Planning a Road Trip? Know the Accident Risks
Road trips can form the basis of personal memories that last a lifetime. However, there are also risks involved when you are spending long amounts of time on the open road. Here are a few.
When you are on the highways for extended periods, chances are that a distracted driver may put you at risk. Some drivers think that a long car trip gives them an opening to check a text or an email behind the wheel. In the few seconds that they look away from the road, their car can travel the length of a football field. They could either drift from their lane or lose the valuable split second that it takes to stop and avoid an accident. Distracted driving is not just texting. It could also include things like eating and conversations.
Getting proper rest when driving a car should be a top priority. Getting behind the wheel without the proper rest and sleep can be every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. Many motorists try to tough it out and delay stopping for the night or just drive too long without a break. Drowsy driving causes over 100,000 crashes each year. These accidents result in over 1,500 fatalities and 70,000 injuries.
You can almost never drive on the highway without shaking your head and someone else’s lack of common sense. Cars speed by well above the limit, weaving into and out of traffic. This jeopardized the safety of other drivers dutifully following traffic laws. In fact, reckless driving is responsible for about one-third of all fatal car accidents.
Contact a Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured on a road trip, contact a car accident attorney at Rubino Findley, PLLC online or call us at 561.220.0741.