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Make Safety a Priority on Your Summer Road Trip

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 driver impairment.

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 in injury.

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.