deceptively “easy driving” of rural roads; and,
- Don’t boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol, either.
Injured in ? Let our experienced personal injury attorneys help!
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident this summer while traveling in , get medical attention immediately. Then call the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law as soon as you can. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but we are available 24/7 to take your call at (615) 422-2222. Day or night, we’re here for you!