Each Thanksgiving, drivers travel many distances to celebrate the holiday. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 400 traffic-related deaths occur each year during the long holiday weekend. This year, it is unclear if the car accident fatality rates will be the same, given the likely impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on social gatherings. Despite the expectations of reduced traffic, driving has inherent dangers that can be mitigated with the right approach to road safety.
With the surges of COVID-19 cases, this Thanksgiving will be different in many ways. Some families will travel across state lines, and other families will celebrate in their households. For those who will be traveling by car this Thanksgiving, safety tips for this year includes many familiar suggestions, as well as some newly relevant COVID-19-related recommendations.
The first step is to ensure that the vehicle that will be used is in good shape. A pre-trip tune-up will give a driver confidence that their car is ready for the trip. A mechanic will look at how the car runs and check if any parts need to be replaced, such as the battery, tires, or wiper blades. Headlights and tail lights are also important safety elements that should be in perfect working order.
Every vehicle should be outfitted with certain equipment to use in the event of an emergency. A good emergency kit includes jumper cables, a spare tire, tire changing tools, a flashlight with batteries, road flares, and a warm blanket.
Holiday travelers have a new concern this year with the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus. A car should be stocked with certain essentials that mitigate a traveler’s risk of getting the virus. A stash of disinfecting wipes and sanitizer products should be in the vehicle in case one has to make a rest stop during their travel.
Know the Route
It is always a good idea to consult an online map or program a navigational device before embarking on a car trip. This year, the planning may include trying to avoid COVID-19 hot spots. Planning the route can also help a motorist avoid road closures or work zones that can complicate driving. Weather should also be considered while planning the drive.
Follow Traffic Laws
Drive attentively and soberly. People should only get behind the wheel if they are in suitable condition for driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts everyone at risk. The same is true for drowsy driving and distracted driving. Drivers should obey all traffic laws.
What if I am in a Car Accident?
If a traveler is hurt in a car accident, they may be able to collect damages from the at-fault party, depending on the circumstances. The victim may be eligible to collect compensation for medical bills related to the injuries suffered in the crash, as well as possible claims for lost wages and pain and suffering. A lawyer can help a victim with a personal injury claim after the collision.
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Our Atlantic City car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm help car accident victims understand their rights to compensation. If you were recently involved in a collision, we can help. Contact us online or call us at 609-926-3300 for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.