Many San Diego families will be embarking on road trips this summer. Unfortunately,
as the number of vehicles on the road skyrockets, so does the risk of
a serious crash. A number of other factors also contribute to the spike
in motor vehicles fatalities that tends to occur every summer; they include
an influx of teen drivers, road construction, warmer weather, and increased
To stay safe on the road, we encourage all drivers to follow these simple
tips from the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:
Maintain your vehicle: Verify your vehicle is in optimal driving condition and appropriately
equipped prior to taking to the road. Tires are particularly susceptible
to blowouts in the California heat.
Buckle your seat belt: All drivers and passengers should wear seat belts every time when traveling
in a vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is one of the best defenses to prevent
injury and death in a crash.
Don't drink and drive: Every 45 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving
crash. Be responsible and don't drink and drive. If you plan to drink,
choose a designated driver before going out.
Avoid distractions: Drivers should always focus on keeping their eyes and attention on the
road. According to NHTSA data from 2011, 10 percent of fatal crashes and
17 percent of injury crashes were distracted-affected. Distracted driving
can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving, including
cell phone use, texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking with
passengers, and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices.
Protect child passengers: If you're traveling with children, remember the best way to protect
them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and
use it the right way. All children 13 and younger should ride in the back
seat. Also, to prevent injuries and deaths due to child heatstroke in
hot vehicles, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even if the
windows are partially open or the engine and air conditioning is running.
Make a habit of looking in the front and back of the vehicle before locking
the door and walking away.
Watch for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians: Warmer weather typically attracts a greater number of motorcyclists, bicyclists,
and pedestrians. These roadway users are more vulnerable since they lack
the protection of a car or truck, and collisions almost always result
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California car
accident caused by a negligent driver, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are
dedicated to protecting the rights of California injury victims.