With the 2016 holiday season nearly upon us, many people in the Gainesville area are making their holiday travel plans. Every time we get behind the wheel of a car we out ourselves at risk of involvement in an accident, and holiday road trips are no different. If you are planning on driving to visit family and friends this holiday season, you should take steps to minimize your accident. Some of the things you can do to make your holiday trip as safe as possible are discussed below.
Check the Weather
Not everywhere in the country has Florida’s temperate climate. Traveling even just a few hours north can expose you to winter weather conditions like snow and ice, and if you are headed to places like New England or the Midwest, you may even find yourself in a blizzard. Be sure to check the weather before you head out and take appropriate steps to avoid winter weather conditions.
Have the Car Checked Out
You should have a mechanic look at your car before any long road trip. Have him or her check all fluids, headlights, brakes, wipers, and other systems that are essential to the safe operation of your vehicle. If your car needs to be serviced, be sure to have the repairs done before taking your trip.
Get Plenty of Rest
Long road trips can be grueling, and spending 7-8 hours driving can result in significant fatigue. Drowsy driving can affect your reaction time, judgment, awareness, and memory, all of which are necessary in order to drive safely. Get plenty of rest the night before your trip, take lots of breaks, and switch off with other drivers if possible.
What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident
Unfortunately, accidents can happen even when you are being as careful as possible, as there is no way to account of the negligence of others. If you are hurt in an accident, be sure to do the following:
- Report the accident to local law enforcement
- Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, and insurance information
- See a physician, even if you do not believe you are seriously hurt
- Talk to an attorney
Call a Gainesville Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
A car accident can leave you with significant physical injuries and financial losses. The best way to protect your right to recover compensation for your damages is to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call Meldon Law today at 352-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.